An easy-to-clean home is the dream. Why do we waste so much time of our lives cleaning up after ourselves?
Do you feel like you’re always cleaning up after kids or pets? Do you feel like you get one job done, and it needs doing again 2 days later? I know the feeling…
Rather than continuing to slave away, it might be worth making a few upgrades to your home’s decor to make cleaning simpler. Here are 5 ways that you can create an easy-to-clean home.
Bye bye carpets
I love a carpet. They’re fluffy and look nice. But they’re also traps for dirt, crumbs, and pet hair. We recently got a cat, and her hair gets everywhere, meaning we’re hoovering twice a week. Spilled liquids are also much harder to clean if not caught early enough. Got kids who enjoy colouring in the floor instead of their colouring book? You probably need hard floors.
If you can’t afford vinyl or hard wood floors, there are some very good laminates out there now. Our laminate flooring looks like hard wood, and is even textured to feel like it.
Step up your storage
An easy-to-clean home means getting rid of mess. Decluttering is the sensible solution if you have too much stuff in your home.
However, if you’re finding it hard to part with clutter, you could simply buy bigger or more numerous storage solutions to keep this stuff out of sight. You don’t have to settle for dull storage solutions.
There are plenty of designer sideboards and bureaus that can add a focal point to the room. You can also consider multi-purpose storage solutions such as ottoman foot stalls, mirrored cabinets and beds with storage space beneath.
Pick the right paints
Have your kids ever stopped crayoning the paper and started to crayon the walls?
If you’re forever scrubbing stains and felt tip marks off walls, it could be worth considering a new coat of easy-to-clean paint. Such paints are low VOC, which contain less chemicals, making them healthier for us and our children.
Marks can easily be wiped off with little elbow grease. The lack of chemicals in low VOC paints also makes this a more ideal solution for households with pets and kids, who may be more inclined to pick off and eat (however accidentally) flecks of paint.
Upgrade your upholstery
There are certain types of material that are easier to clean and generally last a long time, which makes them more suited to sofas and dining chairs. Leather is probably the best option, especially a dark leather.
It’s so much easier to wipe and hoover than other materials. If you’ve got a light-coloured leather, then you can use throws to cover it, which are easy to stick in the wash should any spillage occur.
Vinyl and nylon are other good budget choices for those wanting a sofa or dining room chair fabric that’s easy to clean. You should generally avoid silk, linen and cotton as these materials are all easy to stain and ruin.
Use self-cleaning gadgets
Few of us slave over a scrubbing board any more, having upgraded to washing machines. Similarly, more homeowners are doing away with washing up, and are buying a dishwasher. Cleaning gadgets are only getting more advanced.
The latest trend is thought to be ‘self-cleaning gadgets’. Already, it’s possible to buy a self-cleaning microwave. There are even self-cleaning ovens on the market. Buying some of these gadgets could help to save you a LOT of time.
Have you got any other great easy-to-clean home tips?