Not that any native Hoosier thinks 80-degree weather in March means it won’t snow in April, but it’s definitely time to think about spring cleaning, even if it probably isn’t quite time to take the ice scraper out of the car.
There are many things homeowners can do over the long haul that make spring cleaning much easier in the short haul.
It’s a no-brainer hard-surface floors are much easier to clean than carpeted floors, but a porcelain tile floor is enormously easier to clean and maintain than natural stone. Porcelain is harder and permanently sealed, so basically, it doesn’t stain or scratch, and it takes little effort to make porcelain shine.
Natural stone floors are beautiful, exotic and even mysterious – all wonderful components of home décor. But they are also porous, must be shined frequently and, to keep their luster, should be resealed every year or two. Stains and scratches are going to be permanent unless the affected area is replaced.
Epoxy grout is another low-maintenance material. Standard sanded grout is much more prone to failure and staining, while epoxy is stronger, more durable and more stain-proof. Sanded grout has to be sealed periodically to maintain its stain resistance.
Countertops are another place where the type of material makes a big difference in annual maintenance. Engineered stone is less porous and harder than natural stone, like granite. Countertop options are endless, but in the spirit of spring cleaning, ask your home-improvement professional about maintenance concerns.
In the bathroom, nothing I’ve found makes a glass shower enclosure easier to clean than having ShowerGuard glass installed in the first place. Patented ion beam technology used in its manufacture prevents the pitting, aging and lime and soap buildup common to other glass.
Throughout a home, materials play a major role in maintenance. And spring cleaning is easier when you have components that refuse to get terribly dirty.