Design Your Kitchen With Cleaning in Mind

The kitchen is usually the busiest room within the house. It is used for various occasions like cooking, eating, drinking and hosting of different social activities. Therefore, the chances of the kitchen getting dirty are high compared to any other room in the house.

The primary sources of dirt in the kitchen include heat from the stovetop that can contribute to the accumulation of stains on the walls and ceiling. Oil spills, food spills, and other types of drinks can also increase the level of dirt in the kitchen.

Cleaning the kitchen is repetitive and never-ending, and it requires the use of different cleaners for different tasks.  And as most of you know, you do it manually in most cases. Kitchen cleaning is also challenging as a result of the fact that there are so many places to clean. Different cupboards and compartments are all capable of trapping dirt.

Some of the areas in the kitchen require manual cleaning since robotic cleaners may not be able to reach them. As a result, someone has to perform this particular task of cleaning the kitchen no matter how demanding it may be.

The good news is, there are specific measures that you can take to avoid the day-to-day demands of cleaning your kitchen. For starters, when you design the kitchen, you should do it with the cleaning task in mind. Certain materials are suitable for kitchen design and are also easier to clean.

1. Counter-Top And Sink Design

The design of the sink can significantly help you to prevent the build-up of dirt in your kitchen. When washing different utensils in the sink, you should know that some dirt particles are trapped on its edges. Greasy particles, for example, form stubborn stains on the sink and these require thorough cleaning.

To avoid the accumulation of dirt where the sink joins with the countertop, it is a good idea to buy a single component. You should try to get a kitchen sink that comes as a single entity with the counter, but this is not always possible with ordered items. The ideal type of counter and sink should be stainless steel or other solid material that is easy to clean.

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You can easily wipe the dirt on the counter since it is solid from end to end. The other material that is easy to clean is polished granite stone. A wet cloth can easily wipe away all the dirt without putting much effort compared to wooden counter. This kind of bar efficiently traps dust and other oily material that is difficult to remove without proper detergents.

The other method you can opt for when designing your kitchen is to use a hard surface countertop like granite or marble. Apart from being easy to clean, the hard surface countertop is also heat resistant. For instance, you can place hot items directly on the stone countertop without leaving burn marks.

Placing hot items on other countertop material like wood can leave burn marks. You cannot remove such burn marks unless you can sand them out or one may need to replace the counter. And replacement of damaged material in your kitchen can be costly. Polished granite can help keep your kitchen attractive while at the same time resistant to damage.

Some devices used for warming food, electric kettle, or other small kitchen appliances permanently stay on the countertop. What you need to know is that the countertop should also be in a strategic position such that spills do not contribute dirt to other sections of the kitchen.

2. Install cabinets With High-Gloss Finish

Kitchen cabinets are the other items that are capable of trapping dirt from constant handling. You need to look for cabinets with smooth doors since they are easy to wipe down. Doors with grooves and other fancy designs can be difficult to clean since they trap a lot of small dirt particles. While attractive, slots on cabinet doors are not easy to clean since they require more time and effort.

Another aspect that you may consider is to put painted cabinets with a high-gloss finish. Identifying dirt on surfaces with high gloss is easy. It is also easy to clean cabinet doors and other surfaces with a high glow finish. The greasy material can be easily washed from the high gloss surface since they are smooth.

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The other issue that you should consider when designing cabinet doors is to look for hardware that is easy to open. You do not necessarily need to leave traces of fingerprints everywhere since these are usually greasy. Such kind of fatty material is the most difficult to clean from different surfaces of the cabinet drawers in your kitchen.

High gloss surfaces are smooth, and you can quickly clean them with just a wet cloth. A bit of some dishwasher can make the cleaning task more manageable. The other advantage of high gloss material for your kitchen cabinet is that it does not readily attract dirt particles. You can also quickly identify any form of dirt as it accumulates on any surface that is shiny.

High kitchen cabinets do not waste a lot of space in your kitchen. When you have enough space, it can also be easier to clean all the places in your kitchen. When the area is cramped with different items, it may be difficult for you to rinse it thoroughly. The movement of a broom or mop may not be possible as a result of limited space.

3. Ensure The Kitchen Has Proper Ventilation

Elements like steam and heat from cooking taking place in the kitchen affect the average room temperature. In other rooms within the same house, the temperature may be refreshing compared to the kitchen. High temperatures can significantly contribute to the accumulation of dirt on different surfaces within the kitchen.

Steam creates humid conditions in the kitchen, and these lead to the formation of molds especially on the walls and ceilings. The cavities leave stubborn stains that may be difficult to clean. The poor quality of air circulating in the kitchen can also result in mold forming on the ceiling.

