How to Clean Your Grill for Spring

How to Clean Your Grill for Spring
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Giving your grill a good spring cleaning will extend its life and make grilling more enjoyable. The best thing about this spring cleaning job is that it’s simple as pie – the whole job shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes.

Just remember, your grill is an important investment, and an indispensible part of your cooking routine. By following these easy steps and cleaning your grill regularly, you’ll extend its life – and your enjoyment of the grill – for years to come.

59 thoughts on “How to Clean Your Grill for Spring

  1. I just purchased a Char Broil Infrared Grill. How do I clean the grates? Can I clean them in the dish washer?

    1. You want to burn off the excess food by turning your burners on high for about 15 minutes. if you’re using a nylon cleaning brush, let the grates cool and then scrub them to remove anything left over. Then season your grates with a cooking spray to prevent rust.

      If you want a true deep clean, you can soak the grates in soapy water and scrub them clean. Let them dry in the sun, place them back on the grill and season them.

      1. I just purchasd a Char-Broil grill and the instructions state NOT to burn off the excess to clean it. Please clarify.

        1. Depending on the make and model of your grill, your grill grates may not be designed for the burn off method. For those grates we recommend a deep cleanse:

          Mix 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda in a garbage bag.
          Seal the grates in the garbage bag with a rubber band.
          Soak the grates overnight.
          Remove the grates and rinse them off with water. The food that was originally stuck on the grates should fall off, but if there’s anything still stuck on you should be able to easily scrub off the rest.
          Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

          1. My model is 463234815. Just want to be sure we should be burning off the food, because we have been. Thanks

    1. There are many different style covers to choose from. The Rip Stop covers are heavy duty covers.

  2. Burner Brace/Carryover has rusted and need to make repair on model#463240904…Is this a difficult repair and does it screw onto grill or how?

    1. Changing the carryover tube is relatively simple. You’ll want to unscrew the old carryover tube and pop it off the burners. Then you can pop on your new carryover tube and screw it on.

    1. Hi Claudia,

      Please provide your model number and we can provide detail instructions on how to remove and clean. Your grill’s manual also has the information on how to dissemble and clean all the various parts.

      1. We also cannot figure out how to clean bottom and there is no instructions in manual model number 466433016

        1. Hi Laura, for cleaning out the inside of the firebox, we strongly recommend using a specialized grill cleaner or degreaser in combination with a nylon brush or other non-metallic cleaning tool. Removing the cooking surface, burners, and heat tents are recommended to ensure you are able to scrub all of the nooks and crannies in the firebox. You can also use soapy water and a sponge or rag to help wash out the inside, but you will want to ensure that the unit is completely dry before storing it, as moisture can condense and lead to early rusting. Since the firebox is porcelain coated, it should be easy to wipe down, but metal brushes and scrapers can tear the porcelain coating, revealing the bare metal beneath to the high heat and grease from the food.

  3. I have a stainless steel 3 burner barbecue , however I had a flare up from the food I was cooking and set the black paint in the fire box on fire giving off terrible fumes. This barbecue is made in China so who knows what this paint is made of. This barbecue is great to use but I will not use it again and am looking for a Char-Broil inf rad that is all stainless even in the fire box. Is there one and where can I find it.

    1. Gas grills are not painted on the inside, some do have porcelain coated fireboxes. Our biggest selection of products is at Lowes.

  4. Just bought a char broil gas grill model 463633316 and cannot figure out how to remove the grates . Also did not have a cleaning tool with it.

  5. My infrared 2-burner grill has porcelin coated grates. Can I use a brass grill brush to clean them? How about cleaning the stainless steel infrared plates, can I use a brass brush there, too?
    Also, when pre-heating, do I leave the lid up or closed? The same question goes for post-heating, up or down?

    1. We recommend using a Nylon Grill Brush . Also, here is a great article on how to clean your porcelain coated grates.

      Your grill’s manual also provides detailed instructions on how to dissemble and clean all your grill parts.

      For pre-heating your grill, you do that with the lid closed. For post-heating, you can leave closed and burn off any leftover items.

  6. I have a 4 burner gas grill be Charbroil. I would like to clean the bottom are that holds the drip tray, however it is two pieces. The top piece can be reach and cleaned by scraping. This piece has several elongated slots in it that allows stuff drop on to the lower piece that cannot be accessed with out dissembling the unit!
    Is this a good design or am I missing something!
    Vacuum cleaner is my alternative.

      1. Mr. Shattuck is correct that this is a poor design. The ” lower ” tray ( below the firebox )that the residue ends up collecting on is riveted in place and cannot be removed. Are we missing something here ? My Model number is 463432215
        If this tray could be slid out and emptied, cleaning would be much easier I believe.

    1. You can order them on Just visit the parts section, type in your model number and all the parts for your grill will be available to purchase. Here is a link to the model number you listed: 463731706

  7. Just replace my Char Broil grates (stainless steel). What is the best brush to use to clean them (wire or nylon).

  8. Hi, we love the Charbroil Infrared grill we just got, food is so juicy, yet we do not think it is easy to clean at all. When you burn off the food left then there are charred chunks that have nowhere to go. So you first have to somehow get rid of those after the 15 minutes on high heat. We always like to deep clean but who has a sink that will hold these 3 grates in soapy water? Am I damaging the grates by pouring boiling water over them? I just want to know they are truly clean. I do season them with canola oil before grilling starts. I just don’t see how these grates would ever LOOK clean except when brand new. I saw a model like ours for sale at Lowes and a sign by it said “easy to clean.” I wanted to find a salesperson and say “no way.” But I was in a hurry. Please reply. Thanks so much.

