Usually, we build and decorate our homes to reflect our personal tastes, and these decisions in decor determine how often we clean. We clean the marble countertop every day, and we dust our open shelf once a week. But, what if the procedure was executed backwards? What if we made it a point to make our homes as simple to clean as possible? Here are the decor decisions to make if you want a low-maintenance home that requires very little time spent cleaning. Design your way to a more efficient cleaning schedule if you want to.
Elevated Furniture Is Easier to Clean
Look for furniture elevated on legs when purchasing sofas, credenzas, side tables, or practically any sort of furniture. Even better — cabinets that are attached to the wall directly. This will make it simple for you to sweep or clean below them. Invest in a robotic vacuum that can handle all the cleaning for you if you want a hands-free cleaning regime.
The Perfect Paint Finish
Avoid matte paint finishes if you have pets or small children who could leave smudged fingerprints and stray crayon stains on the walls. Instead, use the most glossy, smooth paint finish that will look good — typically, semi-gloss for trim and eggshell for walls. Dirt and grime can be removed from these glossy surfaces more easily using a damp cloth.
When searching for a couch that is simple to clean, the upholstery is one of the most important factors to consider. Just remember to wipe up any spills as soon as possible and condition the leather at least once a year. Leather is simple to wipe clean. If you prefer sofas made of fabric rather than leather, look for ones that are treated with stain repellents or microfiber that is resistant to stains. If that’s not possible, you should choose a sofa that has a slipcover so that the cover can be easily washed whenever it needs to be cleaned. If your pet has white fur, going with darker colors may not be the best option because darker colors are better at concealing stains.
Open Shelving Is a No-No
Shelf slots that are tastefully designed can seem rather attractive on Instagram, but in reality, they require a significant amount of additional dusting. Choose cabinets with glass fronts so you can display your prized possessions and keep them clear of dust at the same time. This will reduce your cleaning efforts.