Tips for Designing an Easy-To-Clean Kitchen

Tips for Designing an Easy-To-Clean Kitchen
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    For many of us, keeping the house clean is a constant struggle.

    This is especially true in spaces that get messy because of their uses.

    And there's no area more prone to messes than the kitchen.

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While “cleaning hacks” flood the internet to help make upkeep easier, you can help mitigate kitchen messes before even starting cooking. The trick is to build a kitchen that’s naturally simple to maintain. Our tips for designing an easy-to-clean kitchen will help.

Focus on Smooth Surfaces

There are countless sources of mess in a kitchen, from crumbs to oil. While we can try to wipe surfaces down, getting rid of the grime becomes tricky when your kitchen is full of crevices or nooks where dirt and debris can get stuck.

An easy way to avoid this is to focus on a design that doesn’t have these kinds of crevices.

Here are a few ways to do this:

  • Choose a backsplash that doesn’t have grout.
  • Design cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling.
  • Opt for smooth-faced cabinets instead of open shelving.
  • Look for an under-mount sink.

Keeping your kitchen well-organized will also help with this. The fewer items you have cluttering your countertops, the easier it will be to wipe them down. So be sure to emphasize storage space.

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Look for Easy-To-Clean Appliances

We tend to focus on how well appliances can fry, puree, bake, or store our food. But another aspect to keep in mind when appliance shopping is how easy they are to clean. Appliances with smooth, easy-to-clean surfaces fall under this category. Examples include electric stoves and stainless steel refrigerators.

But some appliances also have “self-cleaning” functionality. For instance, self-cleaning ovens will reach high temperatures to burn away leftover food residue.

Be Choosy About Paint

If you have ever gone shopping for paint, you know it comes in various glosses, with matte and eggshell being the lowest sheen and high-gloss paint being the highest. But a shiny or matte appearance isn’t the only thing that differentiates them.

The higher the paint gloss, the more durable the paint. And durable paint is much easier to wipe down. This makes these paints ideal for kitchens.

Just remember that high-gloss paints can be trickier to use than other varieties. Make sure you brush up on how to use high-gloss paint before you pick up a brush.

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Pick a Strategic Spot for Trash

Picking where to put the garbage can be an arbitrary decision. Therefore, it may seem strange to cite it as a design tip for an easy-to-clean kitchen. But think about all the times you use your trashcan when you clean the kitchen, whether you’re tossing wrappers or sliding crumbs off the counter.

When determining your kitchen layout, place the can in a position that you can easily access. Having a pull-out trashcan under the counter will ensure the trash is nearby without being an eyesore. 

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