How To Wash Your Grill and Clean it's Cast Iron Grill Grate?

doing a detailed outdoor grill wash

A lot of people use cast iron grill grate. The reason because of which a lot of people use the cast iron grill grate is because it is very durable. Despite being very popular amongst people, the majority of the people don't know how to clean the cast iron grill grate. As with any other grill or outdoor cooking device, the cast iron grill gate also requires constant cleaning as well as maintenance to keep it functioning smoothly. Constant cleaning and maintenance also make your cast iron grill grate look good.

How to clean the grill and it's cast iron grill grate?

The cast iron grill grates are very tough as well as resilient to scratches. Unlike the stainless steel grills which get discolored as well as get scratches when you try to clean them with the help of some abrasive cleaning products, the cast iron grill grate doesn't show any such signs of discoloration or scratches even after being cleaned by some resilient cleaning product. This usually happens because the cast iron grill grates are very tough as well as resilient.

the proper way to clean your grill's iron grates

The challenge that people usually face with the cast iron grill grates is different from what they face when they use a stainless steel grate. In the case of stainless steel grills, the major issue is that the grill will get discolored or will get scratches, but with the cast iron grill grate, the issue that people usually face is that it develops rust.

Take care from the beginning

When a person buys a new cast iron grill, he or she must follow the instructions that are provided on the user manual of the grill. They should especially pay attention to the details given there regarding the seasoning of the grill. Just like the cast iron pots and cast iron pans, the very first step in keeping your cast iron grill clean and prevent it from rusting is by seasoning it properly before you use it.

There are many cases in which a person doesn't buy a new cast iron grill but buys a used cast iron grill from another person who has been using it. In such cases, the person who buys it can easily tell if the previous owner was taking good care of the grill or not. He or she can do this very easily, just by looking at the condition of the grill. If the cast iron grill has a good amount of rust settled upon it, then there's a high chance that the grill was not seasoned properly by the previous owner or it might not have received regular and constant care. So, if you have received a cast iron grill with a thick amount of rust build on it, then also you don't need to worry as restoring a cast iron grill with a thick layer of rust to its original and proper working condition is not an impossible thing to do.

How to remove rust from a cast iron grill?

You can start the cleaning process of the cast iron grill with the help of an abrasive cleanser or abrasive cleaning tool. To get the layer of rust out of the cast iron grill you can use items such as wire brushes. In place of a wire brush, you can also use steel wool to clean up the cast iron grill. Both of these are very good options for you to consider.You can start the rust removal process by just using an abrasive cleaning tool in addition to your muscle power or you can use a cleaning solution to help you in the cleaning process if you don't want to use your strength in the cleansing. Here we will tell you about such solutions which will help in the process of rust removal.

cleaning grill with baking soda and vinegar
  1. Vinegar - You have to rub the vinegar with full force on the rust and then have to leave it for some time. The vinegar will slowly dissolve the rust. After this, you can use a wire brush or wool, steel to remove the rust.
  2. Baking Soda - In place of vinegar, you can also use a paste of baking soda and water. A thick paste of baking soda and water is to be made. After this, just like the vinegar it is to be rubbed on the rusted surface and has to be left for some time to dissolve the rust. After this, the rust should be cleaned with the help of a wire brush or wool steel.
  3. Salt paste - If the rust is very stubborn and baking soda and vinegar isn't working, then you can use a paste made up of kosher salt along with water. It needs to be rubbed with full force on the rusted surface. After this, the rust should be cleaned with the help of a wire brush or wool steel.

You can remove the layer of rust from the cast iron grill and easily increase the life of the cast iron grill as long as the rust hasn't eaten up through the entire cast iron grill. There are multiple ways in which you can remove the layer of rust from the cast iron grill. You should act before the rust eats up the iron. Once cleaned, you should take constant care of your cast iron grill.

Amanda Braun
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