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BBQ Maintenance Guide

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Summer is here, and nothing says lazy summer evenings like firing up the BBQ. Everybody loves barbecues, it’s a basic rule of life. Very few people, however, like cleaning barbecues. But everything enjoyable in life comes at a cost, and BBQ maintenance is a fundamental part of enjoying delicious, grill cooked food.

It’s always going to be something of a chore, but, if you know what you’re doing, BBQ maintenance needn’t be difficult. Follow this guide, get your BBQ maintenance skills down to an art, and you might even enjoy looking after your beautiful grilling machine.

Gas Piping

Gas Piping

Of course, how you maintain your BBQ depends quite a bit on what sort of BBQ we’re talking about. Cleaning a gas grill involves slightly different steps to cleaning a charcoal fired barbecue. Gas grills tend to have a pretty long lifespan, but one sure way to shorten that lifespan is by neglecting to maintain your grill.

Luckily, there’s not a whole lot you need to do to maintain your gas grill. The most important thing you need to do concerns gas piping. Every month you should check your gas lines for leaks. Simply run some soapy water down the line and check for bubbles. If you see bubbles forming, you know you either need to tighten or replace the line.

The only other thing you should to do is clean your barbecue fairly regularly. With a gas grill, you need to make sure to wipe the grime from your burners. If these can be removed, take them out and rinse them in soapy water, but if not, simply give them a good rub with a damp cloth.

If your gas grill has burner protectors, these should also be removed and rinsed in soapy water.

Cleaning Grates

Grate cleaning is not particular to gas barbeques; unfortunately, all barbeque maintenance necessitates cleaning the grill.

Grate or grill cleaning is essentially a question of elbow grease. Often, you just need to put in the muscle power to dislodge that burned on fat. Cleaning the grill whilst warm help, and making sure that you have a high-quality grease-cutting cleaner is also important.

Lamb on the grill

It can help to heat a pan of water within the BBQ, with the lid on. This steam cleaning method won’t exactly clean the grill for you, but it should help to loosen some of the more stubborn, cached on grease.

Before Winter

When it comes to grill maintenance, there are a few season specific actions you need to bear in mind. It’s a sad, sad day when you finally decide that the time has come to break down and clean your grill ready for winter, but this you must do if you want your barbecue to last. Properly preparing your BBQ for winter storage will ensure that the grill survives the cold season and that the work you need to do in Spring is kept to a minimum.

Start by cleaning your grill as described above. Make sure you give it the most thorough scrub of the year, both inside and out. Now is the time to fix any niggling problems that you’ve had with your grill over the summer. If you have a gas grill this step might be more relevant. Next, you need to store your grill properly. Find somewhere dry to store your grill, but if this isn’t feasible, make sure that you purchase a good quality BBQ cover to protect your precious BBQ from the elements.

Before Spring

If you’ve properly stored your grill over the winter, then Spring maintenance should just be a question of unveiling your grill and making sure that you have all the relevant supplies in order.

Preparing a gas BBQ for the summer grilling season involves a few more steps. First, you should check for leaks, as described above. Next, you should make sure that your propane tank and your batteries are full. Batteries discharge more power in colder weather, so it’s especially important to check them after the Winter. If your igniter isn’t working, it may simply be a question of replacing your igniter.

bbq ready for the summer

Useful Tools

Finally, good BBQ maintenance depends on having the right tools handy. Don’t scrimp on spending when it comes to BBQ tools – having the right equipment handy will make cleaning easier, and help ensure the longevity of your BBQ.

Worse, using cheap tools, or the wrong kind of tool can actually damage your BBQ. For example, try and avoid using steel tools to clean your BBQ as these might badly scratch the interior. Instead, opt for grill scrapers and scrubbers marketed as “safe”.

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Turning Your Balcony Into A Little Jungle With These Simple Steps

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Very few people are lucky enough to own homes with rolling lawns and luxurious flower beds. Living in the city means you’re even less likely to boast a large square footage in the garden department. Unfortunately, living in a concrete jungle necessarily means that you’re unable to enjoy the foliage related benefits of living in an actual jungle.

