Nothing says summer like firing up the grill. But a backyard shindig can go bad if your grill is out of shape. Check out these tips to ensure your grates are ready-to-go for Memorial Day:
- Grill covers are the best way to protect your grill all year long. The cover should have a cloth lining to draw moisture away from the metal and prevent rusting. If your cover took a beating over the winter months and has holes or tears, now is the perfect time to replace it.
- Bugs and spiders often set-up house in a grill’s tiny nooks and crannies. Pull out the hose and give the entire grill a quick rinse to remove unwanted squatters.
- Scrub charred build-up on grates, burners and other interior surfaces with a nonscratch sponge or brush. Then, wipe down the surfaces with soapy water, rinse, and dry thoroughly.
- To soften heavy build-up, squirt surfaces with a spray bottle filled with equal parts of vinegar and water, and let the solution sit for an hour.
- Check for a leaky propane tank by wiping sudsy water around the connections and turning on the gas. If bubbles appear, you’ve got a leak and the connection needs to be tightened or replaced.
- Drain and clean the grease traps, the trays under the firebox that collect fat drippings. Large amounts of grease may ignite.
- After you cook, maintain a clean grill by running the burners for a few minutes with the lid off. Then, scrub the grates with a brush or a ball of foil.