Cleaning Porcelain Grill Grates

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When cleaning porcelain grill grates, special precautions must be taken so as not to damage the porcelain coating on the grates. With proper maintenance, porcelain grill grates can last a long time. If you've invested in a good barbecue grill, these cleaning tips can help keep it looking great for years to come.

Cleaning Porcelain Grill Grates the Right Way

Porcelain grill grates are actually metal grill racks coated with heavy porcelain. The metal cores consists of either iron or steel, with iron being the preferred material. Iron heats up faster and hotter than steel and provides an ideal cooking surface when coated with porcelain. Manufacturers often use steel in less expensive grills. Both metals are coated with a heavy layer of porcelain. This creates an ideal grill grate - easy to heat, easy to clean. But after many uses, porcelain grill grates need a good cleaning.

Materials Needed

For cleaning porcelain grill grates, you'll need:

  • A soft surface, such as piece of plywood or a table covered with a heavy drop cloth.
  • Two gallon bucket
  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Rags
  • Soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush

How to Clean

Fill the bucket with warm water and add a squirt of dishwashing liquid. Remove the grill grate from the grill. Hose it off with clean water and then lay it on either a piece of plywood or a thick folded cloth to protect its surface. Dip your rag into the bucket of warm soap water and scrub the grill surface, making sure you get into all the cracks. If baked on material won't come off with just the rag, switch to a soft bristle brush. An old toothbrush works well as long as it is soft bristle, or another type of cleaning brush with soft bristles. Once cleaned, rinse with clear water and allow to air dry before placing it back on the grill. You can also dry it with a soft towel or a clean rag before replacing it on the grill.There are special porcelain grill cleaning brushes on the market. They usually have soft brass bristles and are fine for use on the porcelain surface. Be careful of brushes that have a scraper on the end; never use scrapers on the surface of a porcelain grill, no matter how baked on the food and grease are on the surface of the grate. The scraper can damage the surface and create splits, cracks and chips that allow moisture inside, creating damage to the metal core of the grill grate.

Keeping It Clean

Once you've cleaned your grill, you'll want to keep it clean. Rinse grill grates off between use to prevent food particles and grease from building up on the surface.

Routine Care of Porcelain Grills

Routine care can keep your porcelain grill looking beautiful for many years to come. The porcelain finish adequately protects the metal underneath from rust and corrosion, but if chips develop in the porcelain, water can seep in and create rust.

To prevent chips in porcelain grill grates, never bang them around while cleaning the grill or moving the grill unit. When using metal utensils, work carefully around the grill surface, avoiding a direct and hard hit with metal against porcelain. Avoid cleaning porcelain grills on hard surfaces or laying grill grates onto cement, concrete or other rough and scratchy materials.

Cleaning Porcelain Grill Grates