backsplash maintenance guide November 30, 2019 1:50 pm Published by

Don’t let the beauty of your backsplash backslide by following these helpful hints for homeowners in Kansas City

As Kansas City’s biggest and best kitchen remodeler, we have done some amazing designs with backsplashes. Once a practical and straightforward way to protect walls, backsplashes today have become an integral design element in numerous kitchen and bath remodels. 

The styles and designs to choose from are amazing! (Contact us and schedule a free in-home design consultation and see for yourself!)

However, much like any other part of your home, your backsplash needs daily attention and occasional upkeep to keep it looking its absolute best. Here are a few solid tips to keep your backsplash looking great. 

#1 – Keep Your Backsplash Clean

This might seem obvious but following through on daily maintenance can be just as important as long-term upkeep.

If spills and messes do occur, it’s essential that you wipe the backsplash as soon as possible. Hard water build-up can damage tiles. Food particles can attract mold and cause stains. Granite and marble can be porous and susceptible to acidic foods and liquids.  

That’s why cleaning up spills immediately – as they happen – allows you spot problems and address them before they end up causing more damage. 

A good rule of thumb is to clean your backsplashes whenever you wipe down your kitchen counters. It’s a great way to keep all your kitchen surfaces looking brand new for years to come. 

#2 – Be Sure To Use The Right Cleaner

If you aren’t careful, cleaning your backsplash incorrectly can damage it permanently. That’s why proper cleaning depends on the type of backsplash you have. 

  • Tile backsplash should be cleaned with vinegar and hot water.  
  • Marble tile can be cleaned with liquid dish soap and water.
  • Hardwood backsplashes are among the easiest to clean because of their seamless design. Most hardwood backsplash messes simply require wiping them soap and water. 
  • Stone backsplashes can be wiped with soap and water or may need to be scrubbed depending on the texture of the stone. 
  • Glass and ceramic tiles are the easiest to clean and can be cleaned with soap and water. 

Let the professionals help you choose a backsplash that’s right for your home remodeling project.   Schedule your free in-home professional design consultation today. 

#4 – Sealing And Staining

If you own a hardwood backsplash, it’s important to seal and stain the backsplash after any thorough cleaning. Water can stain so it’s important to use a sealant like food-grade mineral oil to seal and protect the backsplash and keep it looking it’s best. 

Stone backsplashes should be cleaned with soap and water and sealed with granite sealer. A strong seal will protect your stone panels from water, grease, and food residue. Moreover, it will also make it easier for you to clean in the future. 

Tile and glass backsplashes can usually be cleaned with simple soap and water. 

#5 – What About Grout?

If you have grouted tiles the grout often ends up looking dirty more often than expected. Grout lines can be cleaned with a stone-safe grout cleaner and a soft-bristled scrub brush. 

We Know Backsplashes Backwards & Forwards

Contact us today to get your free in-home professional design consultation and quote. As Kansas City’s biggest and most experienced kitchen and bathroom remodeler, we can install the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams with guaranteed results. You’ll love the way we do things. We call it the Jericho way. Contact us today.

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