You may have noticed that our last handful of articles were aimed at new grillers who are looking for tips, tricks, and general advice about how to get started grilling on the right foot. At Mighty Flame Propane Cylinder Exchange, we are happy to say that there’s nothing we love more than sharing our passion with others. On the other hand, if you have been grilling for years, you might be wondering if we’ll have a blog for you and as a matter of fact, we do.

In today’s post, we’d like to look at a topic that most of us pretend doesn’t exist. That’s right, we’ll be going into depth about why you need to clean your grill and how to best go about doing it. Whether the grill you’ve had for years is in need of a bit of TLC or you inherited a grill from a loved one and it needs some work, this blog is specifically for you.

Although you may be dreading the thought, don’t worry too much because after today’s post, you ought to be all fired up–pardon the pun–and eager to set yourself up perfectly for grilling season with a grill that’s shiny and good as new. And so without further ado, let’s get the process started!

Why You Need to Clean Your Grill

The truth of the matter is that having a grill that’s nice and clean is just a part of being prepared to do your best grilling. It’s a little bit like the ideal workshop; making sure it’s cleaned and picked up with everything in its right place improves your workflow and ensures that you’re able to get your project done without any major hiccups.

Of course there are plenty of practical advantages of keeping your grill clean as well. Chief among them is the reassurance you get from knowing that any food you’re going to be cooking on your grill will come out looking and tasting perfect. At the end of the day, that’s the goal, isn’t it? It almost goes without saying that the cleaner your grill is, the safer your experience will be. One of the last things you want when you’re grilling is a big flame up and keeping your grill clean means you get to avoid that particular danger, so it truly is a win/win situation.

So between the flame ups and the cleanliness of your food, that’s plenty of reason to keep a grill clean right there! Beyond that, you can add years of life to your grill by doing a bit of work and keeping it nice and clean. After all, grills–even the cheap ones–can cost a pretty good chunk of change. To put it simply, it’s in your best interest to protect your investment by keeping it clean.

What You Need to Clean Your Grill

One of the best things you can do is to build yourself a little grilling tool kit that you keep tucked away in the garage. That way when the time comes, all you have to do is break out your kit and get to work. We recommend keeping a small pocket notebook with your cleaning kit to keep note of the dates that you clean your grill so you can reference them later if need be.

But what should go in your grill kit? That’s a great question, and of course it will be slightly subjective. A few of the things we recommend keeping to clean your grill are a pair of cleaning gloves, a sponge, stainless steel cleaner, a grill brush, a paint scraper, plenty of rags or cloths,  and a roll of paper towels. Depending on the grill you have and the level of cleaning it needs, you might not need all of these things, but it’s good to have them around nevertheless. You’ll also need some soapy water handy when the time comes.

Now the good part–once you have your cleaning products assembled, how should you actually go about cleaning your grill?

Stay Tuned for Part Two

In part two of our series, we’ll show you how to go about getting your grill clean! In the meantime, find a propane tank exchange location near you to make sure you’re stocked up!