How to Maintain Your Outdoor Kitchen
Weather, animals, and climate are just a few things that can take a toll on your beautiful outdoor kitchen. Fortunately, there are plenty of tricks to ensure it stays clean and pristine for years to come. We share our best tips in this post! Let’s dive in.
Cleaning stainless steel
While stainless steel is the most durable metal to combat corrosion, it still needs to be regularly cleaned to keep that surface shining.
Wipe off countertops, shelves, and appliances on a weekly basis using soapy water, and rinse completely. Apply a mild polish to wipe off fingerprints and smudges. Always use a chopping board and never chop food directly on the counter!
When you’ve finished cleaning the steel, coat it with a heavy rust-resistant lacquer.
Barbecue grilles and stovetops
You’ll want to pay special attention to your outdoor cooking appliances, especially if they’re gas-powered.
Always check the valves for leaks and use a damp rag to remove grease from the burners. Scrape the grate with a stiff brush before each use to get rid of charred remnants.
Put up shade
Does your outdoor kitchen have some sort of overhead covering? By adding a pergola, canvas shade, or a wooden roof structure, you’ll protect your kitchen countertops and appliances from rain, snow, and the sun’s strong rays.
Your cushions, rugs, and patio furniture will need extra TLC to prevent mildew from quickly destroying them.
Opt for weather-resistant fabrics that dry quickly. Wash cushion covers and rugs periodically to remove odors and dust. When not in use, store your cushions in a waterproof container.
You can also cover your furniture with vinyl. Make sure the fabric doesn’t touch the ground so moisture can escape and air can flow freely.
Take care to mop up spills immediately, especially on granite or marble countertops since they stain easily.
If you’re building your outdoor kitchen and need a recommendation for a durable countertop material, Dekton is a combination of porcelain, quartz, and glass that is non-porous, UV resistant, and stain-resistant.
Protect your gas-powered fire pit by covering it when not in use. Use fire glass to cover the mechanical components (it also boosts the aesthetic appeal).