Have you chosen natural stone for your kitchen floors and countertops? Have you considered using it for your backsplash as well? Many homeowners choose to do so to protect the walls in their kitchen, but backsplashes are also used for aesthetic purposes. When you choose a stone for any surface in your home it’s important to review and take into consideration the extent of cleaning and maintenance needed to maintain the appearance. Your backsplash is exposed to the same elements as the floors and countertops and needs to be cared for as well. Overlooking this care can lead to damage. While your backsplash is less likely to be exposed to spills, it will accumulate grease, food residue and dust particles.
Maintenance Recommendations for Your Natural Stone Backsplash
1. Pick the right natural stone finish. Homeowners will almost always match their floors and counters with the same stone on the backsplash. It’s important to think about the finish of the natural stone you choose. If you choose a surface that is rough or textured, you will find yourself doing more scrubbing than simply wiping when your clean.
2. Include the backsplash whenever you clean. Again, the backsplash can be easy to overlook, but make sure you clean it every time your clean your counters. Get into the habit of doing this and it will never become neglected. Start at the top of your backsplash and work down to the counters to ensure all your stone surfaces remain well cared for.
3. Maintain a fresh seal on the natural stone. Your stone backsplash needs to be sealed as often as the countertops. This is more important if you have grout lines that separate the tiles. The right sealant will protect the tile and grout from water, grease, and food residue. On top of the protection, a strong sealant also makes cleaning much easier.
4. Do not neglect the grout when cleaning stone backsplash. Almost all natural stone backsplashes are installed with grout. Grout can look dirty if it’s not taken care of properly. Clean grout lines with a grout cleaner that is safe to use on stone and a soft-bristled brush. If you have stone that is on the darker side, you can consider a staining treatment for the grout, so you won’t find yourself using that scrub brush so much.
5. Clean greasy residue from natural stone. Most backsplashes are installed behind a stove. This will require scrubbing to remove grease. If grease buildup becomes stubborn to remove you may need to use a soft scouring pad to clean it away. Once you have a clean surface again, reapply sealant and wipe grease away regularly.
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