If you're in the process of remodeling your kitchen and you're aiming for a low-maintenance design, you should start with the cabinets. You might not think about it much, but cabinets can get dirty quite quickly and they can be a real chore to keep clean. If you think about it, virtually every surface in your kitchen can attract grease, grime, dirt and germs. Luckily, with a few simple design choices, your cabinets don't have to be a chore to keep clean. Here are three options that will make your cabinets easier to take care of.
Choose a Simple Front
If you're looking for easy maintenance in your new kitchen, you're going to want to avoid lots of detail in your new cabinet fronts. Curves, trim and detail work provide the perfect hiding places for dirt, grime and grease. For easy cleaning, choose cabinet fronts that have minimal detailing. A smooth surface will allow you to keep your cabinets clean with just a simple wipe-down with a sponge or cloth.
Say Yes to Stain
When it comes to keeping your cabinets clean, the finish you choose will make all the difference. While both paint and stain will make your cabinets look beautiful, wood stain is easier to keep looking new. Painted surfaces are susceptible to chips and dings. When that happens, you'll need to completely resurface the cabinets. However, when you choose to use a wood stain for your cabinets, those same blemishes can be covered with a dab of stain. Wood stain makes touch-ups much less noticeable.
Don't Forget the Hardware
If you're planning on foregoing the hardware on your cabinet fronts, you might want to reconsider. When you don't have hardware – cabinet door knobs and drawer pulls – you'll be forced to touch your cabinets each time you open or close cabinet doors and drawers. That means dirt, grease and grimy hands are going to come in contact with those surfaces on a daily basis. Installing hardware on your cabinets and drawer fronts will help prevent dirty fingerprints on those surfaces, which will make clean-up much easier.
Now that you're planning your new kitchen, be sure to plan for the maintenance too. If you want to make sure your cabinets are easy-maintenance, use the tips that are provided here. Be sure to speak to a contractor, like those at Christophers Bath and Kitchens, about other options that will help make your kitchen easier to keep clean.