31 March 2022

4 Tips to Keep Your Outdoor Kitchen in Top Shape

Photo by Matthieu Joannon on Unsplash

Outdoor kitchens are becoming a popular option around the globe but they have always been popular in Australia, perhaps because the weather is perfect for using them. This popularity doesn’t show any signs of waning. 

However, while an outdoor kitchen is a great asset, the very fact that it is outside means it will be exposed to nature and may deteriorate quickly. After all, the weather isn’t always perfect!

That’s why you need to use the following tips to keep your outdoor kitchen in top shape and protect your investment. That includes any appliances that live outdoors that might be covered by your home warranty plan.

1. Coverings

There are two types of coverings for your outdoor kitchen and it’s best to have both. The first is the temporary style covering that protects your kitchen from the sun and unexpected rain showers. 

This encompasses gazebos and awnings. Coverings that can be moved into position when needed and removed just as easily. These types of covers protect your outdoor kitchen from the sun and the rain, as well as making it more enjoyable to cook under.

Alongside this, you’ll find individual covers that can be used over elements of the outdoor kitchen. These are time-consuming to put in position but offer better protection for each appliance.

The best approach is to rely on awnings and gazebo-style covers in the summer and then switch to individual covers for the winter when you are not likely to use the kitchen. This will ensure it is protected in all weather. 

2. Keep It Clean

It should be obvious but a clean kitchen will last much longer than a dirty one. The main reason for this is a dirty kitchen has food debris and that attracts all manner of pests to your yard. They are likely to make a mess of your kitchen and leave you needing to do a lot of cleaning or replace units. 

Clean it after every use and sweep the floor to ensure pests aren’t attracted and extend the life of your outdoor kitchen.

3. Repair Damage

If your outdoor kitchen is damaged in any way repair it straight away. Unrepaired damage often leads to further damage and it will provide access points for pests. They will appreciate the shelter your kitchen offers in the winter, you won’t. 

As part of this you should monitor the condition of your cabinets, knowing when to re-stain them or replace them is important. 

4. Winterize

There comes a time when you know you are unlikely to use the outdoor kitchen again until the following year. This is when you need to winterize it, extreme weather will quickly kill your kitchen. 

Winterizing means thoroughly cleaning every element and then wrapping it in waterproof coatings. Ideally, these should be breathable to stop moisture from building up inside your units and destroying them. 

An outdoor kitchen is a great investment and a valuable addition to any home. The good news is that it doesn’t take much effort to care for them and ensure they last for years, allowing you to enjoy the sunshine and your yard. 

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