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Weber Genesis II gas grill shown on deck. In the background, a blossoming tree and a house with beige siding.

How to Clean Your Grill: General Grill Maintenance


Cleaning grill grates is the easiest & most important thing you can do to ensure your grill performs as intended. Because when grill grates come into direct contact with your food, you want to be sure you are cleaning grill grates regularly. Not only will this help prevent your food from sticking to them as you grill, but it’ll also prevent rusting.



To properly clean your grill, follow these simple 5 steps each time you fire it up:

  1. Heat the grill to its highest temperature. Let it burn for 5-10 minutes, allowing any residue or debris on the grill grates to burn off. 
  2. Brush the grill grates: After burning at high heat for 5-10 minutes, brush the grill grates using a wire brush. This is the wire brush we use, though you will want to find one made by the same manufacturer as your grill so you don’t damage your grill’s grates.
  3. Bring the grill down to cooking temp for whatever you’re grilling. Here are our favorite grilling recipes!
  4. Repeat Steps 1-2: When you finish cooking on the grill, repeat Steps 1-2, heating the grill to its highest temperature for 5-10 minutes, then brushing the grill grates. Shut off the grill & allow to cool completely.
  5. Cover your grill. A grill cover is one of the best investments you can make when purchasing a grill. A good grill cover will protect your grill, preventing rust or other weather-related wear & tear. This is the grill cover we use for our Weber Genesis II, though you should buy a grill cover designed for your specific grill model to ensure proper fit & protection. {Check out the other must-have grilling equipment for your grilling set-up!}


  • Depending on how often you grill, we suggest also using a degreaser or grate cleaner for cleaning grill grates every few weeks, or at least once a month. Weber has an excellent grate cleaner that we love. If you don’t have access to grate cleaner, hot soapy water with a squeeze of lemon juice will do the trick!

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