But all is not lost, there are still plenty of ways to bring a little nature into your home. Even if you’ve only got a balcony or a very small space to contend with, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge your green fingers.

If you love to garden, you shouldn’t let a small garden hold you back, and even if you don’t enjoy gardening, there’s no reason to leave a perfectly good balcony bare. Nurturing plant life is good for you, it’s good for the neighbours, and it’s good for the environment, so with that in mind, here are a few ideas for helping turn a small space into a green wonder.

Go vertical

This is probably the most fundamental of our small garden design ideas. If a small garden means that you can’t garden outwards, go vertical instead. Have you ever seen buildings with “green walls” – soil and plants built into the walls and growing vertically? You can apply the same idea to your balcony or small garden.

If you want to take the balcony garden jungle concept to its natural limits, you can literally redesign your walls to incorporate plant life. Obviously, you shouldn’t start knocking down your outer walls and replacing them with soil, but you can build a living wall on top of your existing walls.

Green walls work best in city spaces

If you’re a hydroponics expert or have a lot of free time, you can do this yourself. Alternatively, you can find plenty of services and shops online that provide living walls to businesses and homes.

These living walls are essentially built like normal walls around a structure that provides stability. Instead of being made of brick or wood, they are made from a growth medium that is able to support plant life. Seeds are then planted in the walls, and hey presto – a green wall that looks beautiful and helps improve air quality.

More complex green walls have hidden pipe mechanisms and others require hand watering. For your home, it’s probably best to go for the latter option.

There are some types of plant that are better suited to vertical growing than others, but there are an extensive range of flowers and herbs that will flourish when grown in this manner.

Green walls are an excellent way to economise on space and creatively tackle urban environmental issues, but you can take advantage of vertical space in other ways. When it comes to simple small garden ideas, a trellis has got to be high on the list. A trellis is a simple wooden grid structure, and you can find them at most garden stores.

Herb gardens don't need more space

You can grow lots of beautiful vines along these contraptions, and they are wonderful tools when making use of a small garden. An aromatic jasmin is particularly powerful when grown on a small city balcony.

Hanging pots are another frequent feature of small garden design. Instead of taking up floor space, you can hang pots from the roof, or from the wall, to take advantage of as much space as possible.

Look at the positive aspects of small garden design

If you’re a keen gardener it can sometimes be disheartening to limit your green fingers to balcony planters or a small garden. But there’s another way to look at the problem of a small garden, that is, as an opportunity. A big garden is actually somewhat cumbersome. It’s time consuming and expensive, and often difficult to properly fill.

The advantage of a small garden is that you can emulate that jungle vibe fairly easily. Without too much effort, you can fill a small space to the brim with plant life, giving the impression of abundance and real natural beauty.

Take advantage of the wall space with living walls, and cover every available surface with grow bags and pots. With limited resources you can achieve a lot in a small garden.

Grow your little jungle on a balconyConsidering furniture

Of course, if you’re lucky enough to have a small garden space at all, you’ll want to spend as much time in summer as possible enjoying your little slice of jungle. To do so comfortably, and to enjoy meals or drinks outside with your friends, you’ll probably need furniture.

When considering a small garden balcony, you should probably opt for folding furniture that will allow you to take a versatile approach to space. The other thing to make sure of is that the furniture matches the style of your balcony space.

If you have wooden decking, you should opt for natural wood chairs, and if your balcony has more of a metallic style, try finding some wrought iron chairs. Again, both of these styles can be found in collapsible versions.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of small garden ideas and balcony ideas, but hopefully it gives you a taste of what you can achieve with a tiny garden space. Remember, gardening in a small space is a different ball game entirely, but there are plenty of opportunities to look forward to.

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How To Prune Flowers

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How and Why to Prune

Ever thought about starting your very own vegetable or herb garden – have your own little spot in which to cultivate and eat your own fresh produce? Think it’s too much work? Well we have a bit of a spoiler – it’s easy to grow your own plants and herbs.

