Together with the bathroom, the kitchen can be one of the most difficult areas of the home to keep clean. It can also be one of the most important areas to clean. Kitchen scraps combined with moisture can be an incredibly unsanitary combination. Add to that the need for hygienic food preparation areas, and it’s clear why kitchen cleanliness is so important.
If you’re planning a kitchen makeover or renovation, it’s worth taking some time to factor in functionality to your kitchen design to ensure your new kitchen is easy to clean.
- The Working Triangle
One of the first things you should consider is the working triangle.
If you think about it, there are three main areas of your kitchen. There’s the stove, the sink and the fridge. When setting up your kitchen, make sure that these three things are in close proximity to each other. This will reduce the distance you have to travel and subsequently reduce the amount of spillages and mishaps that occurs.
This also means your ingredients and tools won’t be spread out in different parts of your kitchen. Not only will this make the cooking experience easier, it will also make the clean-up process faster.
When you’re designing the kitchen floor, make sure you minimise the number of gaps between the tiles. If you use small tiles, dirt and grime can easily build up in between. This will leave you with a lot of dark, grimy grout lines. Unfortunately, you can’t just clean this up with a damp mop. You’ll likely have to hire grout cleaning specialists to clean it for you.
Using bigger tiles means fewer gaps and thus reduces the appearance of dark grout lines. Alternatively you can also consider other forms of flooring like hybrid vinyl or timber. Keep in mind that some of these alternatives involve a bit more maintenance than tile flooring.
When you cook, your walls become vulnerable to splashes and heat. To protect your walls, it’s worth investing in a good quality splashback that’s easy to clean.
To give you some ideas, splashbacks can be made of thin slabs of stone, exposed brick, acrylic or metro tiles. Once again, if you’re using tiles, make sure the gaps in your splashback are minimised so as to avoid dirty grout lines.
If you want to fully eliminate the possibility of dark grout lines, you can also install a splashback made of glass or stainless steel. These are stylish yet practical options that will give your home a modern look and it can be easily cleaned just by wiping it down with a cloth. No gaps to worry about.
- Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
When it comes to cabinets and drawers, make sure that they have a smooth finish. That way, there will be no place for the dirt and grime to build up. With a high-gloss finish, you can simply take a cleaning cloth and wipe the cabinets down.
It is recommended that you thoroughly wipe down cabinet knobs and handles twice a week. Regular cleaning will prevent stains from hardening. This is important as once a stain hardens it will become extremely difficult to remove. In some cases, you might not be able to remove the stain completely.
Additionally, placing inserts inside your drawers can save you a lot of cleaning. Over time, crumbs and dirt will begin to collect in your drawers. With inserts, you can simply replace them as soon as you notice the build-up.
- Kitchen Sink
When you’re cooking, the kitchen sink is bound to get filthy. There’s no way of getting around that. But there are ways to prevent it from getting too out of hand.
If you install an undermount sink, you can easily take a cloth and swipe all the mess you’ve made straight into the sink. Once they’re in there, make sure you dispose of it as soon as possible. Letting food scraps sit will allow it to harden, thus, making it harder to clean.
Using a drain cover for your garbage disposal is also a good idea. It will prevent food or moisture from spewing back out into your sink.
Well, we’ve done our part. Now it’s up to you to apply these ideas to your cooking space. With just a little bit of an adjustment you will be able to create a kitchen area that is easy to clean.