The ceiling is the most challenging part to clean in the whole house. It is wise to prevent such a scenario from happening where the stubborn stains form on the ceiling. The best method to avoid the formation of such purchase a quality exhaust fan over the stove.  The exhaust fan will absorb moisture from humid conditions circulating in the house.

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To counter the effects of heat towards the formation of dirt particles, you need to make sure that there is enough ventilation in the kitchen. There should be windows that are large enough to allow free circulation of air. It is also vital to ensure that your kitchen has sufficient air conditioning vents to prevent the trapping of stale air and odor in the kitchen.

The level of humidity in the kitchen should be maintained at lower levels to avoid the development of mold. Heat can also be trapped in different compartments which can lead to the weakening of the material. The persistence of humid conditions can lead to the destruction of the cabinets in the long run.

4. Create The Right Working Triangle In Your Kitchen

The distance between your stove, fridge, sink, and countertop is significant since it helps to minimize the chances of spillages. The moment you carry some items from the fridge to the sink, there are likely to be some form of spills on the floors and other areas. To avoid dirt that is caused by spills, you need to ensure that you have the right workspace in the kitchen. Many designers will call this your “Work Triangle.”

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You also need to avoid space that creates more work for you. A kitchen is different from a living room or any other place that should be large enough for maximum comfort. The area in the kitchen should give you free movement while at the same time capable of storing all the items that you require.

The main activities that cause dirt on the kitchen mainly happen on the stove, fridge and the sink. These are the most frequented places hence the need to make sure that they are in a strategic position. Preparation of food in the kitchen does not need to be tiring unless the kitchen space is too big.

5. Ensure Proper plumbing In Your kitchen

Poor plumbing can significantly contribute to the formation of dirt in your kitchen. The most important thing that you should consider is that the sink is in the right place. The water supply pipes should be located outside only to connect with the sink in the right position.

Pipes with hot water can contribute to rising temperature in the kitchen, and this may contribute to the formation of mold. The drainage system should also be in good working condition to avoid unnecessary spills.

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The walls above the sink should also have strong material like ceramic or glass tiles that are easy to clean. Dirt water splashing from the sink can contribute to the formation of dirt on your kitchen walls and floors. Poor drainage system in the kitchen can dampen the surrounding walls which also lead to the formation of dirt particles.

6. Choose The Right Material For Kitchen Walls

The walls in the kitchen are prone to trap a lot of dirt from the kitchen due to heat produced from cooking. The steam that comes from cooking taking place in the kitchen contains some oily particles. Such particles can easily gather on the walls forming form kind of stubborn stains.

To avoid the accumulation of greasy substances from cooking steam, you need to cover the kitchen walls with shiny enamel or glass tiles. The white color is ideal for the kitchen since it clearly shows the areas with the build-up of dirt. Enamel or glass tiles are also easy to clean with just a wet cloth meaning that you will require fewer cleaning supplies.

7. Design Flowing Floors

The kitchen floors should also flow so that they do not trap dirt. There should be fewer seams on the floors since these may contribute to the accumulation of a variety of particles that may be difficult to clean. A rolling edge between the seam and vertical toe-kick can help to eliminate areas that can trap dirt particles.

The seam helps to eliminate the right angle that is difficult to clean, so a smooth curve is created instead. Edge pieces or also called quarter round are custom milled for any floor, but especially useful in your kitchen to prevent dirt from accumulating. The wooden floor is also advantageous in that it is easy to clean since it can be vacuumed.

wooden floor in kitchen

Ceramic tiles on the floors are appropriate for this particular area since they are smooth and easy to clean. When cleaning the floors, you should avoid using hard materials like wire brushes since these remove the grout joining the ceramic tiles. The other issue is that you should try to narrow the grout lines by using large tiles.

You need to keep an eye on the ceramic tiles in your kitchen. The tiles need cleaning with a wet or damp mop, to make sure that they maintain their sparkle. The other advantage is that the ceramic tiles are sturdy so they do not quickly develop cracks that can trap dirt. Just be careful you do not drop a glass on the floor.


The kitchen design has more significant roles than any other room within the house. We use it for activities like cooking, socialization as well as eating. The ongoing challenge is the cleaning and maintaining of the kitchen. The better kitchen designs keep cleaning and storage in mind.  If you do not have enough cabinets, your counters will end up looking all cluttered.  The clutter is a messy and unorganized look to any company coming to your house.

To prevent greasy particles from accumulating in your kitchen and giving you trouble, consider designing the right kitchen in the first place. There are different types of suitable material for cabinets, walls, and floors in the kitchen. These materials like ceramic tiles do not attract dirt, and they are also easy to clean.

Instead of stressing about cleaning the cooking area in your house, you need to consider designing the right kitchen for the long-term. Proper air ventilation is also necessary for your kitchen since it helps to promote the circulation of clean air. Poor quality of air can contribute to an accumulation of dirt in your house.