Want to make cleaning your home less of a chore? Whilst upgrading your cleaning tools could have an impact, you could consider taking things one step further by making several home improvements that make your home easier to clean. This could be particularly useful if you’re entering a messy stage in your life (such as having kids or owning pets). Here are just a few home improvements to consider to help make cleaning easier.
Opt for wood or stone floors
Carpets may be the best type of flooring for keeping your feet warm and cozy, but they’re undoubtedly the hardest choice of flooring to clean. Whilst you can get away with simply sweeping and mopping other floors, carpets require thorough vacuuming to get the dirt out. Many carpets are also much easier to stain – whilst other flooring choices can survive red wine spillages, carpets are almost always ruined.
Not all wooden and stone floors are easy to clean – if these surfaces aren’t sealed you could find that you’re picking up stains easily. It’s possible to buy wood or stone that has been pre-treated, however, if you’re working with an old wooden or stone floor you may want to look into sealing yourself. Wooden floors are often laminated to keep them sealed and easy to clean, whilst stone floors are polished for a similar purpose.
Use easy-scrub wall paint
If you’ve had enough of scrubbing scuff marks and pen scribbles off the walls of your home, you could consider upgrading the paint on your walls to something mores scrub-friendly. There are high-gloss paints out there that pride themselves of being easy to clean – these are often the types of paints used in nurseries and schools. Try using a few coats of these paints and you could find that you don’t have to use as much elbow grease during cleaning.
Upgrade your appliances
Old and cheap appliances are often harder to clean due to being made of inferior materials. If you want to make your oven or fridge easier to clean, consider opting for some professional kitchen appliances. Whilst more expensive to buy, these premium appliances could be more economical on your bills and more efficient at their intended use as well as being easier to clean, making them a good investment.
There are even some self-cleaning appliances on the market. Self-cleaning ovens are just one example of this, helping to bring an end to an arduous tour of cleaning an oven.
Put furniture on legs
Having to move furniture around as you clean can be an inconvenience. Make it easier to clean under sofas and wardrobes by putting these types of furniture on legs. With enough space underneath you may more easily be able to push your broom or mop underneath without having to move the piece of furniture.
Put throws on your sofas
For preserving your upholstery and making cleaning easier, consider placing throws on all your sofas. This could stop your sofas and armchairs getting as dirty – any marks or spillages will be on the sofa throw, which can be easily put in a washing machine to clean it.
Make use of extractor fans and dehumidifiers
Poor indoor air quality could also be causing your home to get dirtier. If there’s too much dust in the air, you could find that you’re constantly dusting. If there’s too much water in the air meanwhile, you could find that you’re constantly getting rid of mold and mildew.
Extractor fans are great ways of flushing the dusty and humid air out of your home. These are most commonly placed in bathrooms where there is the most humidity and where dust can be the most visible.
An alternative option for improving air quality could be to buy a dehumidifier. These gadgets take moisture and turn it into dry air. This could help to prevent mold outbreaks (although when it comes to serious issues of damp, you may want to consider tackling the source first which could be anything from rising damp to a leaking pipe.
Add more storage
You can also make your home easier to clean by adding more storage space to your home. By having less clutter out on display, you have less to clean around.
There are a lot of different ways to add more storage space to your home. Ideally, you don’t want to be dumping all your clutter somewhere but organizing it instead. You could go so far as to build a garage or you could simply add a few hooks to a wall in your kitchen for pots and pans.