Stainless steel is one of the most popular options on the market for BBQ grills and outdoor kitchens. Stainless steel is a nonporous material that’s known for being sanitary because it’s relatively germ free as well as it gives the feel of modern luxury and style.
While stainless steel is considered corrosive-resistant, durable and highly resistant to harsh cleaning products its not impervious. Despite its durability and resistance stainless steel can still burn over time, develop water deposits, scratch and even rust. “Why? I thought stainless steel was rust proof?” Well, there are different grades of stainless steel. A well built outdoor gas barbeque grill is manufactured from an 18 gauge 304 stainless steel – any other grade is considered to be a lesser quality. Most high end grill manufacturers in the US will use a 304 stainless steel while other grill manufacturers outside the US will use a lesser grade to save money and keep the cost down. While a sales rep at the local home improvement store won’t tell you the grade or simply might not know it’s important to understand what grade of stainless steel your grill is made of because it can affect how well it will clean and keep its appearance over time.
If you spent as little as $300 on your grill or up to $3000 you made an investment and expect it to last for many years if not a lifetime. In order to protect your investment your barbeque grill and outdoor kitchen should be treated like an indoor appliance and be cleaned regularly.
Why Clean your Grill?
There’s nothing less appetizing about grilling on a grate blackened with residue, grease and grime. Would you cook a greasy meal on the stove and leave the residue in the pan for the next time you use it? No, you would wash it with soap and water so it was clean for your next meal. With each use, your barbecue accumulates grease, grime and ashes. Our leftover food particles and grease build-up is a dinner bell to bugs, insects and rodents that will get inside and feast on our drippings. Cooking on these dirty grates can contaminate food with bacteria and carcinogens and should be cleaned on a regular basis. Don’t buy the hype that burning off the grease and scraping it off with a brush is getting your grates clean! If you’re like millions of other grillers that leave your grill brush hanging on the side or inside the cabinet remember – bugs and insects don’t care where they get their food and will land on the brush – all you’re doing is smearing bug “stuff” right back onto your grates right before you put your food down…ewwww!
If you have let your stainless steel BBQ grill get damaged by a lack of cleaning and it’s become very dirty with lots of baked on mess, you could be in for a tough cleaning job. If you want to keep your stainless steel grill clean and looking its best, clean it regularly and polish it whenever it begins to appear dull. A good quality cover will also help preserve the stainless steel and help keep it clean. Simple maintenance and regular cleaning not only make the cleanup job easier but will ensure your grill stays in tip-top shape for years to come.
Hire a Professional Cleaner
Didn’t know a professional BBQ cleaning service existed? Prestige BBQ and Oven Cleaning is a Denver, Colorado BBQ Cleaning service that provides professional BBQ cleaning; they will leave your grill and outdoor kitchen looking (almost) as new as the day you bought it. Their cleaners are environmentally friendly, non caustic, fume free and without the use of high pressure water. Feel free to view their website and facebook page for great before and after pics.