Like any other household fixture, your grill needs some TLC, too – that is if you want it around for many years to come. Taking care of a grill requires more than just scraping off burnt food off the grills. Set aside some time to give it a proper cleaning from time to time and be sure you check it regularly for maintenance.
Here are 5 easy tricks to help prolong the life of your grill:
Clean it every after use
It might seem like a hassle to clean your grill after each use, especially if you grill all the time. But it’s a small step to take that will extend the life of your grill and save you a lot of money. This is also easier to do than doing a deep cleaning once in a while. Use a good grill brush to scrub the grates and make sure to get all the ash and other debris which can quickly accumulate at the bottom.
Cover it when not in use
There are times when you’ll go several days or even weeks without using your grill. If you leave it out in the yard, salt air, moisture and even chemicals may damage its exterior. That’s why it’s ideal to invest in a good grill cover. Alternatively, move your grill indoors if you have a storage area like your garage or a shed.
Take care of the grates
The grates are the most used part of the grill, that’s why they wear easily. To help extend their life, use solid vegetable shortening for protection. If you find rust, remove it immediately using sandpaper or a brush. If your grates and grids are really worn out, consider replacing them.
Regularly check for clogs
To make sure that your grill works efficiently, make it a habit to check for clogs regularly. Take out the burners and check for grease and grime build-up. Clean and unclog if necessary, and replace burners that cannot be cleaned.
Do repair work
If your grill doesn’t want to ignite, it doesn’t mean that you have to purchase a brand new grill. It might just be the electronic switch module or the ignite switch that’s malfunctioning. Take the time to repair or replace it. Call your grill’s customer service for questions if you’re having trouble with the repair.
Follow these 5 easy tricks to prolong the life of your grill!