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How to Efficiently Clean an Infrared Grill to See it Last Longer

Rujuta Borkar Apr 19, 2019
Infrared grills are the latest technology in grilling which has made the process easier and less expensive. Here, we will look through the ways in which to clean infrared grills in order to get them to last for longer.
Some herald the summer with their skimpy shorts and trips to the beach and others by lazing by the pool. But everyone will host or go for a BBQ party at least once during the summer. Speaking of BBQ parties, you know that juicy, succulent meat you set your teeth into? There's a reason why it gets like that. We are referring to the grill in which it is made.
While charcoal grills were the most popular form of grilling equipment used until the turn of the millennium, and the newest entrant that made its way into the scene was the infrared grill. These grills cook the meat directly with the help of rays, which then turns the meat nice and cooked on the outside and soft and juicy from the inside.
Most people are now opting for infrared grills instead of the conventional ones because they produce great results, are less expensive in comparison to the other types of grills and are easier to maintain.
The key factor in keeping the grill running smoothly is to ensure that it is maintained well enough. Thus the cleaning of the grill takes prime importance in ensuring its durability. In the sections that are to follow, we will give you certain pointers on how to clean an infrared grill and ensure that it continues to run smoothly for years to come.

Tips to Clean an Infrared Grill

When it comes to cleaning an infrared grill, the most important factor that works in its favor is that it uses very high temperatures to cook the meat. These high temperatures usually burn off the food particles that are stuck in the grill.
Yet, to ensure a thorough cleaning of the insides of the grill, as well as the surface of the same, one needs to have some methods ready. In the following sections, we will take you through the different ways of cleaning an infrared grill effectively.

Cleaning the Grill Grate

The grill grate is where you'll place your meat pieces for cooking, so cleaning it well is very important. One must always wipe the grate clean with a soft and wet cloth before cooking so that it cleans the surface and ensures that the heat is equally distributed throughout.
If the grill is being used after a long time, use a mixture of mild liquid detergent with warm water and wipe the grill grate clean to get rid of the dust.
After the grill has been used, try to get to the cleaning as soon as possible so that the grime does not settle into a hardened mess. The simplest way to get rid of the food particles that have settled onto the grill plates is by running the grill on very high temperatures for about 10 minutes.
Do this right after the cooking so that the grease, grime and other food particles will be cooked off. Now let the grill cool down before moving on to a more thorough cleaning of the same.
To give the grill a more thorough cleaning, clean it with a detergent base. Detach the grill plates from the grill and use a stainless steel brush to scrub the grime off. For more stubborn grime and particles, use a mild cleaner to spray onto the grill. Ensure that the cleaner is non-abrasive so that the surface of the grill plates does not get scratched.
Spray the cleaner on the grill plate (ensure that it does not drip) or on a soft cloth and gently scrub the grime away. Once the grime has been cleaned off, wipe with a wet cloth to get rid of the cleaner and grime residue. Let the plate dry out before fitting it back in.

Cleaning the Grill Body

It is also important to keep the body of the grill spotless. For this, use a mild detergent or a dish washing soap. Measure out 1 tbs of the same and mix it in ½ gallon of water to create the cleaning solution. Dip a soft cloth in the same and gently clean the same. This works well with grills that are made from aluminum.
For cleaning stainless steel grills, use a non-abrasive mild cleaner. Spray the same on the body and gently wipe off with a soft cloth. Or, pour a few drops on a wet cloth and wipe the body clean.
Now that you know how to clean an infrared grill, ensure that you employ all these pointers and keep your grill spotlessly clean. Do not ignore this in any way because this is exactly what will guarantee the long-lasting functionality and durability of the grill. Which only means that much more delicious servings of meat for your summer.