      1. My grates are stainless steel correct? (Model number of grill is 463234815) Where the cleaning instructions for those in the article say to “scrub them with a nylon cleaning brush” does that mean in soapy water in the sink or just scrub and let residue fall beneath? It’s not clear to me…Thanks for help.

        1. Stainless steel grill grates tolerate intense heat and are fairly rust resistant. It typically only takes a quick brush to keep them clean.

          When cleaning stainless steel grates, many grillers cover the top of the grates with tough aluminum foil and heat the grates on high for 10 to 15 minutes. The aluminum foil will concentrate the heat on the grates to burn off the leftover food. Let the grates cool and scrub them with a nylon cleaning brush. Soap and water is not required for this.

  9. I have cleaned my grill several times and when i cook on it it smokes so bad i can not see what i am cooking. What can I do?

    1. Hi Roy, contact customer service and they will be able to help you:

      Customer Support Line

      Monday – Friday
      8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Eastern
      9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Eastern
      Have a question about a product? Call the grill service center directly at 1-800-241-7548.

  10. I have a charbroilinfared mdl 4632w33212.
    the door panel have rust spots on them.
    looled online and those parts are not available. can I paint them?

    1. Hi Virginia, If the doors were originally painted then you can repaint with high temperature paint. If they are stainless, we do not recommend that you paint them, instead we recommend using perfect sink cleaner/polish to restore the stainless.

  11. I have a Tru-infrared grill and the plates under the grates are rusty and crusty. The grates are getting a bit rusty as well. Is there something a little stronger I can/should use to clean them up? I’ve tried dish detergent and Oxy Clean but it only does a marginal job.

  12. No matter where I set the knobs to turn the heat up or down, the temperature on all 3 grates goes all the way to the highest temp. Since I bought it ! How can I fix this ?

    1. Hi Judy, contact customer service and they will be able to help you:

      Customer Support Line

      Monday – Friday
      8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Eastern
      9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Eastern
      Have a question about a product? Call the grill service center directly at 1-800-241-7548.

  13. I too love my Char-broil Grill, however the infrared plates require a deep cleaning almost after every use. Is there a way to keep them cleaner? And a way to clean them easier?

    1. Hi Dustin, as the infrared plates are part of the design of the grill, taking them out is not recommended.

  14. I agree with Vic Shatuck #8 with 4 burner stainless steel with being able to clean where stuff goes down those 4 elongated holes that you have no way to get to & the reply didn’t help at all. Referred to pg 9 which didn’t tell anything about to take that part a part to clean. We did end up using a shop vac to get stuff out. I agree a very poor design for cleaning.

  15. We have the 4-Burner Gas Grill 463344015. We have had it for about 3 weeks or a month, and though we have the burners on high, the flame is only burning on low-medium. I’ve replaced the old tank with the new one. I’ve checked the connections and everything seems correct. I’m wondering if there’s a way to clean the area inside the burner where the gas comes out? Could it be clogged? I haven’t cleaned it yet.


    1. Hi Chad, to clean a clogged gas burner disconnect your propane tank, remove your burner tubes via your grill manual and take a burner cleaning rod or a small diameter bottle brush and run it through the burner line. You can find information on how to clean your gas burner tubes here.

  16. I have just bought a char broil model 465640915, it came with no instruction manual and cannot figure out how to clean the bottom of the grill. Seems to have all the grease down there, real mess.

    1. Hi Kat, we do not recommend cleaning heat tents in the dishwasher as the food debris could clog the drain. Instead, we recommend a deep cleaning:

      1. Mix 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda in a garbage bag.
      2. Seal the heat tents in the garbage bag with a rubber band.
      3. Soak the heat tents overnight.
      4. Remove the heat tents and rinse them off with water. The food that was originally stuck on the heat tents should fall off, but if there’s anything still stuck on you should be able to easily scrub off the rest.
      5. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

    1. Hi Michelle, the firebox for the Advantage 4 Burner Gas Grill is porcelain coated. To clean the firebox we recommend using a nylon grill brush to scrub off any food debris and soap and warm water to scrub it down. Wash off with warm water and let air dry.

  17. I bought a CB gas grill last spring from Lowes. Just finished cooking dinner and after cleaning the grids, I noticed the 4 tents are rusty looking and covered with dried food remains. I am 70 years old and don’t know where to find the model and serial numbers.

  18. I just bought your Char-Broil Advantage Black and Stainless 4-Burner (32,000-BTU) Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner
    Item # 606686 Model # 463344015- i can’t find the paperwork that came with it. How do i rep it for the first time before i cook food on it. I remember reading something about cooking on high for 20 minutes before 1st use or something like that, am I remembering this correctly? Thank you

    1. Hi Karen, we are sorry that your grill did not come with a manual. You can contact our customer support and they will be able to mail you the correct manual for your grill. You can also find an online version here. For tips on how to season your grill for use, please check out our guide here.

    1. Hi Quinn, as long as it is a biodegradable and food-safe cleaning spray it will work for cleaning your cooking grates.

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