People love food cooked outside on the grill. So many of us go out and purchase a nice grill only to find it does not last nearly as long as we would like. The problem is generally not the product, it's the lack of grill maintenance we put in to our investment. That combined with how much we use it and it's no wonder the grill does not last.
The good news is that with proper maintenance your new grill will last and keep working for a long time. Different types of grills (electric, charcoal, gas, etc.) require different different maintenance techniques. But many of the steps are the same no matter what kind of grill you own.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you have certain items on hand at all times. These items include a wire brush, steel wool (preferably with soap in it), dish soap, a sponge, cooking spray oil, baking soda and aluminum foil.
Brushing your grill off is essential and should be done after every use. Here's where the wire brush comes in handy. Brush the entire surface of the grill regularly to keep anything from building up on the surface. The longer you wait before brushing, the harder the food buildup will be to remove. Brush every time to keep the surface clean.
When you finish brushing, use the cooking oil. Just make sure the grill is very cool because the spray is flammable and this could be dangerous. But spraying a cool grill will help prevent rust.
Aluminum foil will also keep your grill looking good. If you rub the grill with the foil and extra grime and build up will come off. And the baking soda does great at polishing and cleaning. So once you've rubbed with aluminum foil, lightly scrub it with the baking soda. You grill will look as good as the day you bought it home from the store. The baking soda is also great for getting extra grime off the handles, knobs and other places that are difficult to brush.
Take extra care of the grill racks. After all, this is where you will put your food. The wire brush will get off alot, then use dish soap to get the rest. If the rack is very hard to clean, the steel wool will take care of it. But rinse well before cooking again.
And for an extra step, get a grill cover to protect it from the elements. You will find that proper grill maintenance will go a long way to keeping your grill looking good and working properly. Maintain it well and you likely will not have expensive repairs, the only thing you'll need to do is keep it clean.