Finishes for an Easy-to-Clean Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. If designed correctly, the layout should be conducive to serving as the main space for socializing and hosting while enjoying a bite to eat.

Ironically, it also has potential to be one of the messiest spaces in your home. In the whirlwind of preparing food for your family and guests, the necessity to clean will likely ebb and flow. In preparation for this messy flow of food, it is important to plan ahead!

If you are considering remodeling your kitchen or are in the throes of designing a brand-new kitchen for your custom home, we suggest you take a few things into consideration. Set yourself up for success with these low-maintenance finishes:

Flooring: Whether you live in a humid environment or just want to prepare for the inevitable “wet zone” that the kitchen can become, consider using ceramic or porcelain tiles or a vinyl finish for your flooring. These materials are scratch resistant and do not absorb a lot of moisture.

Cabinets: Think smooth and easy to clean when it comes to cabinets. Flat-panel doors allow for less dust to settle into grooves and an overall quick cleanup process when the residue from cooking builds up.

Countertops: Countertops made from quartz are engineered for ware and tear. Quartz is highly resistant to stains and is available in many different shades. It has strength and durability that will last.

Finishes: Whether it be paint or stain, the final coat that you select can be a game changer. Satin paints function well on cabinets as they are durable and do not absorb as much moisture. If paint is not the look you are going for, use a well-sealed stain that can endure scrubbing and cleaning over time.

Appliances: Love it or hate it. Stainless steel is commonly used on appliances as it is highly durable and fairly easy to clean.

Adding these finishes to your kitchen will help expedite your daily cleanings and make the messy but delicious meals shared with friends and family worth it.