Keeping your commercial charcoal grill clean and fresh can make a big difference in how your food tastes. Cleaning charbroilers will also extend the life of the equipment.
In addition to cleaning the inside of the grill, you should also clean the grates. Grates are made of stainless steel, cast iron, porcelain or a combination of these. Each material has different cleaning requirements.
Grates should be cleaned at the beginning of each season. Grates made of cast iron should be seasoned after each cleaning. Using a high temperature oil can help prevent rust and extend the life of the grates.
Grates made of porcelain and stainless steel can be cleaned with a soft cloth and water. They can also be brushed with a wire brush. You can also scrape off the baked-on food and residue with a metal scraper attached to the back of the grill brush.
If you own a charcoal grate, you should clean it once a month. If you only use the grill broiler occasionally, you should clean it quarterly. You can also purchase a cleaning tool from the manufacturer to clean your grates.
For porcelain and stainless steel grates, you can use a specially formulated stainless steel grill cleaner. You can also use a mixture of Dawn washing-up liquid and baking soda. You should soak the grates in the solution for about eight hours. After this time, you can wipe the grates with a dry cloth.