Keeping your grill grates free from rust and in good shape requires thorough cleaning and maintenance after every use. The technique is so simple, as soon as you finished cooking, it is advisable to clean it immediately when the grill grate is still hot because the longer you leave the burnt food particles on the grate, the harder it will be to clean. The method you use to clean grill grates will also depend on the material it was made of. Most people use a grill steel brush to clean off the grates but this method will harm the finish of your grate if it is made of stainless steel. Here are few easy tips on how to clean rust from grill grates.
Tip 1: Stack a pile of charcoal in the center of the grill.
Ignite the coals to heat it up or turn up all burner valves if you are using a gas or propane grill. The purpose is to heat up the grill to easily remove the grease residue, rust and food particles. Use barbecue mittens in doing this. Apply grease or oil on the grill to loosen up the sticky food particles and rust.
Tip 2: Remove the grill grate from the grill.
If the grill grate is made up of metal, use a grill steel brush to scrub the bulk of rust from the grill grates. If your grill grate is made up of stainless steel, soak it in water and use soft wet cloth to remove the dirt and rust. For stubborn dirt and rust but you do not want to damage the grate, you can use brass bristled brush.
Tip 3: Scrub the grate.
Apply enough amount of grease cutting detergent to the brush and scrub the surface of the grill grate back and forth. Apply enough pressure while scrubbing the rust away.
Tip 4: In cleaning the grill, use baking soda.
Baking soda contains semi-hard particles but gentle enough for scouring metals. Put back the grill grate into the heated grill with a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The baking soda will create carbon dioxide bubbles as it heats up which will help scrub and remove the rust in the grill. Remove the heated charcoal or turn off the burner valve and let the grill cool down before you scrub and wipe the grill.
Tip 5: Get a spraying bottle and set the spray nozzle to mist and fill it up with white vinegar.
Spray vinegar over the grate on rusty areas until it is well coated. The component present in the vinegar which is the acetic acid will safely corrode the rust without the harsh chemical reaction. Re-spray if needed. Wipe the grill grate with a clean rug to remove the rust residue and vinegar. You can also use sand paper to clean your grill grates. The hard particles of the sand paper will scour away the rust, but it could also damage your grill grate. To avoid too much scrubbing on your grill grates, the best way is to keep it greasy in between cooking. This will prevent the buildup of stubborn grease and rust.
It is important to know how to clean grill grates without using any chemicals since you are using it for cooking. These simple tips above generally work well and good for everyday use. You can trust them when you want to clean a grill grate.