Cleaning and storing your barbecue correctly for Winter months prevents the build-up of corrosion, oxidation, rust, mould and the hibernation of critters such as mice and spiders.
The last thing you want is having to face the embarrassment of your barbecue being filthy in front of your family and friends when you come to use it! Therefore, we have provided a few tips for correctly cleaning and storing your barbecue for the Winter, in the safest and most hygienic way possible.
- The first step is to clean your barbecue thoroughly – remove the grates and scrub them with soapy warm water, and then clean both the inside and the outside of the grill. You should also clean the gas trap because any remaining gas could be a possible fire hazard. For a step-by-step guide on cleaning your barbecue, take a look at our blog: How to Clean A BBQ Grill. Alternatively, if you want to save hassle, stress and energy then why not get a professional oven clean! You can request your free estimate
- If you notice anything wrong with your grill, then it’s best to fix it sooner rather than later! This includes fixing handles, temperature gauges, grill grates and ageing or cracked hoses. If left unfixed, they cold weather will only make them worse. Plus, the last thing you need is a faulty barbecue when you’re about to host a barbecue party during Spring.
- Cleaning your barbecue will help to prevent rust, but to spraying all your barbecue’s metallic parts with cooking oil can also help prevent rust from arising and spreading. Once you’ve cleaned your barbecue, spray the cooking oil on your barbecue and then cover it over.
- You can now start preparing to store it. Make sure your grill and cover are completely dry beforehand. You should also ensure that it is properly cleaned and there are no bits of leftover or burnt food that could attract mice.
- If possible, store your barbecue inside in a dry location away from the rain, snow and sleet – a garage or a shed is the perfect place for barbecue storage. Alternatively, store it in a location which is undercover so that the Winter weather can’t affect your barbecue.
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