Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Rust In Peace | Sep 2015

Whatever's left of this Pontiac Bonneville station wagon, quietly rusts in peace by the ocean.

Rust in Peace are photos of (usually) abandoned vehicles I find and collect during my travels around the Interwebs. When possible, I credit the source. —Luis

Monday, September 7, 2015

Starting a BBQ Grill Cleaning Business
Part Six


I am sure you've heard that old saying many times before, but I've always believed that PERFECT Practice Makes Perfect. In other words, you can practice as much as you want, but if you're doing (and practicing) something the wrong way, guess what... the end results may be far from perfect.

After reading The BBQ Cleaner's Operations Manual a couple of times, and then going through Training Day, I felt a lot more confident about my capabilities of cleaning any grill. After all, this is not rocket science.

Having said that, I want to do an excellent job for all customers, so I felt I needed to have at least a couple more cleanings under my belt.

To that end I posted a message to my neighborhood's NextDoor group, offering a grill cleaning free of charge, I immediately got replies from a couple of volunteers, and we scheduled the appointments.

I think it is very important to do one or two practice cleanings on grills that belong to complete strangers. This way the process is "real" versus cleaning a relative's or friend's grill, for example. But if you don't have a forum such as NextDoor to reach out to neighbors, you can still walk around your area and talk to homeowners so you can explain what it is you are offering.

No one likes to clean their BBQ grill, so you will not have any problems finding volunteers.

Once the appointments were set, I got my equipment ready, knowing that I would learn a few things as to how to conduct the cleanings, how to talk to customers, what products or tools I may need to add to my toolbox, etc.


I arrived on time for both appointments, which is something that is very important. You do not want to keep customers waiting around for you, and even though these were freebies, the idea was to treat them just as if they were paying for the service.

Once on site, the customers will pretty much leave you alone so you can get the job done. There's nothing glamorous about cleaning grease and carbon buildup, so you'll have the time to get familiar with the grill and assess the amount of work that will need to be done.

Most importantly, practice cleanings will allow you to determine which cleaning approach works best. At least they did for me.

I will spare you all the procedural details since, if you are starting a BBQ cleaning business as an authorized tech of The BBQ Cleaner, the ops manual will give you a very detailed overview of the process. In addition to that, Training Day will also cover that part in a hands-on fashion, so you will have a solid basic understanding about how to get the job done.

In addition, if you follow the The BBQ Cleaner's system and use their products, you will attain good results, and your customers will be very pleased when they see how clean their grill is.

Here are a few Before and After photos.

But ultimately, you want happy customers, and from the unsolicited post I saw later that day, I was very happy to see that my efforts had paid off.

If you follow the suggested steps, and take your time, the results will be pretty amazing, and who knows... your customer's may be so happy that they will insist in giving you a tip for a job well done. I'm just saying!