It is also great to start growing your own as there are many recipes with edible flowers nowadays. We’ll see which flowers to eat too.

We’re first going to go through what it entails to simply care for the plants you already have. So why is it important to prune and how exactly you should do this.

You might be used to just bringing your plants home from the nursery, snipping the stems using scissors and feeding them some lukewarm water.

Sometimes it’s actually good to ‘shave’ the stem ends – this will allow the water to actually travel easily up the flowers. Don’t use your scissors like a vegetable peeler, but practice will make perfect.

Also think about repotting – sometimes they leave the flowers quite jammed in too small pots. So if it’s not the season but you feel that the plant will be benefitted and it quite literally choking then go ahead and repot. Do it gently and make sure you’re not in a draft.

How to stem-trim your single stemmed flowers

Use a sharp pocket knife designed for the purpose, work to get an extreme angle. You can also use a Swiss Army knife. So holding your flower stem in one hand, point the blade away from you and gently slice it through the stem so that the cut reveals a generous opening. Then place them in a vessel of lukewarm water.

Pruning

Deadheading in intuitive – even if just due to their unsightliness. But pruning a plant in its prime requires a deeper level of dedication. You can keep your clippings of larger flowers and outdoor plants as single stem flowers for inside.

The Lantana plant is a favourite as it grows well, it is easy to take care of and attracts butterflies. Its mix of orange, yellow and pink buds brighten your space and attract pollinators. Prune it in summer and care for its blossoms. If it is an early bloomer (like the lilac, forsythia and rhododendron) you can prune in late spring once it’s ready of blooming.

Cut your stems at a 45 degree angle to facilitate water uptake. Wooded stems should be split with a sharp pair of shears, and not household scissors, to avoid crushing the vascular system in the stems.

 

Time of Day

The morning is always the best time to prune. It is not an ideal situation is pruning when the plant is warm or hot from a day in the sun. You can cut in the evening once the plant has cooled off completely.

You can manage the pH of the water to stimulate the nutrients the blooms used to draw from the plant with some hacks: dropping an aspirin or copper coin into the water.

Edible Plants – from seed to your table

The Oxalis has lemony and fresh leave, the plant actually being a kind of “sourgrass” which is often referred to as wood sorrel.

Its citrusy flavour is due to high levels of oxalic acid – incidentally also found in broccoli and spinach – and vitamin C.

These leave should only be consumed in moderation due to this oxalic acid, as it inhibits calcium absorption.

People who are prone to kidney stones or have gout or rheumatism should avoid it completely.

Breadseed Poppy, Papaver somniferum

It loves full sun and a moderate amount of water.

You just want to consume the seeds as all the other parts are poisonous.

Harvest when the pods are dry and plump. You can easily bake them – in muffins, cakes or bread – or stir into salad dressings or even ice-creams.

Lilac, Syringa vulgaris

The lilac thrives on contrast. It needs plenty of sun and cold nights. You just want to eat the petals, harvest them in the morning and place the stems in cold water until you use them. Place the petals in salads, steeped into a neutral oil for accenting dishes or even blended into sugar for something deliciously different.

Scented Geraniums, Pelargonium

You might need to move this one around from time to time. It enjoys sun but also some shade, and allow the soil to remain moist. Eat the gorgeous leaves, but how? Dried, minced and mixed into a herbal sugar would be lovely but you can also add them fresh to salads.

You can also use it as a bug repellent by simply rubbing it onto your skin.

Purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea

This is also one for sun and shade, and it requires well-drained soil. You can eat anything from the flower petals to the root (but then you lose the plant). Eat the petals dried and steeped into tea.

 

Gem Marigolds, Tagetes tenuifolia

This is one to stay out in the sun. Go ahead and sample the petals and the flower head. The petals are great over salads, while the heads can be infused into bitters or in an amaro.

