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There’s a lot to consider when embarking on a kitchen redesign. Your main priority may be looks. Or perhaps your focus is a practical space which is easy to cook in. These are necessary considerations. Well-designed kitchens become the style center of the home. And, the easier it is to cook in, the better.
Many of us forget what is arguably the most important factor – how easy will your new kitchen be to clean? This is, after all, where you prepare food for the whole family. Hygiene is more important here than anywhere. It’s where you’ll spend the most time with cloth and disinfectant. And, you can reduce that time drastically by giving this proper consideration.
But, what aspects of kitchen design can help with hygiene?
First, think about the material you choose for your kitchen sides. Exposed wooden surfaces are all the rage, but the grains and natural dips make these a breeding ground for bacteria. Even varnished wood falls foul to this risk when damaged. Instead, consider polished surfaces which are easier to clean. Something like the quartz countertops from World Stone would suit this purpose, and look good at the same time. Or, you could opt for classic granite counters. Even a covered plastic option would work well if you wanted to stick to a lower budget. Either way, a simple wipe down with a wet cloth would be all it took to get these babies clean. Your days of scrubbing would be behind you.
Flat on the floor
It’s also worth considering which flooring you settle for. Keeping the kitchen floor clean is always essential, especially after food preparation. As well as being hygienic, this will ensure you don’t fall foul to any nasty critters of infestations. Food on the floor should always be a no-go!
The trouble is, some floors are easier to clean than others. Wooden flooring with significant gaps in it can lead to food falling between the floorboards. When that happens, you’ll have to no way to get at it. Plus, washing an option like this on a regular basis can be tricky. Equally, tiled flooring can be a challenge if the stones are uneven. Instead, opt for an even floor which allows you to brush up without difficulty. Laminate wood is useful for this purpose, as are smooth and even tiled options. And, avoid rugs which can catch food and dirt.
Don’t forget the dishwasher
Though big sinks are big business at the moment, washing the dishes is still one of those chores no one wants to do. As well as being a pain in the backside, unwashed dishes are a sure way to trouble. Plus, they make the whole room look a mess! Instead, it’s worth considering a dishwasher in your revamp. By opting for a built-in choice, you can ensure this doesn’t ruin the appearance of your kitchen. And, you can be sure that dirty dishes collecting bacteria will be a thing of your past!