5 Backsplash Maintenance Tips

an aqua marine backsplash in a clean kitchen

Having a backsplash is a great way to save your walls from stains and soils, but the backsplash itself also has to have proper maintenance. Each kind requires a different type of maintenance, depending on the material it's made of. The tips in this article will help you keep yours looking like new.

1. Maintaining a Tile Backsplash

In a bucket, mix one-part white vinegar and one part hot water. Using a soft cloth, wipe the tile down with this mixture. Try to get in between tiles to the grout as much as possible. If there are tough stains that are left behind, make a paste with baking soda and water. Use a small brush to scrub the stains. It is completely safe to use the small brush to get inside any indentations in the tile or to scrub in between the tiles on the grout. Rinse the tile completely with clean water and a soft cloth. Use a clean microfiber cloth to dry the tile to avoid water spots.

2. Maintaining a Steel Backsplash

Begin by washing with a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water. This will remove excess grease and dirt. Make sure to rinse well with water. Next, take a stainless steel polish and apply it in a circular motion with a soft cloth. You can find a good polish at your local hardware store. Never use glass cleaner on your stainless steel, as this will cause streaking.

3. Maintaining a Marble Backsplash

It is important to use the right cleaner on your marble so the stone doesn't become discolored. First, wipe the backsplash with a damp cloth, then dry immediately to avoid water spots. Using three drops of liquid dish soap and four cups of water, wipe down the marble again and scrub any stains. Make sure to rinse and dry thoroughly.

4. Maintaining a Stone Backsplash

Wipe down the stone with a soft, damp cloth. Using a mixture of 4 cups of water with 5 drops of liquid dish soap, wipe down the stone liberally. Make sure to scrub any stains and soils. Rinse the stone with warm water and polish with a dry, clean cloth. This will restore the shine and luster to your stone backsplash.

5. Maintaining a Glass Backsplash

Using a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water, wipe down the glass with a soft cloth and rinse well. You can use a clean cloth and glass cleaner to shine the backsplash. For tough soils, you can use a small brush to spot treat any areas with stubborn, set-in stains.

It is important to clean your backsplash regularly to avoid mold and mildew build-up. Also, consider using a grout sealer to enhance the life of the grout. Take a small brush and clean crevices with an appropriate solution on a regular basis.