Though fun to have, exposure to Florida’s sunshine and rain can make it difficult to keep your outdoor kitchen clean.
Of course, normal wear and tear are expected with outdoor appliances, so you will want to do your best to keep them in tip-top shape so you can enjoy them for years to come. See how to keep your outdoor kitchen space clean and well-maintained from our team at Synergy Outdoor Living!
Maintaining Your Outdoor Kitchen
Follow these tips to ensure that your outdoor kitchen stands the test of time (and Florida’s outdoor elements!)
#1. Protect Your Countertops
Granite and other natural stones are popular materials for outdoor kitchens due to their heat-resistant properties and longevity. But one drawback to these beautiful finishes is that they are porous and can stain quite easily.
Sealing your granite countertops can prevent damage and extend their lifespan, but it is important to remember that you will need to reapply sealant every three to five years, and we recommend hiring a professional that uses a high-quality commercial-grade product.
When you have granite counters it is important to wipe them down after every use to prevent stains from setting in. Be sure to use coasters for any drinks as the condensation will seep into the granite and create rings that are difficult to remove.
It’s also best to avoid leaving any wet dishes, cloths, or sponges on the countertop for an extended period of time as they can also discolor your granite if the water isn’t wiped up quickly. These small habits will make a big difference in preventing any stains or damage from occurring.
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#2. Clean Your Grill
The star of any outdoor kitchen is, you guessed it, your grill! It is one of the most expensive components that needs to be properly maintained to keep it in good working order.
Whether your grill is charcoal or gas,
it should be cleaned after each use.
Cleaning prevents rusting and the accumulation of carbonized food scraps on your grill’s grates.
We also recommend that you use mild soap and water to clean the exterior of your grill to keep it a shining focal point of your outdoor kitchen.
#3. Clean Out the Fridge
If you have an outdoor fridge, it needs the same amount of TLC as your indoor fridge.
- Wipe down the exterior with soapy water
- Clean the interior by wiping the shelves
- If its exterior is stainless steel, use a stainless steel cleaner regularly to keep it shining
#4. Clean & Cover Patio Furniture
Common outdoor furniture materials, like vinyl, mesh, and fabric can be easily cleaned by wiping them down with a mild, all-purpose cleaner. They are made to withstand sun and weather, but mold and mildew can grow if they aren’t cleaned a few times a year. And don’t forget to wipe them down after it rains!
In Florida, we use our outdoor kitchens year-round, so be sure to protect your patio furniture with a cover during inclement weather or if you leave for vacation.
#5. Don’t Neglect Fire Features
If your ultimate outdoor kitchen includes a cozy fireplace or fire pit, take some time to keep it tidy. Though your outdoor fireplace may never be “clean” per se, what is most important is keeping it free of debris.
Remove ashes regularly, but take care when clearing them as embers can smolder long after the fire has been put out. Spent ashes can be collected in a metal bucket and properly disposed of once full.
- Masonry Fire Pits: If residue builds up over time, masonry fire pits can be cleaned with a solution of one part muriatic acid and nine parts water to clean the interior. Once clean, rinse with water and allow to dry 48-72 hours before using.
- Gas Fire Pits: These natural gas or propane-fueled fire pits produce no messy ashes to clean up. To keep it in proper working order, keep burners clean to ensure gas flow and check the fuel lines regularly before use.
- Metal Fire Pits: Rust buildup can be common with metal fire pits. Surface rust can be removed with a stiff wire brush and wiping away the residue.
- Washing Fire Glass: Wear protective gloves when handling fire pit glass to avoid contact with sharp edges. Put small batches of fire glass in a strainer and wash with simple dish soap or distilled water and vinegar. Rinse thoroughly and let dry completely.
An Enjoyable Outdoor Oasis for Years to Come
We obviously love spending time outdoors! When you invest in an amazing custom outdoor kitchen, you’ll want friends and family to enjoy it for years to come. Keeping your outdoor living space looking shiny and new can be simple when you take the steps outlined above! If everything is covered with a layer of dirt or sand, you won’t want to spend your time out there. So, take a little time to maintain your outdoor space. Trust us, it will give you more opportunities to relax.
We are passionate about taking advantage of Florida’s beautiful weather with stunning outdoor living spaces. Contact us to start designing your dream outdoor kitchen today!