While the inside of your grill may see the most action, it is not the only place that dirt and grime accumulate. Over time, this debris can erode the surface of the grill, not only making it look less attractive, but also potentially hampering the functionality of the grill, as well.
It is just as important to clean the outside of your grill as it is to clean the inside. Fortunately, cleaning the outside is typically much easier than cleaning the outside. Here are a few tips for how to clean the outside of your grill:
Use Hot, Soapy Water
Typically, most grills only need a good wash down with a sponge and some hot, soapy water. A mild soap will usually be enough to clean off the dust and debris that has accumulated, as well as to cut through any grease that has settled there. Use a soft cloth to prevent scratching the surface of the grill and the knobs.
Apply a Degreaser
If your grill has gone a long time without attention, you may have to use more powerful cleaning agents to cut through the oil that has built up on the surface. You can use a degreaser or even an oven cleaner to get strong cleaning power. Spray it on and let it sit, if necessary. You should then be able to wipe the grease and grime clean with ease.
Use a Scrubbing Sponge
If you have a really tough case, you'll need to use a scrubbing sponge to get off built-up debris. Make sure you use a common scrubbing brush like you would use for washing dishes or a fine steel pad. Otherwise, you could risk scratching the surface of the grill. Pay close attention as you go to look for any signs of scratching.