Offer Your Clients these Outdoor Kitchen Cleaning Tips
Whether you are building an outdoor kitchen in a tropical environment like southern Florida or in the mountains up north, it’s important to offer your clients outdoor kitchen cleaning tips that help them preserve their products against the elements. Even though stainless steel for outdoor appliances is made to withstand harsh elements, we still suggest this easy maintenance checklist to keep an outdoor kitchen clean and shining.
Outdoor Kitchen Cleaning Tips
Stainless Steel Appliances
While stainless steel typically requires less maintenance, surfaces should be wiped down regularly in the direction of the grain. In a salt air environment, we recommend a slightly oilier cleaner which will wipe away the stuck-on salt. Homeowners should clean stainless steel cabinets once a week, as salt breaks down into highly corrosive chlorine that will attack the metal over time. While the surface corrosion will not affect the performance of the product, it will affect the overall look. And we all love that shine!
Countertops of any kitchen are the most susceptible to germs, making them the top cleaning priority. Wiping down your outdoor kitchen countertops with a cleaning solution will prevent dirt build-up, and should be done once a week or after every use. Helping your clients find the perfect cleaning solution will depend on the countertop material, although most are durable enough for any cleaning solution.
Stainless steel and solid bronze hardware are becoming increasingly popular for outdoor cabinetry because of their functionality and durability. Although they are durable, salty air and oil on our hands or from cooking can tarnish these finishes over time. An oiler cleaner will protect the hardware against oxidation and surface rust, expressing a beautiful finish built to last.
Hinges and handles should be wiped and sprayed with WD-40, regardless of environment, but especially when located in tropical environments. This will keep the cabinetry from binding or rusting at hinge-points that often go under-maintained or overlooked when cleaning.
An outdoor kitchen area is one that holds countless memories of summer barbecues with friends and family, making the best entertainment space year-round. Taking time to explain outdoor kitchen maintenance to clients at the end of any outdoor kitchen installation job, such as wiping down and caring for cabinets, countertops, furniture, and appliances with appropriate cleaning agents, will create a lasting sense of quality and care for years to come. It’s also a nice way to round out the job, and offers a reason to follow up later on if you have the opportunity for further business.
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