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Preparing and having a meal on an RV grill is probably the most memorable experience when we are on a trip. But what if the grill is dirty? What do you do to clean an RV grill? This is a very common question. So, how do you clean an RV grill?
How Do You Clean an RV Grill?
There are many methods of cleaning your RV or camping grills. Each method will require different materials and time to complete. Before deciding on a method, it helps to know what type of material is on the grill and what condition it’s in when you start attempting to clean it.
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#1 Cleaning a Rusty Grill with Wire Grill Brush
A wire grill brush will be the most effective method for cleaning a rusty grill. This method requires a scraping-type brush with a steel or brass handle. The wire brush used must have fairly rigid bristles and should scrape the surface of the grates to remove debris, rust and old food. A wire brush can also be used on cast iron porcelain coated grills but with much less pressure, as these grills are often delicate in nature and may break if it is used too aggressively.
#2 Cleaning with Soap
A rich, smelly barbeque sauce is great for cleaning gas grills, but not so good for oil-fueled grills. Oily-based cooking oil will wreck any high-temperature coating on your grill or steamer while leaving a coating of grease on the grill if flushed down the drain. This type of oil stain can be cleaned with soap, but it often doesn’t get all of it out completely.
#3 Using Grill Cleaners
There is a wide variety of high-quality grill cleaners on the market that will make this job much easier. Simply spray them on, allow the cleaner to sit for a few minutes, and scrub with a wire brush or sponge. These products can be purchased in most home stores and at many RV or camping stores. Keep in mind that these cleaners will eat away at any coating on your grill if it remains on the surface for an extended period of time.
Other methods of cleaning a grill include the use of different kinds of chemicals. The most effective method is to spray the grill and let it sit for about 30-60 minutes. Most of these products will not eat away at the coating that keeps your grill looking good, as long as you properly clean it right after use.
A thorough scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush or wire brush is necessary to remove caked-on dirt and grease from your grills.
A good scrub and rinse with plain water will leave your grill looking brand new. The key here is to use as little water as possible to avoid rusting the metal.
#4 Using Acid Dip for Professionals
An acid dip is for iron grills or stainless steel grates that are in bad condition. This may be the best method if you’ve got many holes or pits in your grill surface, but it should only be done by a professional plumber or an experienced do-it-yourselfer that knows how to handle acids and caustic materials safely.