Apr
23

Cleaning the Racks of Stainless Steel Grills

Contributed By: BAG Editors

When you think about cleaning the racks of your grill, you may cringe at the thought.  However, preparing the racks of stainless steel grills for spring and summer does not have to be this unbearable.  The task of cleaning racks can be so much easier if you have the know-how.

Keeping your grill in top-notch shape requires that you clean it after each use.  If you let the burnt food sit on it for a long period of time, then the cleaning part will surely be more challenging.  Using wire brushes and steel wool may result in scathing, which will fill up with burnt on debris and make your rack that much harder to clean.

stainless steel grill racksNever use an abrasive cleaner for racks of stainless steel grills.  Remember that when the grill is used over and over, you’ll notice its grates becoming discolored.  Although it may not attain the shiny appearance that it once had, it’s possible to prevent pits, scrapes, and rust from corroding your grill, as long as you correctly maintain it.

Here are a few methods to clean your stainless steel grill:

1. Vinegar - using vinegar will dissolve food that’s burnt, as it gently cleans the rack.  After the grill cools, dilute two cups of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.  Spray the grill and let the solution sit for about ten minutes.  You then fold foil, thick enough so that it won’t tear, and scrub the rack with it.  The foil can help remove debris without leaving scratch marks.

2. Burning - another way to clean stainless steel grills is to turn up the flames and burn debris left.  As the grill is still hot, use a soft brush to scrub the remaining debris.  Once the grill has cooled, you should then use a rag, soaked in water or vinegar solution, to finish the cleaning process.

3. Soaking - there are times when racks require overnight soaking.  To do this, put the grill rack in a large sturdy garbage bag.  Mix two cups vinegar with one cup baking soda and pour it into the bag, then tie it shut.  During the next day, take the racks out and hose them down, or you can use a rag to wipe off the debris.

Cleaning the racks of stainless steel grills doesn’t have to be such a difficult and dreaded task, if you know what you are doing and keep up with the cleaning on a regular basis.  If done correctly, you will just be able to enjoy the use of your stainless steel grill, without lots of cleaning headaches.

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