Tips for Maintaining an Outdoor Kitchen
Having the opportunity to design and build an outdoor kitchen for a client is a rewarding experience that should not be taken lightly. A homeowner is inviting you to be part of creating a space where memories and laughter will be shared for years to come. Upon finishing the build, your client will be left with an aesthetically pleasing outdoor area built with lifelong appliances. Taking the time to share information on how to maintain an outdoor kitchen is just as important, as this shows your compassion and care towards the homeowners and their project.
Purchase a grill cover.
For many, the grill is the focal point of any outdoor kitchen. Although having ample storage space and a refrigerator is important, the grill is where most of the cooking is done meaning it will often need cleaned. Most grills are built with corrosion-resistant materials, but that doesn’t mean one should take that for granted. Taking time to put the grill cover back on after it has cooled from each use will only extend the appliances life. About once a year, consider giving the grill a “tune-up” by vacuuming out old debris and cleaning the burners.
Seal the countertops.
Granite countertops are a common investment chosen by most homeowners for the stunning look and the ability to withstand heat. Granite is able to stand against the heat but still requires a seal to protect the sun exposure. It’s recommended that a professional seals the stone every 3-5 years to maintain appearance and functionality.
Disconnect utilities for winter.
For homeowners who live in a climate with harsh winters, it’s important to disconnect utilities in the outdoor kitchen even if the appliances are outdoor rated. Stressing the need to drain the water lines will prevent freezing and busting, saving time and money. Disconnecting the outdoor kitchen utilities will leave them in prime condition come spring.
Power wash stone with care.
Most outdoor kitchens are built with natural or manufactured stone on the siding of islands to introduce warmth and texture. Stone is known for lasting beyond a lifetime, but it is still wise to care for the stone and clean dirt and debris. Power washing the stone once a year will remove excess grass clippings, grease buildup and grill smoke. Avoiding using too much pressure when power washing to maintain a promised use.
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