Rose, Rosa

I know roses right! But eat the petals you would have harvested in the morning, before the heat kicks in. The rose is perfect for jams, teas and baked goods, even ice cream.

Viola (Pansy), Viola adorata and Viola tricolor

If you’re in a cool climate then it can be left in the sun, but if you live in a warmer climate then leave your Viola in part to light shade. The petals can be mixed into salads or compound butters; the stems and leaves can be eaten raw or if you prefer have them steamed/sauteed/creamed – as you would your greens.

Calendula (Marigold), Calendula officinalis

The Calendula prefers sun but partial shade is good too. Consume the petals raw in salads or infused in tea.

You can also get creative and mix your flowers into a cocktail

Try this one for your tastebuds

Pomelder Prosecco Punch

Makes 12 5-oz

  • 2 cups 100% pomegranate juice
  • 2 to 3 inch knob of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 20 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 bottle extra-dry Prosecco (750 ml)
  • 1 bottle sparkling pear juice (750 ml)
  • ½ to ¾ cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur

Method 

  1. Combine the pomegranate juice, ginger, and cardamom in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a robust simmer. Cook until reduced to approximately 1 cup, which will take about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to cool to room temperature. Pass reduced juice through a fine mesh strainer into a storage vessel. Chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before making punch. Can be made up to 3 days ahead.
  2. Just before serving combine reduced pomegranate juice, Prosecco, pear juice, and ½ cup elderflower liqueur in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Taste and add more elderflower liqueur if desired.
  3. For a fancy party presentation, place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute, and add the punch. The sugar cube will create a continuous stream of tiny bubbles. It will disintegrate, but doesn’t dissolve much into the punch so won’t change the flavour dramatically.
  4. For fancy ice cubes freeze sparkling pear juice with pomegranate arils and/or thin slices of Seckel pear.
  5. For a non-alcoholic variation replace the Prosecco with seltzer. Replace the St. Germain with ¼ cup elderflower syrup.

Garage Storage Benefits

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Having garage storage is luxury for some, and an absolute necessity for others. Storing a car in a garage has numerous benefits, not least prolonging its longevity and protecting it from the elements. Here are some more reasons to look at investing in garage storage:

Avoid bird droppings

Bird droppings are acidic and will damage paintwork if left unattended to over a number of days. Storing your car in a garage means that it’ll be indoors for half of its life, so your dearest avian friends won’t be able to come and… relieve themselves on your pride and joy as often.

Halve the risk of break-ins or theft

If your car is kept in a garage overnight, there’s much less risk of a cheeky little so-and-so, who has a penchant for pinching things such as whole cars or the contents of said cars, giving it wholly unwanted attention.

Slow down the rusting process

In a hot country such as the one we live in, rusting isn’t as much of an issue as it is in colder places where roads are salted during autumn and winter to dissipate ice build-up on the roads. With that being said, if you live close to or along one of Malta’s many seafronts and just park your car on the street, you’re leaving it exposed to sea salt. A garage will help you avoid this problem. Garage storage also means that your car stays cooler for longer. Lots of heat means increased oxidation and in turn, rust.

Cheaper Insurance Premiums

Your insurer will rejoice if you have a garage in which to store your car, and this is because it is at less risk of being damaged or stolen than it would be if it was parked continuously on the street. Less risk means a cheaper premium, which means more money in your pocket, so you can buy more stuff you don’t need.

Keep Paintwork Sparkling

The Mediterranean sun shines incredibly strongly here in Malta, especially during the summer months. While you may enjoy basking in it yourself, making your skin all nice and brown, your car doesn’t as much. Using your garage storage for your car  for as long as possible means its bodywork will look newer for longer.

 

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Teak Deck Cleaning

By | Boat, Cleaning, Exterior, Maintenance, Tips, Yacht

Even though you may have a sparkling clean boat or yacht, if you have teak decking which hasn’t been cleaned properly, it can let the whole look down. Teak cleaning isn’t too difficult to get right, however there are some basic steps you must take to get the best finish possible.

