By Mike Thayer
Today I'm taking advantage of a light rain, there's not a better time to wipe down the Weber with some warm, soapy water and let the light rain do the rinsing!
After last night's grilling adventure - which ended around midnight - the grill was still too warm to cover. And this morning, it was already starting to sprinkle by the time I got outside and since covering a wet grill is a big NO NO (hello premature rust!), I broke out the sponge and a bit of soap.
This will help maintain the exterior of the grill, removing any greasy residue, dust, etc., all those things that would contribute to a faded or tarnished finish if allowed to remain on the grill.
And if you and your grill are located in an area that's a harsher than normal environment like exposure to salt water, acid rain, high soot or chemicals... You'll want to do the soap down and rinse more often. Don't use any abrasive chemicals or things like brillo pads to clean the exterior of your grill, that will do more harm than good.
Regular wipe downs of your grill will keep that finish looking shiny good for years and it only takes about 5 minutes of your time to do.