Here’s a 3 year old grill in desperate need of cleaning. It was located near a pool in a vacation complex and was highly used. Although it had not been maintained on a regular basis, with some elbow grease we got it looking and performing like new again.
The stainless steel warming rack and stainless grills were removed and sprayed with Barbecue Oil Lift in a sink. (This Made in BC product is non-toxic and biodegradable.) We let the oil lift penetrate a couple minutes, then scrubbed the surfaces with a
metal kitchen scrubbie. It took a few applications and rinses but the results were worth it. Note: if you have cast iron grills you should not use a metal scrubber on them as you risk destroying their finish.
There is a buildup of grease and surface residues on the stainless steel cabinetry. It’s important to note that this is surface discoloration only. This image illustrates the quality of the stainless steel used on this Canadian Made Napoleon Prestige natural gas bbq. Had this been a cheap depot store grill, the cabinet doors would likely be pitted and corroded through, beyond cleaning. (Not to mention they would probably have fallen off by now.)
We removed the handle on the cabinet doors before cleaning them so we didn’t have to work around them. We applied the Stainless Steel cleaner with a scotch brite pad in the *direction of the grain* on the stainless door. It was then rinsed
and polished up. Cast aluminum end caps were touched up with high temp bbq paint after cleaning.
The inside of the grill cavity was scraped out with putty knives and thoroughly cleaned. If you regularly maintain your bbq it will extend its
life and will prevent you from having to do a major overhaul like this one.
If you would like to hire someone to come and clean your grill for you, try this local company: bbqbclean