High traffic areas in a home are always easily recognised, as they are bound to show signs of wear and tear fairly quickly.
Judging by its appearance, the area around or behind the trash can seems to be at the very top of this list. It relentlessly gets banged and scratched by the bin lid, eventually becoming an eyesore that is impossible to ignore.
Painting the affected part of the wall every once in a while can be costly (especially if you don’t plan on doing it yourself) and the results will be short-lived. Sooner or later, the wall will get scratched again if nothing is done to prevent the bin from damaging it in the first place.
How to Keep the Trash Can from Scratching the Wall?
There are actually several ways to keep the trash can from scratching the wall. They are all practical, easy to implement, and will provide lasting results.
Place a Non-Slip Mat Underneath the Trash Can
Moving the trash can away from the wall, so that the lid does not touch it when it opens, and placing a non-slip mat underneath is one of the cheapest and easiest solutions you can try.
Typically made of rubber or polypropylene, non-slip mats provide just the amount of friction needed to prevent slipping and sliding. Once placed underneath the trash can, they will ensure the kind of tight grip that is required for the bin to stay in place when it gets stepped on.
The sheer variety of non-slip mats that are available on the market can make one’s head spin, however, it allows you to find not only a model you like, but also one that will perfectly blend in with the design of your kitchen.
The colour and the design of the mat can be matched to the backsplash, the colour of the kitchen cabinets, the floor or the walls. The possibilities are almost endless.
Add a Plexiglass Tile On the Wall
Adding a plexiglass tile to the wall around the trash can can protect the walls efficiently, without making any changes to the style and the design of your kitchen.
The popularity of acrylic glass, also known as plexiglass (though ‘Plexiglas` is actually a registered trademark), has grown considerably in recent years, and not only because it is cost-effective. It also lends a clean and modern look while the upkeep is easy and simple.
It is made of a transparent plastic material (petroleum-based thermoplastic, to be exact) that many mistake for glass, especially from a distance. However, unlike glass, acrylic is lighter and much sturdier. In fact, it has shatter-resistant qualities that make it perfect for walls that are more exposed to the inevitable daily knocks and bumps.
The installation process is easy with the use of double-sided tape. Just make sure that the wall is clean, dry and even,so the tile can be properly attached.
Place a Backsplash On the Wall Behind the Bin
The price of tiles and their installation make this solution costly, or at least more expensive than others. However, the investment will certainly pay off, especially in the long run.
A backsplash is durable and can last more than a decade. It can sustain a considerable amount of wear and tear and still look new for a long time. Maintenance is extremely easy, which is always a bonus, as trash disposal can, on occasion, be messy.
Finally, there is no shortage of colours and designs in the tile department. You can choose the same backsplash that you have placed between the kitchen cupboards, or you can opt for something completely different that can add a special flair to the kitchen.
Place the Bin Inside a Kitchen Cupboard
In many homes, a kitchen cupboard, especially the one under the sink, can serve as a perfect location for the trash can. The solution both protects the walls, keeps the trash can hidden from sight until needed, and creates more space.
Integrated in-cupboard bins are also more practical, as they stay firmly in place inside the cupboard. Most of them can be successfully retrofitted from an existing cupboard too. The installation is neither costly nor time-consuming, and if you are a skilled DIYer, it can be done without ever calling in a professional.
Free-standing bins can also easily fit into both standard and non-standard size cupboards if the lid is removed or if a bin with flap lids is used instead.
Secure the Lid With a Bumper
Taping a bumper to the lid will not prevent the bin from touching the wall, but it will prevent it from getting scratched.
Two items can serve this purpose well: felt-tip bumpers and edge/corner guards (typically used for baby-proofing furniture). Most of them are self-adhesive and can be easily taped to the edge of the lid that hits the wall when opened.
Because of their soft texture, they will not scuff the wall once the lid goes up.
Opt For Modern Motion Sensor Trash Cans
Although motion sensor trash cans do come at a higher price, they may be worth the investment.
Because there is no manual lid lifting and no stepping on a pedal, the bin won’t move closer to the wall while being opened, and in turn, it won’t damage the wall either. The opening (as well as closing) is soft and less abrupt than with conventional trash cans.
The majority of motion sensor trash cans are made with lids that don’t even open in the same way conventional bins do. Instead, their lid opens at a 90-degree angle or the entire front tilts out towards you. In both cases, it is practically impossible for the lid to come into contact with the wall and damage it.
And with their sleek and modern design, these bins will be a welcome addition to any kitchen.
Wrapping It Up
The scratches that a trash can makes are one of those tiny but really, really annoying things that come nagging at you when you least expect them. Hopefully, the advice from this article will make them just a bad memory.