How To Clean Weber Grill: Things to Know (2021)

Is your grill looking a bit worse for wear? With the summer coming up, it’s time to start cleaning! Here are some tips on How To Clean Weber Grill. 

This blog post will cover steps you can take to keep your grill in good shape and ready for grilling season.

How To Clean Weber Grill?

Grill Cleaning Tools & Supplies Needed

  • Brush
  • Scraper
  • Scouring Pad  (or Brillo pad)
  • Coffee Can or Dish Drain
  • Barbecue Grill Brush Filet Knife (for scraping Flavorizer bars & cooking grates)
  • Container – for soaking burners in citric acid solution

Brush The Grates

Brush The Grates

Brush cooking grates to remove loose debris.   Remove grease and residue with a grill brush or scraper, rinse the cooking grids in warm, soapy water.

Grilling food creates carbon on the surface of the cooking grate; scrub this off using an all-purpose cleaner, like Bon Ami.  Rinse thoroughly under running tap water and pat dry with paper towels.

Scrape The Flavorizer Bars

Scrape The Flavorizer Bars

Use a scraper or spatula to remove grease build-up from the upper surface of the Flavorizer bars.

It is essential to clean these regularly as they can become clogged with dirt, grease, and crud, affecting airflow.  Gently scrape off excess build-up, then rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Scrape The Upper Firebox  (if applicable)

Scrape The Upper Firebox  (if applicable)

Remove excess build-up from the inside of the upper firebox (the area above where food is placed on the cooking grates).  Use a knife or scraper to scrape off the crud, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.

Clean-Out, The Ignitor Boxes, Clean out all dirt, grease, and debris from ignitor boxes located at each end of the grill.

You can do this using an old wire brush or a tiny drill bit to remove extra build-up. Rinse with warm water and clean with soap if necessary.

Note: If your grill has electric heating elements instead of a gas flame, clean the ignitor box as above.

Clean The Burners & Crossover Tubes

Clean The Burners & Crossover Tubes

Use a coffee can or dish drain to soak all burners and crossover tubes of the grill in a citric acid solution (see How To Clean A Gas Grill [see link at the end of this article]).

Citric acid is an effective cleaning solution for removing stubborn carbon deposits from grills.

Pour four tablespoons of citric juice into a plastic container with 2 cups of water.  Allow gas burner parts to soak for 10-20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

If you have vertical burners on your grill, use a soft bristle brush to scrub the burners clean.

Clean-Out The Lower Firebox

The lower firebox located below and underneath the cooking grates collects many greases, soot, and debris build-up.

Use a wire brush or knife to scrape off excess build-up from the firebox sides; then remove any bits using a vacuum cleaner hose attachment connected to your vacuum cleaner. Rinse out with warm water and pat dry with paper towels.

Brush Inside The Lid

Cleaning the weber lid is essential if you want to keep things sanitary in your grill – especially if you prepare foods that will not be cooked on a grill.

Clean the lid thoroughly with warm soapy water, then rinse well and wipe dry with paper towels.

Finally, remove the grates and clean them separately using soap and hot water.  Replace when cleaning is complete.  (Note: You can clean your grill’s cooking grids in the dishwasher.)

Reinstall The Flavorizer Bars & Cooking Grates

Once cleaned, you need to replace the cooking grate on top of Flavorizer bars (if included), positioning it evenly across the bottom surface of metal bars.

Gently slide back into place if there are locking tabs at each end of each bar to secure it firmly. If your  grill has  removable  bars,

Clean The Bottom Tray & Drip Pan

Remove the bottom tray and a drip pan underneath your grill to clean out excess grease and food debris from the bottom of the gas grill. Rinse well with warm water and soap if needed, then replace when done.

Clean The Work Surfaces

Clean up all work surfaces surrounding your gas grill of dirt, greasy grime, and crumbs that may have spilled over during cooking.

You can either wipe them down or wash them thoroughly in warm soapy water, rinse well, and dry with paper towels.  Finally, use a solution of white vinegar and water to rinse down exposed surfaces to remove any smoky residue or odors.

Clean The Outside Of The Lid

Clean The Outside Of The Lid

Wipe the outside of your grill lid with a soft cloth dipped in warm soapy water. If you can easily wipe away grime, then the top does not require any more attention.

Clean The Control Knobs & Panel

Use a toothbrush damped slightly with warm water to clean all porcelain parts of control panels (knobs, switches, etc.) by gently scrubbing them clean. Be careful not to damage plastic parts with excessive force.

Rinse off excess soap from control knobs with warm water and dry with paper towels.

A Clean Machine, Ready For Grilling

Your grill is now clean.  Long-lasting good looks will come from carefully caring for it by removing any grease or food debris before settling and hardening on the surfaces.

If you have a charcoal gas grill, carefully remove ash build-up from around cooking racks to prevent fire flare-ups.

Read also: How To Smoke On A Gas Grill: Things to Know (2021)


Can you clean a Weber grill with oven cleaner?

Yes, you can use an oven cleaner to clean the interior portion of your grill. It’s important not to spray it on the exterior area as this could damage its enamel finish.

Spray a light coating of cleaner on grates and leave it there for up to 30 minutes so that time will do all the hard work!

How long do Weber grill grates last?

Weber cooking grates are guaranteed to last for five years with no rust through or burn through. Plastic parts are also guaranteed, but not against fading and discoloring.

All other grill components can be used at least two more years before they need repairs or replacements.

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Should I clean my grill after every use?

Cleaning your grill after every use is vital to maintain a clean and healthy cooking surface.

Please wait until the grate cools down, brush it off with wire brushes that have been soaked in water beforehand, and then rinse thoroughly before storing for next time!

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It is possible to clean the weber grill without using harsh chemicals. The information on this blog post should help provide you with how to do it safely and efficiently.

If you have any questions about what was written, don’t hesitate to contact us for more details or assistance. Florentinesgrill hopes that these tips were helpful!

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