Most people want their spaces to be clean and sanitary, but this has come even more to the forefront in the past few years. With this increasing concern, more materials and products have become available to make keeping your kitchen space sanitary easier. So, what are the options, and how do you choose them?
The following suggestions are common materials and design selections that help make your kitchen easier to clean.
Design a well-planned work triangle to reduce spills, making cooking and clean-up easier.
Undermount sinks provide a seamless style with the lip of the sink just below the surface of the countertop, thus removing one more crevice for dirt and crumbs to get trapped in.
Pull-out pantries are more accessible and easier to keep organized. It can be difficult to keep an eye on what products may be expiring soon when they’re stuffed at the back of a traditional pantry shelf.
Installing a trash and recycling can slider under the sink minimizes the opportunities for drips and spills and keeps unsightly garbage out of plain view.
Smooth flooring vs. textured materials can make cleaning easier. Textured flooring, like tile with a ton of grout lines can capture contamination and be harder to clean thoroughly. Smoother materials like hardwood flooring or linoleum are easier to clean and some even have natural antimicrobial materials.
Use drawer and shelf liners to make cleanup a breeze. You can pull a drawer liner out and take it to the sink to clean rather than trying to conform to whatever size the drawer is. And when a particularly challenging mess occurs, drawer and shelf liners are easy to remove, dispose of, and replace.
If minimal maintenance is the goal, avoid open shelving - it collects dust and germs more easily than traditional cabinetry.
Choose a strong exhaust hood that’s powerful enough to remove dust, grime, and cooking fumes from your kitchen space for both cleanliness and safety concerns.
When it comes to maintaining a tidy appearance, consider opting for matte finishes on hardware to reduce the appearance of fingerprints.
While there seem to be endless options in kitchen technology these days, a few items, in particular, can help keep things cleaner and more sanitary.
When it comes to countertop materials and backsplash options, some choices will be easier to keep clean than others.
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While picking materials that are easy to keep tidy is a good start, you also want to keep in mind the durability of these materials to withstand frequent cleaning without degrading too quickly.
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A kitchen is only as clean as you keep it. Choose your materials, fixtures, and overall design based on how much work you’re willing to put in to maintain the space. A thoughtfully-designed kitchen not only creates a desirable space to cook in but also aids in keeping the kitchen clean and safe.
When you’re ready to take the first step toward a kitchen remodel centered around function, style, and cleanliness, download our eBook, “The Kitchen Renovation Handbook: 10 Steps to Design the Kitchen of your Dreams.”
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