A backsplash refers to the material used to cover the area of wall between a kitchen counter top and the upper cabinets. This detail of a kitchen is an opportunity for homeowners to express themselves through a variety of textures, colors and materials. But it goes beyond aesthetic and design choices. Backsplashes are all about protecting the walls from the marinara sauce that can potentially splash onto it during cooking time. Natural stone is highly prone to permanent staining, especially with something as dense as marinara sauce. They can easily still accumulate grease, food residue, and dust particles, which is why it’s so important to maintain them. Here are some backsplash cleaning tips.
It’s all about the finish. Most homeowners will match their floors and counters with the same stone as the backsplash, mostly for balanced interior design reasons. The finish should be given some extra thought. If using a textured surface for the finish, you might find yourself requiring more rigorous scrubbing instead of the casual wipe. A smooth and polished finish will be way easier to clean.
More often than not, we forget about the vertical stone panels or tiles in the kitchen. Make it a point to clean them during the same cleaning session as your counters. The hardest part is getting into the habit of cleaning them right after cooking. The last thing people want to do after preparing a delicious meal is clean the damage, but it will help you in the long run.
Backsplashes should be given as much love as countertops and this goes for sealing love as well. If the tiles are separated by grout lines, they will need a strong seal to protect them from water, grease and food residue.
Grout is important because they tend to accumulate the majority of the filth. Grout lines are best washed with a stone-safe grout cleaner and a soft-bristled scrub brush. For those with dark stone tiles, consider a staining treatment for the grouting in order to avoid scrubbing once a week.
Follow these tips and your backsplashes will be free from any splash and shine as bright as your matching countertops.