A basic cleaning after each use, combined with a more thorough annual cleaning/service will not only result in better tasting food and prevent nasty flare-ups, but will also greatly extend the life of your barbecue.
A good cleaning also provides an opportunity to inspect the overall condition of your barbecue, and it's various parts.
Here's what to look for:
- Are there any chips or cracks in the grates or burners?
- Is there any surface rust appearing?
- Have insects (particularly spiders) made nests resulting in clogged burner tubes? This last point of inspection is of particular concern, as dense spider's nests will impede gas flow and can become a fire hazard.
If you choose the DIY route for your annual cleaning, be sure to give yourself a couple of hours to complete the project.
We love this informative video, courtesy of Lowes. Not only does it provide a list of the tools you will need to complete the project, but will also walk you through the process in a simplified manner.
Above all, be sure to clean your barbecue according to the manufacturer's specific instructions.
Grill grates, burners and surfaces are available in a variety of materials and cannot always be treated in the same way, or with the same products.
Should you have any questions about our cleaning services or about cleaning your own barbecue, please give us a call or leave us a comment.