Tips to get you Garden Party Ready
BBQ season is here
Invite your guests, fill the fridge with steaks, veggie kebabs and drinks, compile your summer playlist – a relaxed BBQ party with friends takes proper preparation. And that includes cleaning the patio because there’s no room for a stained floor, finger prints on the table or a sooty BBQ here. Here are some tips to very easily turn your patio into the go-to summer location.
Expert advice from Urte Paassen, Housekeeping Expert
“A grill encrusted with the remnants of last night’s BBQ is difficult to clean. But you can avoid the job all together: If you use a gas BBQ, heat it up again after the last piece of meat has gone from the grill. Leave the remains to burn out at a high temperature for a few minutes. When the BBQ is cool, scrape the large pieces of dirt from the grill with a wire brush and then leave it in the grass overnight – you can do the same with a charcoal BBQ. If you don’t have a patch of lawn, wrap the cooled BBQ in a damp cloth for a few hours and then put it in a bin liner. The moisture that the BBQ is exposed to overnight helps to loosen the dirt. The next day, clean the BBQ grill using a washing-up brush and an alkaline detergent and then rinse well. You can remove stubborn remains with soapy steel wool or a steel wire scouring pad.”
The patio is usually the heart of a BBQ party. But you need to lick it into shape before you invite your first guests around. A pressure washer, such as the Kärcher K 5 Premium Full Control Plus, soon cleans away moss, dirt and the remnants of winter. The right patio cleaner eliminates laborious scrubbing and soon ensures a clean, splash-free patio – including soot marks after a BBQ. If you’ve already got the pressure washer out, you can treat your garden furniture to a beauty treatment at the same time with the right detergents.
It’s virtually impossible to avoid splashes of fat, sauce marks and soot marks on your clothes at a BBQ. Soot marks in particular are very stubborn. If you try to clean them with water alone, you simply make them worse. It is better to carefully shake off loose surface soot. Then dab the fabric with a clean cloth and cooking oil. Now briefly rinse out the cooking oil by hand using washing-up liquid or a solution of laundry detergent and finally wash in the washing machine at the highest possible temperature. Do the same to remove grease stains. If ketchup has landed on a light t-shirt, leave it out in the sun for a few hours before washing. This will make the stain fade.
Once the party’s over, you need to dispose of the ashes from the BBQ. Always leave it to cool down first. Then use a brush and shovel to remove the cold ashes. Or you can use an ash and dry vacuum cleaner, like the AD 4 Premium by Kärcher, to completely remove dusty residues without any fuss whatsoever.