Do you struggle with a grill brush after each BBQ, but you still can’t effectively remove residues? Try cleaning it with a steam cleaner. Steam cleaning has become a method for cleaning and disinfecting many items, including grills. And since the grilling season is in full swing, see how easily, quickly, and effectively you can clean your grill to get it ready for reuse.

Revolutionary and Universal Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is eco-friendly as it can clean and refresh various surfaces with minimal or even no additional detergent or other substances used. The main advantage of steam cleaning is its ability to eliminate and kill over 99% of bacteria, viruses, germs, and other pathogens. For many different cleaning tasks, using a large diesel-powered steam cleaner can be cumbersome. And here comes the novelty – the portable Fortador Volt MINI steam cleaner.

Types of Grills

Propane Gas Grill

This is the most popular type of grill that people usually buy. It is very convenient because you only need access to a propane tank.

Some things to consider when choosing a propane gas grill:

  • it heats up quickly
  • starts working with a button
  • temperature range between 400 and 600 degrees Fahrenheit
  • maintenance may include replacing burners, valves, and heat shields

Charcoal Grill

Whether you’re at a match, camping, or just cooking outdoors in your backyard, a charcoal grill offers a simple way to prepare many dishes. The hot zone on the grill surface is for frying and browning. To create a cooler, indirect zone where food can cook slower, thanks to the airflow, move the hot coals to one side. The high grill lid, besides indirect grilling, also allows for smoking food.

Here are some key points about charcoal grills:

  • the cheapest option for an outdoor grill
  • the temperature reaches up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit
  • heats slower than gas and electric grills
  • requires more cleaning

Pellet Grill

Pellet grills are very loved because they combine the best features of gas and charcoal grills. They are ideal for grilling, smoking, baking, braising, and frying as they can be used as convection ovens in the temperature range of about 160 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pellet grills are electrically powered, but heat and smoke are generated by burning hardwood pellets. If needed, the hopper will feed food-safe pellets into the grill to maintain a certain temperature. As a result, cooking can be accurate and digitally controlled at a set temperature level, just like in an oven. Additionally, food acquires a specific flavor of wood smoke from pellets, made from such tree species as hickory, mesquite, walnut, or apple.


While charcoal grills and pellet grills can also be used for smoking meat and vegetables, a specialized standalone smoker may be a better choice for those who value intense, smoked flavor. Smokers can be compared to slow cookers for grills as they cook food at lower temperatures for a longer time.

In vertical smokers, coal, electricity, or propane can be used as a heat source.

Traditional smokers use coal. Propane or electric smokers can be more practical and require less supervision and manual work. Some models offer built-in thermometers and electronic temperature and cooking time controls to help you achieve tender meat that falls off the bone.

How to clean a grill?

There are many ways to clean the grill surface.

Here are some of them:

Hot Grill

This is probably the easiest method of cleaning a grill. After you finish cooking, crank the temperature up to the highest point your grill can heat up to. Make sure the lid is closed for about 10 to 15 minutes. The heat will oxidize the fat and food residues that remained after cooking. Open the lid, turn off all burners. Allow the grill to cool down to a moderate temperature of 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Soap and Water

To remove the remaining ash, wash the grill and the lid inside and out thoroughly. Now start cleaning (use gloves). You’ll need a plastic scrubber, hot water, and dish soap or degreaser. If you’re using dish soap, simply scrub the combustion chamber and grates with hot, soapy water, then rinse them thoroughly and dry.

Grill Spray or Vinegar

In a spray bottle, mix two cups of water and two cups of vinegar. Spray the grates with the mixture. Wait ten minutes. You don’t have to rinse it off; after the designated time, use a grill brush to clean the grates.

How to Clean Grill Grates?

The grill grate is the dirtiest part of it. The fat that falls from the meat can stick, and if it is not cleaned regularly, it can take some time to clean it completely. Clean each of the grill grates with a regular grill brush or aluminum foil. In this way, you should be able to scrape everything off.

How to Remove Accumulated Charcoal from the Grill?

Use a wire brush to gently scrub the grates or cooking pots to remove any dirt. This can also help remove accumulated charcoal on the grill surface. If it becomes difficult to remove the buildup with a wire grill brush, use a putty knife to remove the dirt from the grill.

Are Steam Cleaners Effective on Grills?

Yes, it is possible to steam clean grill grates. It’s safer than lighter fluids or wire brushes!

How to Clean a Grill with a Steam Cleaner

Make sure the grill is turned off and cooled down. Start by removing the grates from the grill and steam the inside of the grill using a metal brush attachment. The dirt will start to fall off during this process. Using a damp cloth, collect any tar that collects at the bottom.

As for the grill grates, steam clean them one by one using a metal brush attachment, then wipe it with a cloth.

Fortador Volt Mini Steam Cleaner

With a weight of just 16.5 pounds, operators can easily slide and lift this portable steam cleaner out of a van and bring it to the job site. Like other Fortador steamers, the Volt MINI heats up quickly and generates steam in less than five minutes. Unlike other small professional portable steam cleaners, the Volt MINI operates at high pressure and temperatures, being able to produce 101.5 psi of steam at a maximum temperature of 338 degrees Fahrenheit. The design features high-strength AISI 304 stainless steel, indicating its durability. The Volt MINI comes with a fantastic set of accessories and hardware, such as a steam mop, which allows it to quickly perform any cleaning tasks.