5 Tips for Designing an Easy-to-Clean Kitchen

 Our Guest Poster Today: Matthew Schwimmer

There are numerous options to consider when constructing a new kitchen or remodeling an old one. While aesthetics and practicality are vital, it is also beneficial to make design decisions that will help reduce the time it takes to clean. In this article, you will find tips for designing an easy-to-clean kitchen that is also enjoyable to use.

Designing A New Easy-to-Clean Kitchen

Are you thinking of buying a new house or getting a custom-built home? It's a great time to start thinking about what you want your kitchen to look like. If you don't spend much time in your kitchen, you can choose a house with a small kitchen that doesn't require much maintenance by itself. On the other hand, if you prefer to cook your own meals, you need to consider much more, unless you want to spend a lot of your time scrubbing after having dinner.

If you're thinking of designing an easy-to-clean kitchen, follow these tips:

Choose The Right Countertop Material

The first step to designing an easy-to-clean kitchen is to choose the countertop material wisely. Opt for nonporous, stain-resistant, and easy-to-clean materials such as Corian, quartz, steel, and sintered stone. When choosing these materials, you don't have to worry about your kitchen looking outdated. Instead, your kitchen will seem very modern and bright. Moreover, countertops made of these solid-surface materials, such as Corian, are the most sanitary. They don't have grooves to trap dirt like some other materials. This is also the reason why they're also frequently used at hospitals and fast-food restaurants.

Buy Easy-to-Clean Appliances

It's normal to be wowed by the performance or appearance of smart new kitchen equipment. However, when purchasing appliances for your new kitchen, you should also think about how you'll keep it clean. That's why you should take extra time to choose an appliance that is simple to clean and doesn't require any special lotions or solutions. Moreover, examine small elements, such as the knobs of your oven, to ensure there are no difficult-to-reach places. Knobs that are too close together, for example, make it impossible to get a cloth between them.

Furthermore, choose appliances with built-in cleaning systems. That way, you won't have to do the messy work yourself! Instead, allow your appliances to clean themselves! Choose ovens with pyrolytic cleaning functions, steam ovens with automatic steam cleaning and drying routines, and automatic coffee machines.

When designing an easy-to-clean kitchen, choose an induction cooktop. It's flat, easy, and safe to clean. Induction cooktops also eliminate the need to clean the grates and other components present in gas cooktops.

Avoid Open Shelves

When attractively arranged, open shelves can be appealing. However, they can be difficult to clean if you have to move dishes, books, and decorative objects only to dust the top. So, instead of open shelves that gather dust and grime, opt for wall cabinets. By choosing cabinets that can close and hide your stuff, you'd be getting a lot more storage space in your kitchen. Moreover, by favoring flat-front cabinets - you can take your cleaning time way down. This is because smooth furniture fronts don't have ridges and grooves where cooking residues can form. Simple flat-door cabinets with a baked-on finish are the simplest to clean. On the other hand, high-gloss painted cabinets show dirt easily, yet they're still easy to clean.

Design A Tight Triangle

A good kitchen triangle - made up of a cooktop, refrigerator, and sink - will help you minimize the distance you have to carry things. Spills are frequently caused by carrying food or liquid through the kitchen. However, an excellent way to compensate for a triangle is by opting for a practical kitchen island.

Furthermore, to limit the spills, place bins in strategic locations. The garbage and recycling bins in your kitchen should be placed beneath the sink to ensure that cleaning is as efficient as possible. The idea is to have as little distance between the sink and the bins as possible, which means fewer spills and messes.

Flowing Floors

Like we said before, the kitchen sees a lot of foot activity as well as spills from cooking and dishwashing. That's why it's a good idea to search for stain- and water-resistant flooring with no grout lines, such as engineered wood or vinyl. If you can't avoid using tiles in the kitchen, choose patterns with large formats. Moreover, the fewer seams and gaps in your floor - the less dirt can collect there. That's why you should pick tiles with narrow grout lines to make them easier to clean. 

Moving Your Kitchen Appliances

Like we said before, it's very important not to damage your kitchen appliances when relocating to a new home. When moving to your new San Antonio home, you can minimize these risks by hiring reputable and experienced movers. Instead of worrying about transferring your furniture yourself or asking friends and family for help, you can relax and enjoy yourself. Professionals can help you make San Antonio your home, so that you can start adapting to your new surroundings as soon as possible.

Common Mistake To Avoid When Designing An Easy-to-Clean Kitchen

The most common mistake people make when designing an easy-to-clean kitchen is storing cleaning supplies too far away from the kitchen. If your supplies aren't nearby, you might be reluctant to go get them so you can use them. For example, you're hardly going to be excited to sweep up after dinner if your broom is in the basement. So, if you're remodeling your kitchen, make sure there's enough storage for cleaning products. The optimum solution is a storage closet or pantry with enough room for a broom and cleaning supplies. In a tiny kitchen, though, a drawer will suffice. Keep a few things on hand if your space is limited. For example, a multi-surface spray, a sponge, and a hand broom with a dustpan are excellent starting points. Soon you'll see that maintenance cleaning becomes much more tempting when supplies are within easy reach.

Matthew Schwimmer, Blogger and Writer


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