Outdoor kitchens have become even more popular as more people stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Outdoor kitchens allow us to spend time with our family, enjoy the fresh air, and potentially save money by eating at home. Indeed, outdoor kitchens are a go-to destination for outdoor gatherings, and they naturally complement your existing backyard features, such as fire pits and patios. Using an outdoor kitchen to enjoy our Colorado landscape’s beauty allows you to relax any time of day. However, just like indoor kitchens, outdoor kitchens need to be regularly cleaned and maintained. Cleaning your outdoor kitchen will help you enjoy it longer so you can get the most out of your investment.
Wipe Down Countertops
As with your indoor kitchen, it is wise to clean your outdoor countertops every time you use them. Many of our customers have marble or granite countertops, which are an attractive choice, but do need to be cleaned to avoid staining. We recommend using a safe cleaner that will not damage your countertops. There are several different varieties of cleaners that are safe to use with granite countertops. If you have not already, you may want to consider adding an arbor or pergola to your outdoor kitchen that will help provide cover and some amount of protection from the elements. Even with a pergola, you will need to wipe down your countertops frequently.
Clean Your Grill
You will need to clean your grill regularly. In fact, every time you use your grill, you will need to clean it. We recommend cleaning your grill from time to time if you go a long period without using it. Most of our clients will clean their gill with a wire brush before their next barbecue. However, bacteria can still build up on the grill that you do not want in your food. We recommend thoroughly wiping down the grates with a paper towel so you can clear away all of the gunk and grime from your grill.
In addition to cleaning the grill components, you should also inspect the other components periodically. You should check the valves, hoses, and burners on occasion to make sure they are clean. When checking the burners, use a stiff brush to clear away the gunk and grease. As you cook, notice the flame color. Healthy flames should be blue with a yellow tip. If you notice that the flames are yellow, you will need to turn off your grill and disconnect your fuel tank to check the fuel valve pressure.
Keep in mind that your grill will be affected by temperature changes. In Colorado, we often have warm summers and freezing winters, and these temperature changes can take a toll on your entire outdoor kitchen. Depending on your grill and the material it is made of, grill hoses may contract and expand during the changing seasons. Inspect them to see if they have split or cracked and need to be replaced.
Carefully Clean Stainless Steel
When you are cleaning your outdoor kitchen, one of the best things you can do is pay attention to the type of surface you are cleaning. Some surfaces require special cleaning solutions and tools to avoid damage. For example, stainless steel is one of the most popular kitchen appliances in both indoor and outdoor kitchens. It is resistant to rust, and it does not corrode as quickly as other surfaces. Stainless steel also looks great in outdoor kitchens.
Without proper cleaning, stainless steel can become damaged, especially in outdoor kitchens. For example, placing a hot pan or another type of cookware on stainless steel can cause stains. Try not to cut directly on a stainless steel surface. Instead, use a cutting board. When you need to clean stainless steel surfaces, use a gentle washcloth or soft sponge and follow the stainless steel metal grain to avoid scratching the surface. We recommend using a gentle, soapy water rinse. The key with stainless steel is to avoid scratching the surface. If you have a stainless steel grill, consider getting a cover that ties to it when it is not used to protect the surface from weather damage.
Clean Your Fireplace
Most outdoor kitchens in Colorado include a fireplace. Cleaning a fireplace can be one of the more tedious tasks in cleaning your outdoor kitchen. However, taking the time to clean your fireplace can help you protect it and keep it in use for a long time. It is hard to get an outdoor fireplace completely clean, but you can keep your fireplace free from debris. Remove the ashes from your fireplace using a metal scoop and put them in a metal container.
We recommend leaving the ashes and that container overnight or until you are sure that they have grown completely cold to avoid starting a fire. You may want to purchase a cover for your fire chimney. The interior of chimneys can become damaged from debris and water. If you have a chimney, use a wire brush to sweep it out once a year, so it does not become a fire hazard full of debris.
Clean Your Refrigerator
You will also need to keep your refrigerator clean. You should choose a refrigerator designed for outdoor use and maintain a constant temperature inside it. Your refrigerator should be weather-proof. However, your refrigerator can still become dirty and damaged if you do not clean it and maintain it properly. During the beginning of our Colorado winter, you should disconnect your refrigerator. You should also wipe down the exterior of your refrigerator with soapy water. Rinse it and let it dry.
Would You Like to Create an Outdoor Kitchen? Contact Masterpiece Outdoor Living
If you would like to create your outdoor kitchen paradise, Masterpiece Outdoor Living is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation to learn how we can help you create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.