Outdoor kitchens add beauty and elegance to any backyard, while giving you another element for friends and family to gather. They also add to the value of your property. But like most things with your home, outdoor kitchens are an investment and should be properly maintained to keep them in good condition. Here are some tips on how to take care of your outdoor kitchen:
- Keep the inside of the grill clean. After you’ve finished the meal, take advantage of the remaining heat by brushing the grill to scrape away any food that was left during the cooking process. This is a great habit to get into, and just takes a few minutes. Deep clean (burners, grates, burner tubes, etc.) at least once a year, or every few months, depending on how often you use the grill.
- Wipe down counters regularly. If your counters are made of stone or granite, be aware that they can be more susceptible to stains. Wipe up stains as quickly as possible. Sealing your counters can add peace of mind but is not necessary. Soap and water is the best way to clean these counters. Don’t use Windex or spray cleaners, as they can break down a sealed countertop. For ceramic tile countertops, use soap and water, along with a tile cleaner.
- Take care of stainless steel components. Avoid keeping hot metal, steel, or iron items on these pieces for extended periods of time, otherwise it could lead to corrosion. Otherwise, cleaning is simple. Soapy water should be used to clean them but be sure to follow the grain of the metal and dry thoroughly. Stay away from abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals that will damage the smooth finish of the stainless steel. If you really want them to shine, try polishing with glass cleaner.
- Cover with a tarp during the winter. A large tarp and a few bungee cords can protect your outdoor kitchen from the elements of winter. Also, cover your grill or other cooking apparatus while not in use.
- Do the normal things. Stacking up your chairs and putting them away for winter, emptying the trash, or even leaving a box of baking soda in the outdoor refrigerator, you should treat your outdoor kitchen just like any other room in your house.
It can be easy to forget about cleaning when you’re done entertaining and head inside. But if you keep up with the maintenance on a regular basis, your outdoor kitchen will stay enjoyable for friends and family for many years!