The sun has finally arrived and it’s time to fulfil those cravings of barbecued burgers, bangers and buns, hooray!
It’s been a long time since we saw our glorious BBQ, so it’s probably been gathering dust and dirt in the shed. This step by step guide will get it looking shiny and new and ready for the long-awaited heat wave. So follow this guide, get out the sunglasses, slap on the sun cream and soak up that sun!
Step 1: Crank up the Heat
There’s probably still some stuck on food lingering around from last year’s garden parties! Light some fresh coals in your barbecue and leave them to reach a high heat. This will melt the stubborn stains and make it much easier to clean.
Step 2: Get Steamy
Allow your barbecue to cool slightly but, while it’s still warm, cover the grill with damp newspaper. Close the lid and leave it for around half an hour for a thorough steam clean.
Step 3: Use Your Elbow Grease
Now for the real cleaning! Using a wire brush, scrub away any remaining food particles. Then, with a specialised BBQ cleaner and a dishcloth, wipe down the grill until it’s sparkling clean. Tip away any leftover ash from the base into a bucket as it will collect moisture and be harder to clean if left.
Step 4: Make it Shine
Using a fresh cloth and warm, soapy water, wipe down the exterior. If your barbecue is stainless steel, use a specialist cleaner and wipe in the direction of the grain to maintain the colour and shine. A good trick to protect the outside of your barbecue is to give it a light coating of baby oil. This is particularly useful if you’re planning to keep your it outside all summer.
Step 5: Minimise Future Cleaning!
Next time you fire up your barbecue, give it a coating of sunflower oil before you start. This will prevent food from sticking to the surface. A barbecue hotplate liner is also a great tool for keeping your barbecue clean and prevent food from sticking to the grill.
Step 6: Cover Up
It may seem like a lot of hassle, but using a barbecue cover after each use will protect it from elements and save you from the dreaded cleaning chore in the future!
While you’re in the spring cleaning mood, why not check out our tips on how to clean your gardening appliances.