But if you want the lowest possible maintenance in a kitchen floor, porcelain tile takes the cake.
It doesn’t absorb much moisture. It’s hard to scratch. Even better, porcelain is perhaps the easiest floor to clean (water and a mop is all it takes).
Porcelain can also last for more than 30 years, so you won’t be paying to replace your floors every decade.
If you’re worried about sacrificing style, don’t be. Porcelain can mimic travertine, hardwood, and marble. So, yes, you can have the best of both worlds.
What separates quartz from a stone like granite is the fact that it’s a manmade product. This normally makes it twice as strong as granite. It also isn’t porous.
That means less scratches, less chips, and no sealing. If you’re not licking your chops, you should be.
One thing to keep in mind: hot pans can damage quartz countertops because they’re sensitive to heat (this is why most styles aren’t recommended for outdoor installations).
Oh, and always use a cutting board when you’re chopping vegetables. Blades can leave marks.
How about a drop-in sink, you ask? Well, that’s not exactly low maintenance either. Drop-in sinks can get messy. The sink’s lip can be a magnet for water and crumbs.
Undermount sinks do a better job of keeping water and crumbs inside the sink bowl. When sealed correctly with Liquid Nails or an epoxy, the upkeep with undermount sinks is a breeze.
Ceramic, porcelain and travertine will all have prominent grout lines that can attract dirt. Travertine can only handle mild detergents.
Avoid marble. It’s a softer stone that can scratch and stain easily. You also have to be selective about the cleaning product you use to clean it.
If you’re set on travertine, don’t fret. Natural stone can be easy to clean too. What gives glass the edge is that you don’t have to seal it.
Since your kitchen cabinets are a large part of your kitchen, smart cabinet design can go a long way to your shorten your to-do list.
Follow these suggestions for an easy-to-clean cabinet design:
- Choose Shaker-style or slab door fronts. They’re easier to clean than raised panel styles.
- Lose the crown, corbels, and decorative legs. They’re yet another surface to wipe down.
- Avoid glass door fronts. Are they easy to clean? Yes, but they show dust and fingerprints more easily than a wood front. Mullion-style door frames are dust collectors.
- Minimal open shelving. You have to dust the shelves regularly, as well as ensure your displays are kept organized.