One of the most common problems experienced by restaurant owners is how to clean their commercial grill. It’s understandable because it’s hard to remove the stains, get rid of the remaining grease, and make the grates dirt-free. If you’re having these issues in your food establishment, too, here are some tips for you:
Tools and Materials
Before you start anything, prepare the tools and materials that you need:
- Wire brush or sponge
- Soft brush
- Putty knife
- Paper towels
- 5 gallons of water
- 1/2 gallon of dish soap
- 2 cups of vinegar
- 1 cup of baking soda
You can wear safety equipment, too. Gloves will keep your hands from scratches or cuts while handling the grates and metal parts of the grill. Also, be wary of fine particles, like rust flakes or dust, that may get in your eyes or nostrils. Use a face mask and goggles to prevent that from happening.
Avoid usingharsh cleaning solutions, like thick bleach. While they can definitely make it easier for you to get rid of the grime and dirt, the chemicals in these products can be toxic. These substances can contaminate the food that you’re going to cook in the future.
Once you’ve prepared your tools and materials, it’s time to begin the cleaning process. Follow this step-by-step guide:
- Turn off the gas supply by detaching the propane tank from the grill.
- Remove the grates by pulling them off carefully. Clean them separately by thoroughly scrubbing them with your wire brush.
- Gently stroke the burners and gas tubes with a dry soft brush. Make sure that they won’t get wet to prevent them from malfunctioning.
- Pour dish soap on your wet sponge. Wipe the lid of the grill with it.
- Prepare a homemade cleaning solution with vinegar and baking soda by combining them in a bowl. Use this mixture to remove grime and dirt from the surface of the grill.
- Detach the grease collection tray, and clean it with your vinegar-baking soda solution.
- Dispose of the excess grease properly. Don’t wash it down the drain. Instead, collect it, put it on an empty can, and throw it into the garbage bin.
- Wipe the exterior of the grill with your sponge. Make sure that you’re cleaning the corners and hard-to-reach places where dust usually accumulates.
- Let the wet parts of the grill dry under the sun. After a few hours, put everything back together. Connect the burners to the gas supply, too.
Once you’re done cleaning your restaurant grill, check if it’s working properly. Since you’re removed the grime and dirt that might be clogging the burners, your equipment should be running more efficiently. It’ll start consuming less gas, which can help you save a lot.