First off, it’s time to consider the material you’re working with. Although teak doesn’t rot, it can warp and begin to look dull if not properly maintained. It is however an extremely durable and resilient wood which can be returned to its best in the event that it has been left to the elements for an extended period of time.

A chemical cleaning on a teak surface should suffice to get it looking its best again, unlike other woods used on boat or yacht exteriors which require sanding and scraping. The thing is that you need to be careful with chemical cleaners, because they usually rely on acid to clean teak deeply, which can lead to bleaching on the surface of the wood as well as erosion.

The best thing to do to avoid resorting to using a chemical cleaner altogether is to never allow your teak decking to get into a state where it needs it in the first place.

The First Step

The level of discolouration to your teak will determine how much elbow grease it’s going to need to get it looking right again. Try a mild teak cleaner if the discolouration isn’t so bad – it should do the trick. Give the teak a good scrub with a semi-abrasive pad, ensuring you scrub evenly across the grain.

Once you’ve done this, wet down the area with water, clean with a detergent solution and rinse. If the wood comes out in the right shade, then it’s job done. If it’s still not looking right, then it’s time to go to a more powerful cleaner.

One-Part Cleaners

A one-part cleaner should be the next step you try. These normally come in powdered or liquid forms and contain one abrasive acid and one mild acid. Due to these ingredients, they have increased effectiveness over a detergent solution. Be sure to take care when handling – wear rubber gloves and eye protection due to the one-part cleaner’s acidity.

To use the one-part cleaner, simply wet down your teak deck, sprinkle or brush the cleaner onto it, scrub it down

Two-Part Cleaners

If the above still doesn’t produce satisfactory results, the next thing to do is get hold of a two-part liquid cleaner and use that. These contain powerful caustics and acids, therefore they need to be handled with extra care. They do a great job of brightening even the dullest teak deck, however you should ensure such a cleaner doesn’t end up on your skin or damaging adjacent surfaces.

In order to avoid the latter, wash down continuously with water. It is an absolute essential to wear rubber gloves when wearing a two-part cleaner, as it is to wear eye protection.

To use, wet down your teak deck, apply the caustic part of the cleaner by scrubbing the deck lightly with a bristle brush. Once the surface is a muddy brown colour, apply the second part of the cleaner, namely the acid. Use a bristle brush for this also, however use a new or clean one. Ensure that it is spread evenly. Once the colour starts looking right, it’s time to rinse off and allow it to dry.

A Guide to Car Detailing

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While to some people car detailing means can mean a mere wax and wash, to others means a full cleaning and protection service inclusive of an interior shampoo and steam clean.

Start car detailing by evaluating your car’s paint. If its paint is smooth and contaminant-free, then there’s no need to do any other maintenance work than washing it thoroughly once a week. Spend a good 30 or 45 minutes to get a really good finish.

On the other hand, if you find that your car’s paint is stained and rough, then you’re going to need a lot more elbow grease than it takes to get a good finish when simply washing. Think about investing some 30 minutes to three hours of your time to achieve the best result.

Use a paint pre-wax cleaner next, as this will help eliminate any contaminants that are still present on your car’s paint surface. After you’ve gone over it using this kind of product, the next step is to evaluate the paint bit by bit in order to check for scratches and the depth of those scratches, if any. Most scratches will disappear using a good polish. Take one to five minutes on each scratch to ensure that it disappears.

Once you’ve polished your car’s entire surface sufficiently, the next car detailing step is to move on to waxing. Waxing your car should take you about 45 minutes to an hour. Repeat the process four times per year. A deep cleaning and polish needs to be undertaken just twice a year to ensure that your car’s paint looks just as it did when it left the showroom floor many years later.

Last but not least when it comes to exterior car detailing, pay good attention to your car’s wheels. Dull-looking, dirty and brake dust-covered wheels really age a car, so invest in a tyre and wheel cleaner. Have a big bucket of soapy water handy, together with a brush, and prepare to scrub them for 15 minutes apiece for the best finish.

