The tenets of good homekeeping reach beyond the walls of a home, into all of our outdoor spaces. Porches require even more regular maintenance than outdoor spaces. Dirt and debris can quickly build up.
Most new decks are made of pressure-treated lumber, wood that has been processed with chemicals to make it more resistant to moisture and insects. Sweep deck floors and thresholds with an outdoor push broom at least weekly to remove leaves and other debris. Dust railings and windowsills with a counter brush.
A 1/2-inch layer of sand in the grill bed will absorb the heat of failing embers and prolong the life of a charcoal grill's kettle. The ash pan under the kettle will catch any sand that falls through the bottom vent.
To dispose of ashes, wait at least 24 hours after cooking to be sure the ash has cooled. Even tiny embers can spark a fire if swept into a trash receptacle while they are hot.
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