5 Tips to Remodel Your Kitchen for Easy Maintenance

Date: September 30, 2019

5 Tips to Remodel Your Kitchen for Easy Maintenance

Are you ready to commit to hours of kitchen cleaning each month once your remodel is complete? If your answer is no, the following tips will help you select countertops, cabinetry, fixtures and flooring that strike an ideal balance between aesthetic appeal and easy upkeep.

Easy-to-Wipe Backsplashes


Ready to move on from that outdated wallpapered backsplash? You’ve never had so many gorgeous options, but not all are maintenance-friendly. Consider how much cooking you do. If you enjoy frying, sautéing, and simmering sauces, you need a backsplash that can be wiped clean with a rag and cleaning solution. Avoid mosaic tile designs with small tiles and lots of grout. Opt instead for full-sheet materials including stainless steel, quartz, and back pained glass. If you love tiles (and who doesn’t), go for larger tiles with thin grout lines, and sealed epoxy grout for easier cleaning.

Glass Cooktops

These induction technology cooktops are made of heat resistant glass. The completely flat surface couldn’t be easier to wipe clean. Many gourmet cooks prefer gas ranges, but if you can do without, you’ll save hours each month on cleaning.

Low Maintenance Countertops

The less porous a surface is, the easier it is to clean. Even marble, which is naturally porous, can be sealed and made easy to clean. If you love the natural quality, granite is easier to clean because it is less porous. Quartz is an engineered stone that can mimick the natural appearance of marble or granite. It comes in a diverse array of colors and styles, and is non-porous and stain resistant. Corian and Silestone are other engineered materials that have a natural look, but are non-porous and very easy to maintain. Stainless steel may be easy to clean, but it shows fingerprints and grime more than stone looks.

Flat Cabinetry

Ornate molding on cabinetry absorbs more dust and kitchen grime, and cleaning it takes more care than simple, flat lined designs. Choose slab front or shaker style, which blend well in any modern or retro design. The functionality of your cabinet space can do a lot to minimize cleaning; make sure you have plenty of storage. Pull-out storage for pots, pans, and plastic containers can make your life much easier on a daily basis. Appliances built into cabinets also keep your counters clear and minimize cleaning time.

Stain-Resistant Flooring

High grade luxury vinyl flooring (LVP), sealed engineered wood, and non-porous tiles (especially porcelain) offer the easiest maintenance and best stain and water resistance. All are easy to clean with a damp mop or a Swiffer. Many laminate products are not water resistant, which may not be a problem in the open areas, but if a refrigerator or plumbing leak occurs, this can damage your floors unless you spot the problem immediately. Avoid highly textured flooring with grooves, matte finishes, or anything that makes mopping more of a chore.

As your kitchen remodeler, we can help you blend these elements into a cohesive, beautiful design that will stand the test of time – while saving you maintenance and cleaning time!

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