Get Your Outdoor Kitchen Ready for Company
As spring gives way to summer, those of us in the Midwest are eagerly waiting for the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the sun. Working in the yard, visiting the park, and taking walks after dinner are all ways to embrace the season. Another thing we look forward to is spending time with family and friends, whether at a sporting event or a backyard barbecue. So, with that in mind, as you prepare your home and yard for summer fun don’t forget to also get your outdoor kitchen ready for company. Let’s go over the details of how to make this process a breeze.
First, remove all traces of fall and winter
Your outdoor kitchen and deck likely were not in use over the late fall and winter seasons. As such, leaves, twigs, dirt, and other debris have significantly accumulated around your patio area. Therefore, we always tell each of our Burlington Fireplace customers that the first step to getting your outdoor kitchen ready for company is to remove these intruders.
Where should you begin? Systematically, of course! Start by cleaning up the big debris. Then, move on to removing the dirt. Be sure to only use mild soap and water to clean surfaces. Finally, spend some time on your appliances. Open their doors and clean them, being mindful of the connections. This brings us to our next point…
Do a safety inspection before using your kitchen
Safety first is more than a catchphrase. It’s a way of living and the second step to preparing your outdoor kitchen ready for company.
Do you have a propane grill? This is the perfect time to inspect the lines for any leaks or other damage. If you discover a problem, replace the damaged piece before moving on. If you have a charcoal grill, inspect it for holes or other issues. Look around for any damaged components on your deck as well and fix these if found. No one wants a guest to trip and injure themselves.
Now, let’s get to cleaning
We’ll start with your grill. Propane grill owners should use a mild soap and water to clean the outside of it. Inside, remove the grates and clean these thoroughly. Charcoal users will need to clean out any leftover ash, placing it in a non-combustible container for removal. Those with griddle, pellet, or egg-style grills should follow the manufacturers cleaning recommendations for their unit.
Wipe them down
At this point, it’s time to move on to the counters and sinks. Again, using mild soap and warm water, clean all surfaces. If you have stainless finishes, use a product specifically designed for stainless to get a streak-free shine. Inspect your counters at this time and reseal them if you find any issues.
Last, look through your utensils
The final step to get your outdoor kitchen ready for company is to take an inventory of your utensils. You should have dedicated cooking tools and dishes for your outdoor kitchen. If they’re worn or missing, replace them before sending out invitations to your next backyard party.
Work with us to get the outdoor kitchen of your dreams
Another way to get your outdoor kitchen ready for company is by working with professionals. Our team is fully equipped to help you create or expand your outdoor kitchen and grill so that it’s ready for summer barbecues and weekend get-togethers. Simply call Burlington Fireplace at 262-763-3522 with any questions or contact us online.