An outdoor kitchen and sitting area has a charm that is hard to beat. Who can resist freshly grilled delicacies in a culinary oasis on a pleasant day? But summer is on its way out; fall evenings are getting cooler; it’s time to close down the outdoor kitchen and clean up the countertop to keep it in good condition for the years ahead.
Cleaning outdoor granite countertops take a little more work than your indoor one. Although an outdoor kitchen is tougher and relatively lower-maintenance than your indoor one, it endures harsh weather conditions and heavy cooking that can leave stronger stains. It is important to make sure the surface is grease-free and remains that way or your outdoor kitchen will soon lose its charm.
Use a Chopping Board
Never chop fruits and vegetables directly on the countertop. Always use a chopping board. Avoid placing hot pots, pans, metal or cast iron cookware on the surface. Use a heat absorbent mat that will keep the countertop clean. Remember that although the surface appears smooth, granite is a natural stone that is porous. This means it stains easily. Wipe stains as soon as you see them. Remove the residue, then clean with soapy water. Kitchen cleaners that are free of harsh chemicals, such as bleach or abrasives, are also suitable. Seal your countertops and cover during the winter months to shield it from ice and snow.
Try to shade the area as much as possible to avoid ruining it. Umbrellas or patio roofing will protect it from direct exposure to the sun, bird droppings, insects and pests. Sun damage can fade the colour and dull the shine. Using a cover makes cleaning that much easier. Use mild dish soap and water to remove grease. A well-protected granite countertop will not crack or break from expansion and contraction in the heat and cold.
Unprotected granite countertops can be ruined by the most unexpected objects such as wet leaves. In the fall season, this becomes more common. As usage declines in the cooler months, the surface collects fallen leaves that often turn moist from early morning dew, fog, rain or condensation. If you leave it like that for extended periods, the countertop can gather a stubborn stain that is hard to remove. Cover it properly when you don’t plan to use it for a while.
Candle Marks and Rust
Be careful to remove candle wax residue from the stone surface. Even though it will gradually disintegrate, it might leave a residue that is absorbed by the natural stone pores. Place the candles on a stand or container to avoid staining your countertop. Metal objects such as garden tools, scissors or knives lying on the granite surface can leave stubborn stains from rust. Avoid placing such items on the countertop for days on end in the first place. If you have done so, first rinse the loose particles of dirt and debris from the surface; use a rust remover to clean the granite or scrub clean with a mixture of baking soda and water using a bristle brush. Avoid using a cleaner with harsh abrasives. Never use dish detergents containing antibacterial ingredients.
Cover your countertops and all outdoor kitchen appliances to protect them from the snow, ice, wind, and water in the harsh winter months. Fortunately, unlike other natural stones like marble, granite stays in good condition for years.
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