Maintain Your Outdoor Kitchen
Arista Plan 1 | Los Angeles / Ventura | Pardee Homes
To entertain al fresco (or showcase their grill skills), many homeowners are opting for outdoor kitchens. Even though it’s not actually inside your house, a backyard culinary oasis still needs cleaning and care. The good news is that outdoor kitchens are relatively low-maintenance compared to indoor, everyday home kitchens.
Here are some tips to keep your outdoor kitchen beautiful and in top shape.
Rib-eyes ready? If your idea of upkeep is to just give your grates a quick swipe before you toss on those steaks, consider upping your grill game. Regular maintenance of all grill components will help keep your barbecue sizzle-ready.
- Grates – Invest in the cleaning brush recommended by the grill manufacturer, and brush your grates clean every time you cook out.
- Burners – Keep your burners free of grease and other debris.
- Valves – Pay attention to the color of your flame. A healthy flame on a gas grill should be blue with a yellow tip. If your flames are all yellow, turn off the grill and disconnect the fuel tank so you can check the valves for proper pressure.
- Hoses – Check all your gas tubing for wear and tear on a regular basis. Grill hoses can contract and expand in response to temperature changes, so check them before use for cracks and splits. Replace damaged hoses.
- Cover – Use a cover for your grill that has a cloth lining. This helps wick away moisture and prevent rusting.
Great for outdoor use, stainless is resistant to rust and corrosion for the most part. However, you still should take some precautions to keep it gleaming.
- Don’t cut directly on a stainless-steel surface. Use a cutting board.
- Don’t leave metal cans, other steel or cast iron cookware (or anything really hot) sitting on your surfaces. This can cause corrosion and/or burn marks.
- When cleaning, try soapy water and a clean cotton cloth. Don’t use abrasive sponges like steel wool or harsh chemical cleansers. Be sure to dry the surface completely.
Stone surfaces are some of the best you can install. However, with granite and other beautiful stone surfaces, the biggest concern should be its porous nature.
- If you spill something, wipe it up immediately.
- Follow the same rules about caustic cleansers, cutting and heat on your stone surfaces.
- Consider covering your stone countertops during times when they are not being used.
Comfy furniture can complete your backyard sanctuary. Try to keep your outdoor kitchen furniture out of rain and extreme weather.
- If you can’t bring furniture indoors, invest in vinyl covers that don’t touch the ground, which allows moisture to escape.
- Clean vinyl, mesh and fabric components with a mild, all-purpose cleaner, not a harsh bleach or ammonia-based cleanser.
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible.
Looking for a new home where you can enjoy outdoor living? One of our New Home Specialists would be happy to help.
Disclaimer: Nothing herein constitutes any type of advice and is not to be acted on or relied upon as such. Information may not be current and is subject to change without notice. All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only. Gas is flammable and could explode. Failure to exercise caution around open flames could result in serious burns or bodily harm. Consult a professional if you smell gas or have a gas leak. Always follow the manufacturers’ operation, cleaning and maintenance instructions. Pardee assumes no responsibility or liability for any personal injury or damage to outdoor kitchens based on the foregoing.