As the summer starts to appear you’ll find yourself sitting outside more often, enjoying the sunshine. This often leads to the outdoor kitchen being fired up. It’s great as it reduces the heat being pumped into the house, allows you to cook while entertaining, and even increases the value of your property.
But, if you have an outdoor kitchen you need to take steps to look after it. If not, the elements and pests will quickly cause damage, leaving you with a kitchen that needs replacing.
The good news is that it’s easier than you think to keep your outdoor kitchen looking its best.
1. Fit An Awning
The first step is to fit an awning. This provides you with shade when using the outdoor kitchen. It can even offer protection against the rain. In addition, high-quality awnings will protect your kitchen and other outdoor furniture from the damage that the sun’s UV rays can cause.
It’s a practical investment and a great way to boost the value of your home.
2. Clean It
After you use your outdoor kitchen you should always clean it. That means wiping down all the sides and washing all the dishes and pans that have been used. If you don’t the pans will quickly become stained and ruined. But, you’ll also be creating a magnet for pests.
They will come for the crumbs and stay in your outside kitchen, damaging the structure in the process.
Alongside this, make sure that all food being kept in your outdoor kitchen is stored in sealed containers. This will make it less attractive to pests and harder for them to access it.
3. Repair Any Issues
If there is any damage to your outside kitchen make sure you repair it as quickly as possible. This is especially true if the kitchen is made of wood as damage can allow wet rot to set in and this will quickly spread, weakening the kitchen.
Plastic outside kitchens generally do better but you still need to keep an eye on them for damage and fix it as quickly as possible.
4. Inspect It Regularly
Keeping it clean regularly will help to keep your outside kitchen in perfect shape. But, that doesn’t mean thongs can’t go wrong with it. That’s why you need to inspect it regularly to ensure there are no unwanted visitors or other issues.
The earlier you detect any problems the easier it will be to deal with them and save your outdoor kitchen.
It should be noted that while an awning helps to protect your outdoor kitchen, covers over the units are seldom a good idea. These are better used when you close down the outdoor kitchen for winter. The covers need to be a snug fit or you are simply creating spaces for pests to stay in.
But, even if your outdoor kitchen has been winterized, you should still periodically visually inspect it. This will help to ensure it’s ready to use whenever you want to cook outdoors.