A: You could take it outside. My advice though, is not to leave it out there permanently. This ashtray has a high-gloss finish which means it's easy to clean. I would take it outside when you need to, and just rinse/brush it off before you come back in. Or, if you don't want to deal with the hassle, you can leave it outside as long as it's protected from the elements (I leave my ashtrays in the cabinet under my grill, from spring to fall).