Turning attention to your car’s interior, the first interior car detailing step to take is to evaluate how much effort you’re going to need to get it looking its best. If you’re a businessman who wears suits all day long, then it’s highly likely that you’re going to require less cleaning time than if you’re a mum driving about with two young kids in tow.

Start by vaccuuming regularly. We recommend vaccuuming twice each month for 10-15 minutes at a time. If you clean your car’s exterior regularly, doing so shouldn’t take you long. However, if you clean your car infrequently, then this job might take one to two hours to getting the interior fresh again. Pay special attention to the products you use – use a good interior shampoo for the seats in particular.

So there you have it!

 

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Vintage Car Cleaning

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Owning a vintage car requires that you take extra care while cleaning it due to the added fragility that come with age, wear and tear.

Products

The first thing you need to consider is which products you are using and whether they are suitable for your particular car. Secondly, if you do have a vintage car, you need to devote more time to care and maintenance in order to keep it in tip-top shape.

No Car Washes!

An automatic car wash is never really a good idea when you have an older car, and this is because it could have a detrimental impact to older paint. In addition, if you happen to have a convertible vintage car, then it’s likely that it came out of the factory with a roof that is prone to leakages. Automation is best avoided and traded in with tender, loving care in your garage or other covered workspace.

Gently Does It

If you can’t get a professional detailer to do it, then washing bodywork by hand is always recommended when it comes to a vintage car. All you need is a very soft sponge and a smidgen of gentle, detergent-free soap, together with plenty of time to get the finish right. If you come across any stubborn marks or stains, don’t fret – all you need to do is use a soft chamois leather cloth and rub the affected area as you’re drying the car.

Dry, Wax and Polish

A chamois leather is always advisable for drying because it will prevent any drip or watermarks from remaining on the paintwork. Dry in a circular motion with the chamois loose in your hands.
Next up, a wax and polish on a vintage car never go amiss. Make sure the wax you’re using is both appropriate for the kind of paint on your car, as well as the colour of that paint. Once you’ve done that, start by waxing areas that appear marked or stained. Wax may help loosen such stubborn stains, giving your car a refreshed look. A T-Cut may also be worth considering to restore the top layer of paint at this point.

Finishing Touches

Finally, polish your car with a dry lint-free cloth in a circular motion. Doing so will guarantee you the best finish. Make sure you go over the entire body surface of your vintage car, checking each panel for omissions before you move on to the next bit.

So there you have it!

7 Car Care Essentials

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This list may seem a little odd to you, but these things do really work! Here are 7 Car Care Essentials:

Nail polish remover

Dilute nail polish remover with a little water to remove any scuff marks from plastic trim pieces or rubbing strips. Wipe off immediately after using.

Epoxy Resin

Epoxy will make any two broken bits of a car stick back together again. Use a two-part epoxy resin for the best results. Keep a small kit with you just in case you have a mishap while out on the road.

Penetrating Oil

A low-viscosity penetrating oil, of which WD-40 is a great example, can be used to free nuts and bolts that have rusted together. This is definitely a handy car care product to keep around, especially if you drive something older.

Duct Tape

Let’s say you run your bumper over a high pavement and it comes loose from its brackets. You’re obviously going to want to drive home with it, so a bit of duct tape to hold it in place temporarily will definitely come in handy. A very important car care essential, keep it in your glove compartment or boot/trunk of your car.

Tyre Cleaner

We all love shiny black tyres to complement our newly-cleaned car, so investing in a tyre cleaner allows you to give it the finishing touch it needs. This is the very last step of a thorough car clean.

Hand-held Vacuum Cleaner

Getting into all the nooks and crannies of our beloved rides can be a pain in the proverbials without a having a hand-held vacuum cleaner close by. These are great from removing annoyances from a car’s interior.

Microfibre Towels

The primary use for these on a car is for removing any residual water present on your car’s paintwork after a good wash, however they have a whole myriad of uses because they can be used anywhere and on any surface. Having one around might see you preventing a messy spill all over your car’s interior too. Probably the most essential car care essential of all!

