Tips for Maintaining Your Outdoor Kitchen

You envisioned the perfect home and you realized that dream. Then you imagined your perfect outdoor space, and you saw that through to completion as well. Your outdoor kitchen is everything you wanted—an oven, grill, refrigerator, fireplace, cabinets, and even dining space. You’ve spent time and money making sure you have the space you dreamed of, so what do you do to keep it beautiful, functional, and efficient?

Proper Care and Maintenance

You have to regularly clean and maintain your outdoor kitchen just like you would your indoor kitchen. If you don’t you can invite bugs and wildlife into your kitchen as well as shorten the life of your appliances and cause unneeded costs in repairs.

Take care to remember these things while enjoying your outdoor kitchen:

  1. Call a professional for repairs, maintenance, and replacement of appliances and parts. Wood, gas, or oil appliances should be serviced by a professional to ensure correct installation and repairs are made.
  2. Seal your countertops to avoid staining. A professional can apply an industrial sealant on your countertop, or you can purchase a sealant at a local home improvement store.
  3. Clean the kitchen after use. Wipe the countertops to avoid stains. Leaving food and residue behind can cause animals to come into your outdoor space.
  4. Keep the grill clean and check it before and after use. Keep all parts of your gas appliance clean and free of debris and wildlife. Keep an eye on the flame while in use. The flame should be blue with a yellow tip. Anything other than this indicates a problem, and you should discontinue use immediately and check hose and valves for problems.
  5. Protect your outdoor furniture by choosing a material that best suits your needs and that will withstand the weather. You can also protect your furniture by cleaning it regularly, and keeping it covered when not in use.
  6. Winterize your outdoor kitchen before winter weather arrives. If you don’t take necessary precautions to prepare for winter your pipes can freeze and bust, electrical components of appliances can become damaged, and furniture can become cracked and damaged due to moisture penetration and a process of freezing and thawing.

The Life and Performance of Your Outdoor Kitchen

The seasons may change, but as a homeowner that invested a lot of money and space into an outdoor kitchen, you not only want it to be exactly what you envisioned, but you want it to last! By keeping up with routine maintenance, cleaning, and following manufacturer’s directions you extend the life of your outdoor kitchen.

Afraid an outdoor kitchen will be too much work? Are you not sure where to start planning? Contact IBD Outdoor Rooms to consult with an experienced professional today. At IBD Outdoor Rooms we turn fantasy into reality.

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