Summer without a BBQ isn’t much of a summer at all; so don’t let pesky BBQ stains get in the way of your Summertime Bliss!
- Before lighting your outdoor grill, apply non-stick spray on the grates. The protective spray cuts down the clean-up time afterwards.
- For charcoal grills, line the bowl with aluminum foil. After grilling, and once the grill and coals are cool, simply discard the foil with the coals and ash, then wash and reline with foil for next time.
- Use a wire brush (if you don’t have a brush, you can use crumbled aluminum foil) to scrub away buildup on the grates once the grill has cooled.
- Use a squirt of dishwashing detergent on grill and grates (once cool). Scrub with brush or abrasive pad, then rinse. You might have to repeat this step to get everything as clean as possible.
- Always place a grill pad or splatter mat beneath your grill before cooking. These naturally heat resistant pads will protect your deck or patio from any grease that misses the drip pan and will make it a lot easier to keep your outdoor living area clean and looking like new.
- A general rule of thumb about BBQ stains is to rinse the stain with cold water as soon as possible to help keep the stain from setting in.
- For BBQ stains on fabric start by flushing the stain with cold water, working from the back of the stain. Pretreat with a liquid laundry detergent, such as Purex Plus Clorox 2, tamp the stain, and let stand for several minutes, then rinse. Once you have removed as much of the stain as possible, pretreat it with a prewash stain remover. Last, launder the stain with a tough detergent such as Purex Plus Clorox 2 to completely eradicate the stain.
- For BBQ stains on upholstery, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution, and blot the stain until the liquid is absorbed. Continue sponging stain with solution until it is gone. Finally, sponge with cold water and blot dry.
- If you’re really trying to expedite the process of cleaning your BBQ use disposable plateware and utensils. For a greener option, use your own plates and dishware but just begin soaking them in a sink full of sudsy water immediately after use.
- If you can, buy upholstery that can be removed from outdoor furniture and washed in the laundry. This will enable you to pretreat stains and wash them with the laundry rather than having to blot them out.
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