10 Amazing Car Cleaning Tips

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In this blog, we’re going to tell you how to clean your car like the pros do. So let’s dive right in with 10 amazing car cleaning tips!

Air Compressor to get into Nooks and Crannies

Number one on our list of car cleaning tips is to use an air compressor to get all of the dirt that’s tough to remove from the corners of the footwells in your car. Blow these fragments into the centre for easy vacuuming.

Clean Air Vents to Keep New Car Smell

Ever wondered what the best way of keeping your smelling like new is? Clean out air vent with a small air compressor to remove dust and dirt. This will get rid of musty smells.

Use a Non-Acid-Based Tyre Cleaner

A non-acid-based tyre cleaner will prevent alloy wheels from bubbling while still making your tyres black and beautiful. Use it to remove brake dust too.

Hand-Wash the Exterior

Notice all our car cleaning tips are all done by hand, that is because going that extra mile for your car is worth it in the end. Hand-washing is the best way to clean a car’s exterior, and that’s the end of it. Don’t use liquid detergent in your bucket of water, because that strips away protective wax layers. Use a dedicated car washing product instead.

Use Paint Cleaning Product to Remove Contaminants

Use a paint cleaning liquid to take off tough pieces of dirt, such as bird droppings, which do not come off with a wash. Use a fine cloth in order to apply this and rub gently.

Give Her a Good Polish

Use an oscillating polishing machine and a market-leading polishing product to get the best finish. Giving your car a good polish in this way can make it look years newer.

Wax for Protection

Either liquid or paste wax will do as they both do the job equally well. Waxing your car thoroughly will keep its paint protected for up to a year before reapplication. Use a damp car cleaning sponge to apply the wax in the event that it didn’t come with an applicator. Giving your car a good wax is one of our most important car cleaning tips, it doesn’t just make her look good but she will be protected.

Reapply Wax Every Season

Seeing as there’s no way to tell if wax has lasted or is still present over your car’s entire surface, we recommend setting a fixed date at the change of every season in order to reapply it.

Make your Glass Shine

Invest in an ammonia-free glass cleaner and buff all your windows both inside and out with a microfibre cloth to finish off car cleaning.

Pay Attention to Detail

Last but not least on our list of car cleaning tips is to go over your car inside and out to make sure you haven’t missed a spot. Repeat the steps above as needed for any problem areas.

 

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Correct Rib Maintenance

By | Boat, Cleaning, Exterior, important, Interior, Maintenance, servicing, Winter

As with any type of boat, maintenance of your Rigid Inflatable Boat, or rib, will help maintain both its value and its longevity for many a year to come if done properly.

The most important time to consider rib care and maintenance is at the end of the season, when the full scope of wear and tear incurred becomes apparent. Should you not have the required knowledge, skill or expertise in order to ensure that your Rib is being taken care of properly, then we recommend you bring in a dedicated boat mechanic how will know his way round your rib better than you do.

End of Season

When you take your rib out of the water at the end of the season, ensure that non-lubricated parts of your rib have not become stuck, establish whether any water has entered its tailfin and check that its engine starts without problems.

Apply antifouling if it applies to the kind of material your particular rib is made out of. Check all accessories to ensure they are in good working order. In addition, lubricate any moving parts and preserve petrol in its tank over the winter.

Engine Considerations

With specific reference to your engine, replace its oil and filter if you have a four-stroke engine. The petrol filter should also be replaced. Check your engine’s spark plugs and replace them if necessary. Clean it block if there is any leftover residue, together with applying an anti-corrosion later and lubricating any moving parts. Also change the tailfin oil, check your engine’s propeller and lubricate the propeller shaft. Conduct an engine diagnosis if possible too to check if there is anything wrong which may not be immediately apparent through observation.

Fabric

Also pay special attention to your Rib’s fabric at all times, because it is obviously made out of material which can wear down if not maintained properly.