Grill Cleaning Made Easy: Harness the Power of Steam

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September 17, 2023

Ultimate Guide to Steam Cleaning Your Grill: Tips and Tricks

Stuck with a grill brush but can't seem to take off the debris? Try cleaning it with a steamer. For cleaning and sanitizing a number of items, including houses, offices, medical facilities, and many various sorts of commercial organizations, steam cleaning has recently emerged as the method of choice.

Steam cleaning is eco-friendly since it can cleanse and deodorize a variety of surfaces with little to no additional detergent or other agents. The primary benefit of steaming is its capacity to eliminate and kill over 99% of bacteria, viruses, germs, and other pathogens. For many different cleaning tasks, using a sizable diesel-powered seamer is not viable. Here comes the brand-new Fortador Volt MINI portable steam cleaner.

Key Takeaways:

  • Steam cleaning is an eco-friendly and effective method for sanitizing grills, eliminating over 99% of bacteria, viruses, and germs without the need for additional cleaning agents.
  • Different types of grills, including gas, charcoal, pellet, and smokers, offer unique benefits and considerations for outdoor cooking.
  • The Fortador Volt MINI portable steam cleaner is a recommended option for grill cleaning, featuring quick heating, high pressure, and durable construction.

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Types of grills

Gas Barbecue grill

Gas Barbecue grill

These are the most popular types of grills that people usually get. It is very convenient since you only need access to a propane tank.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a gas barbecue grill:

  • heats up quickly
  • push button start
  • temperature ranges between 400 and 600 degrees Fahrenheit
  • maintenance may include replacement of burners, valves, and heat shields
Charcoal grill

Charcoal grill

Whether you're tailgating, camping, or just cooking outdoors in your backyard, a charcoal grill offers a simple method to serve up chargrilled deliciousness. The grill surface's hot, direct zone is intended to be used for searing and browning. To create a cooler, indirect zone where food can cook more slowly using convection airflow, push the hot embers to one side. A covered grill's tall lid lets you smoke food in addition to indirect grilling.

The following are some significant points regarding charcoal grills:

  • cheapest option for an outside grill
  • temperature gets up 700 degrees Farenheit
  • heats up slower than gas and electric grills
  • requires more clean up
Pellet grill

Pellet grill

Because they combine the greatest features of the best gas and charcoal grills, wood pellet grills are well-liked. They are perfect for grilling, smoking, baking, roasting, and braising since they can be used as convection ovens at a range of temperatures, from roughly 160 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

Electricity powers pellet grills, but the heat and smoke are produced by burning hardwood pellets. When necessary, a hopper will dispense food-safe pellets into the grill to keep the temperature specified. As a result, cooking may be done precisely and digitally controlled at a set temperature, just like in an oven. Additionally, the food acquires the particular wood-smoked flavor of pellets produced from woods like hickory, mesquite, pecan, and apple.

Smokers grill and bbq


Although charcoal grills and pellet grills can be used to smoke meat and vegetables, a specialized standalone smoker may be the best option for people who enjoy a robust smoky flavor. Think of smokers as the slow-cooker equivalents of grills since they cook food at lower temperatures for longer periods of time.

Charcoal, electricity, or propane are all viable sources of heat for vertical smokers. Rich, genuine flavors are provided by aromatic wood chips, chunks, or pellets of your choice.

Traditional smokers use charcoal. Smokers that run on propane or electricity may be more practical and require less supervision and hands-on time. To assist you achieve falling-off-the-bone tenderness, certain models offer integrated thermometers and electronic push-button controls for temperature and cooking periods.

How to clean your grill?

There are multiple ways to clean the cooking surface of your grill. Here are some:

Hot grill

This is probably the easiest method of cleaning your grill. After you are done cooking, turn up the temperature to the highest point that your grill can reach. Make sure the lid is closed fo about 10 to 15 minutes. The heat will carbonize grease and food debris that is leftover from your cooking.

Open the lid, turn all the burners off. Allow the grill to coll to a moderate temperature of 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Soap and water

To remove any remaining ash, give your grill and lid a thorough inside-and-out hose-down. Start cleaning now (with gloves on). A plastic scouring pad, hot water, and either dish soap or degreaser are required. If you're using dish soap, simply scrub the firebox and grates with hot, soapy water before giving them a thorough washing and drying.

Grill spray or vinegar

In a spray bottle, combine two cups of water and two cups of vinegar. Use the mixture to spray the grates on your grill. Observe for ten minutes. No rinsing is necessary; just use a grill brush to clean your grates after the ten minutes are over.

How to clean grill grates?

Grill grates get the dirtiest when it comes to cleaning your grill. The fat that is dripping from the meat can get stuck and if not cleaned on time, it can take a while to clean them completely. Proceed to scrub each one of the grill grates with a regular grill brush or foil. You should be able to scrape off everything.

How do you remove carbon buildup from a BBQ?

Use a wire brush for gentle brushing along the grates or cooking dishes so you're able to remove any debris. It may also help to remove carbon buildup on the grill surface. If it becomes hard to clear the buildup with the wire grill brush, use the putty knife to remove the dirt from your grill.

Do steam cleaners work on grills?

Yes, steam cleaning the grill grates is possible. And that's safer than lighter fluids or wire brushes! Cookout season starts and we are not happy. We will remember summertime with a taste of barbecue and a tasty burger.

How to steam clean your grill

Make sure your grill is off and cooled. Start by removing the grill grates from the grill and steam the inside of the grill with a metal brush attachment. The debris will start coming off as you go. With a damp cloth, pick up any tar that is collecting on the bottom.

For grill grates, steam clean them one by one with a metal brush attachment, wipe off with a cloth.

Learn more about hardwood floors cleaning with steamer.

Choosing the right steam cleaner for you

bbq steam cleaner fortador volt mini

Fortador Volt Mini Steamer

Operators can quickly slide this very portable steam cleaner into and out of a work truck and bring it to the job site thanks to its small weight of only 16.5 lbs. The Volt MINI's boiler heats up quickly and generates steam in under five minutes, similar to other Fortador steamers. The Volt MINI works at high pressure and temperatures, unlike other tiny professional portable steamers for cleaning, and can produce 101.5 psi of steam at a maximum temperature of 338 degrees Fahrenheit. High-strength AISI 304 stainless steel, which attests to its durability, is used in the construction.

accessories for volt mini

The Volt MINI comes with a fantastic assortment of accessories and attachments, like a steam mop, that enables it to do any cleaning task quickly, just like other Fortador steam cleaners.

Check our guide about post construction cleaning with steamer.

About the Authors

Lev Tretyakov
With over 25 years in the industry, I bring extensive sales expertise in heavy equipment across diverse sectors. Pioneered the first CAD/CAM school in CIS countries. Proud owner of Miami's premier auto detailing hub, Totaal Steam Detailing, hailed as the finest in Miami-Dade by Google.
Sabrina Tretyakova
In the world of cleanliness and hygiene, Sabrina Tretyakova stands as a beacon of expertise and dedication. As an ISSA-certified cleaning technician, Sabrina brings a wealth of knowledge and three years of unwavering commitment to her profession. Having served a staggering 1,200 clients

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