Installing kitchen tile backsplashes is a favorite among homeowners everywhere because it can make your kitchen look great. However, in order for your backsplash to truly look its best, it has to be kept clean.
Since backsplashes are typically located near the stove and other areas of your kitchen that can become greasy and grimy, it can be tough to keep them clean. However, following a few tips can help you keep your backsplash sanitary, clean and beautiful. Then, you don't have to worry about your kitchen being grimy and dirty, and you can enjoy the beautiful look of your backsplash at the same time.
Have the Right Type of Tile Installed
Not all tile is meant to be used for a kitchen backsplash. You might be tempted to install floor tile in your kitchen, for example, if you find it for a good price and want to save money.
However, you will cause yourself a lot of stress and aggravation in the long run if you don't install the right type of tile. The best type of tile for a kitchen backsplash is very smooth, which makes it much easier to clean. Therefore, you should ensure that you choose a type of tile that is designed for this use.
Have it Professionally Installed
You shouldn't try to install your own kitchen backsplash if you don't know what you are doing. Tile that is not installed as it should be can leave gaps and imperfections that can be easy to clean. This can make it easy for pieces of food debris or for grease to get behind and around your tiles. If a professional installs your backsplash, however, this isn't something that you should have to worry about.
Have it Sealed
You should definitely ask your kitchen backsplash installer to apply a sealant on top of your backsplash. This sealant will help keep your grout lines clean and will make it that much easier for you to wipe down your backsplash when it gets greasy and dirty.
Use the Right Type of Cleaner
To make the job easier and more effective, make sure that you use a degreaser when you clean your kitchen backsplash. Bleach isn't a good option because it can eat away at your grout, and many cleaning solutions will not cut through kitchen grease properly. A good degreaser that is properly diluted according to the package directions is a great choice for kitchen backsplashes, however.
If you don't want to use a degreaser or don't have one on hand, another good option is to wash your tiles with a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid. Dishwashing liquid is designed to cut through grease on dishes and can do the same thing on your backsplash. Just make sure that you rinse and dry it properly to avoid soap build-up.
Keep Up With It
One of the best ways to keep your kitchen backsplash looking nice and to make cleaning easier is to keep up with it. It can be easy to neglect this chore if you aren't in the habit of it, but if you wipe down your backsplash each time that grease gets splashed on it or each time that you wipe your counters down, you can get rid of the grease before it becomes too built-up.
Keeping your kitchen backsplash clean is obviously important if you want to keep your kitchen nice and tidy and if you want to enjoy your kitchen tile backsplash as much as possible. If you are interested in home remodeling so that you can have a backsplash or other upgrades installed in your home, contact us today so that we can talk about your project.