How do I care for my grill?

Whether your grill is charcoal or gas, performing regular cleaning and maintenance will lengthen its life and keep it operating in top form. These tips can help:

  • Clean drip trays to prevent flareback.
  • If turning the grill on high doesn't burn off drippings and other debris on the smart bars, clean them with mild, warm soapy water.
  • Clean the outside. Not only will it look better, but grease and salt can damage painted surfaces. Avoid using a harsh cleaner; mild soapy water will do just fine.
  • Discard your charcoal grill's ashes -- after they're cooled, of course.
  • If you keep the grill outside, protect it with a water-resistant cover after each use.
  • If you haven't cleaned your grill in a while, the job may take a little more work, but these ideas can make the task easier:
  • Combine one part water and one part distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle and heavily spray the inside of the grill. Close the lid and let the mixture work for at least an hour, softening the burned particles and making them easier to remove.
  • Clean the grate with an oven cleaner, following manufacturer's instructions. This is the only part of the grill where it's okay to use oven cleaner; the harsh chemicals can damage other surfaces on your grill.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

 

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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