Easy Clean Surfaces to Cut Cleaning Time at Home
Choosing surfaces that are shock-resistant, easy to maintain and that can withstand heat and moisture is an investment in time saved on cleaning.
- Marble and raw timber look beautiful, but they require a lot of time and effort to keep them that way. First decide how much maintenance you’re prepared to do in your kitchen before choosing a surface material.
- Dark-coloured, glossy surfaces might make a stunning statement, but they’re also hard to keep clean, which takes up extra time.
- Choose patterned or textured surfaces that reflect fewer spots or streaks.
- Splashbacks on the walls are essential for making cooking spills easy to clean up – traditional tiles have been joined by a variety of non-porous materials such as stainless steel, glass, stone and plastic laminate. Make sure the material used behind your stove is non-flammable. If you’re planning to use tiles, make the gap between the benchtops and overhead cupboards a multiple of the tile width to save time cutting tiles to fit.
- There are two certainties about your benchtop: the first is you can never have too much of it, and the second is it’s going to get a lot of wear and tear. Plan to have as much benchtop space as you can, particularly next to the fridge, stove and sink, and choose from natural or engineered stone, sealed timber, stainless steel, glass or laminates. Tiles aren’t a great choice on benchtops as they tend to collect food and debris.
- There are various types of suitable flooring for kitchens, including tiles, slate, timber, cork and vinyl. Tiles should be non-slip and all floor surfaces should be sealed to cope with the inevitable spills. Softer surfaces such as sealed cork and vinyl are kinder on legs and feet.