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BBQ cleaning tips – top 10 most frequent stains

I’ve just ordered two carpet cleaners from the fabulous Dr. Beckman to refresh the apolostry and mattress in lockdown. I have a nagging cough and a case of hypochondria. It will help me sleep better if nothing else.

Now they have identified the stains you’re most likely to encounter during the hot weather and shared their top 10 tips on how to tackle them.

Top 10 BBQ stains:

  1. Ketchup

The most common BBQ stain, ketchup needs to be treated as soon as possible. Carefully clear any excess from the area, being sure not to spread the mark. Gently rub some washing-up liquid into the area, before rinsing with cold water.

  1. Wine

A cold glass of white wine is a required beverage at a BBQ.  If you have an unfortunate spillage, make sure you blot the alcohol with a cloth until the liquid is absorbed, then sponge with cold water. Treat the stain with a stain remover – Dr. Beckmann’s Stain Devils Fruit & Drink will do the trick!

  1. Fruit Juice

As long as you keep it moist, you should be able to shift most fruit juice stains. Simply pop on a hot wash or soak in vinegar if the stain is a dark fruit.

  1. Grass

Always clear any excess grass or dirt away from the area – taking care to avoid worsening any marks. Grass stains can be particularly hard, so you’ll definitely benefit from pre-soaking the area with a mixture of one-part spirit vinegar to two parts warm water for around 30 minutes.

  1. Chocolate

After the BBQ comes dessert and chocolate is bound to be the token ingredient – who doesn’t love chocolate?! However, combined with the hot weather this may get trodden into the carpet or spilt onto the sofa, but don’t panic this can be scrubbed right out. Scrape any excess chocolate off the stain, then blot the mark with a damp cloth. Finally apply a stain remover to the stain and scrub repeatedly! It’s always handy to have Dr. Beckmann’s Carpet Stain Remover in the cupboard to tackle those tricky stains.

  1. Flowers

Summer means the flowers are blooming, but these beautiful plants can leave a permanent stain on your clothes if not treated quickly. Blot the stained fabric with a damp cloth then prepare to wash the garment. Use a stain remover to help break apart the stain.

  1. Mud

When the sun is out, the garden is calling. Playing sports can lead to slide-tackles, diving and falling over, which creates an opportunity for mud to get on your clothes. Remember, resist the temptation to wipe at the stain. Let it dry and then scrape off the dried dirt, before washing the clothes as normal!

  1. Meat

There isn’t a BBQ without some meat, however red meat stains such as burgers, steaks and lamb kebabs can be a nightmare to remove. Cooked meat produces an oily stain, so make sure to blot repeatedly to absorb as much oil as possible. Once you’ve finished soaking up the oil with a cloth, treat the stain with a stain remover and let it work its magic for 10-15 minutes and then wash.

  1. Ice Lolly/Cream

An ice lolly mixed with sweltering heat is an episode for disaster. Wash the spilled area with a laundry detergent and water, then use a cloth to help tackle the stain. To finish off, rinse the surface thoroughly with water and allow to dry.

  1. Sun Cream

This oily substance can be a real pain to remove from clothes. Your best bet is to use a stain remover such as Dr Beckmann’s Stain Devils Fat & Sauces, which cuts through and lifts the oils in sun creams with ease, making the stain a distant memory.

Dr. Beckmann spokesman Susan Fermor said: “Everyone loves the hot weather and a BBQ, but with excitement in the air things can turn messy very quickly! Follow our top tips to ensure your sticky, muddy barbeque stains are quickly forgotten about, so you can make the most of having fun in the sun!”

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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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