With warmer weather on the way, who doesn’t love dining al fresco when the grass is green and the air is perfumed with blossoming everything? Whether it’s a picnic in the park or a barbecue in the backyard, outdoor dining is what spring and summer are all about. But these days the old patio furniture and rolling barbecue grill have fallen out of fashion. Today’s outdoor chefs are consummate entertainers who prefer outdoor kitchens to make the best of good weather and great food with friends.
With all the current options available for outdoor cooking and entertaining, there’s not much from your indoor kitchen that can’t be recreated on the back patio. You can also add on unique touches like wood-fired outdoor pizza ovens or coal-fired rotisseries. But there’s also no need to go overboard if you don’t want to. Outdoor kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, depending on your needs and preferences. Whether you want a simple setup for backyard grilling or a full-service cooking experience, outdoor kitchens of any size will look great with the addition of outdoor granite countertops.
When you stop to think about it, using granite for your outdoor kitchen countertops just makes sense. As a natural stone, granite is right at home outside, since that’s exactly where it comes from. And since granite is one of the most durable materials around, your outdoor granite countertops will be all but impervious to the elements. So if you’re thinking of building the outdoor kitchen of your dreams—whether big or small, fully-stocked, or bare bones—consider outdoor granite countertops to add beauty, durability, and color.
Of course, while the surface of the stone itself is rock solid and practically immune to wear, it’s obvious that rain, wind, and dust can quickly mar the shine of your outdoor granite countertops. So in order to keep them looking their best, you’ll want to pay extra attention to your outdoor granite cleaning regimen. It’s always good to clean your granite countertops regularly, polish them about once a week, and re-seal them every 12 months. That is especially true when you want to keep your outdoor granite countertops looking great all year round. It’s also a good idea to cover your outdoor granite countertops and other fixtures during the winter, as snow, ice, wind, and water can put an unnecessary strain on your outdoor kitchen.
Fortunately, keeping your granite countertops clean, shiny, and in great shape—whether indoor or out—is as easy as 1, 2, 3 when you’ve got the right tools. With the help of Rock Doctor’s full line of granite cleaning and granite care products, outdoor granite cleaning, polishing, and sealing is a snap, and you can use our products on all sorts of surfaces, not just your outdoor granite countertops. Look for Rock Doctor’s full line of stone care products at fine retail stores such as Lowe’s Home Improvement, as well as participating True Value, Ace Hardware, and Do it Best locations.