Granite is arguably one of the best materials for outdoor kitchen countertops. Granite is a natural stone that is resistant to heat, fading, and most stains when sealed properly. This stone does not require much maintenance once installed, but with any significant home investment, a little care goes a long way.
1. Consider a cover if your outdoor kitchen is in direct sunlight. A cover will shield not only your countertops, but your entire outdoor kitchen from the elements. Each different climate brings unique obstacles to outdoor living maintenance. Granite is highly resistant to fading, however if exposed for extensive periods of time, this natural stone may experience some change in color. Because granite is porous, accumulation of wet leaves and debris could also cause damage to the granite if not properly sealed.
2. Immediately clean spilled liquids from the surface. Acidic liquids like juice and sauces or even Citronella can break through the sealant’s protection if not properly cleaned. We recommend some type of plate or tray under any containers of Citronella oil. You should clean with any mild dish soap and water or you can use any dedicated stone cleaning product.
3. Reseal your granite every 1-2 years. Extreme weather conditions can break through the sealant’s protection. You should re-seal your countertops as necessary. A deep penetrating or impregnating product should be used when you re-seal.
4. Allow the stone to cool gradually. You can cool off your countertops / tabletops by wiping down with tepid water, but do not use very cold water as you need to cool the stone gradually. We suggest the use of umbrellas whenever possible as granite will absorb the heat of the sun; it will not affect the granite other than to make it hot to the touch in extreme sunlight conditions.