How to Clean Your Grill: Follow these Foolproof Methods by Expert Degreasers

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Cleaning Grills

Cleaning a grill is a vital process to ensure its quality and longevity over time. There are many different types of commercial and personal grills. Finding an effective way to clean them is something all owners must do. Having a spotless and sanitary place to cook food is essential.

Commercial Grills

Commercial grills are usually much larger than personal ones used at one’s home. They are meant to cook food for a large number of people. Every restaurant or business should make it their top priority to thoroughly clean their grills. One of the most common and popular pieces of cooking equipment used in the restaurant industry is the flat top grill. A flat-top has a very simple design with ample space to cook food. It looks different than a traditional grill that one might think of as being used at one’s home. Commercial flat-top grills are usually made out of stainless steel.

Commercial flat-top grills can be cleaned in a number of different ways. They are used to cook a variety of different foods in restaurants. This leads to a buildup of grease and food residue over time. It can happen very quickly and some establishments may choose to clean their grills every day if need be. Bacteria is also something that builds up and it is necessary to clean the grill to ensure proper sanitation. 

To begin cleaning, one should start up and heat the grill. This will address the issue of grease and residue accumulation on the cooking surface. The heat will allow the hardened residue to weaken and be easily cleaned off. A scraper is an essential tool for cleaning. It is helpful to use one because it can remove residue effectively. After cleaning and scraping away the residue, the next step is to thoroughly scrub the cooking surface. When scrubbing the cooking surface, there are several different cleaning solutions one can use. 

During the scrubbing phase, there are different solutions one can choose to employ. Some of these cleaning methods are common, while others are more uncommon. Some of the different cleaning solutions are:

As listed above, there are many different cleaning solutions and combinations one can try out. Some of them are a bit “homemade” and have a unique feel to them. It is important to consider the type of grill that one is using and try out a cleaning solution that seems most viable. Experimenting with different cleaning solutions can help one figure which works best. After one is done scrubbing with a cleaning solution of one’s choice, it is wise to apply some oil to the cooking surface to help safeguard against rusting. One should also clean out the grease catcher or container.

After the cleaning process is complete, one may choose to re-season the cooking surface. Since the cooking surface is thoroughly clean, it needs to be re-seasoned if one’s commercial establishment cooks food that is very focused on seasoning and flavors. This will allow for the cooking surface to be ready for use the next day.

There are other cleaning methods besides scraping, scrubbing and using cleaning solutions. Using onion is another useful cleaning method. Using an onion to rub-down the cooking surface while it is still warm is an effective method. An onion is a natural method to soak up the grease that accumulates while cooking. It is also possible to steam the cooking surface clean as well by just using water.

Cleaning Home Grills

Cleaning home grills are just as important as cleaning ones at commercial establishments. It is important to have sanitary cooking equipment at home to cook food for one’s self, family, or guests. Cleaning a home grill is a similar process to cleaning large commercial ones. 

Many of the same cleaning solutions can be used on home grills. Using vinegar, onion, homemade cleaning solutions, or another type of degreaser mentioned earlier can be used. Some different methods can be used as well. 

One of the different methods one can use is to burn away the residue on the cooking surface. Gas grills can be closed and heated up. This will allow the residue to be scorched away. It is a simple and effective cleaning method. One can then easily brush and scrub away any residue that is still left. 

If one does not want to heat up and burn away the residue, soaking the grates is another option. By simply removing the grates, one can soak the grates in a bucket, large bin, or anything big enough to hold the grates. The soaking process should take at least half an hour or more. Anything else that one wants to clean can be done this way as well.

Charcoal grills are also very common in addition to gas grills. Cleaning charcoal grills is a bit of a different process since they are built differently. It is important to first remove any old ash and bricks. One should throw these away and begin the cleaning process. 

Cleaning off the grates is the next step and it can be done with a brush or other household items such as tongs and aluminum foil. After the grates are taken care of, use oil on them to thwart off the rust from forming. This is a similar technique that is used on commercial grills. It is very helpful and keeps the cooking surface in great condition over the long term. 

The charcoal grilling bowl must be cleaned as well. Cleaning and scrubbing it down with the brush and cleaning solution of one’s choice will complete the charcoal grill cleaning process.

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