Your kitchen backsplash is a major feature in the room, regardless of the condition. Whether you love it or hate it, a neglected backsplash can make your kitchen look dirty and out-of-date. So I have a new item to add to your kitchen cleaning list, making your tile backsplash sparkle.
If you can’t afford a backsplash replacement right now, you’d be surprised at what a difference a good scrub can do for your kitchen backsplash. From cleaning grout to getting grease marks off the tile, here’s how to clean a kitchen backsplash.
Easy To Clean Backsplash For Kitchen
With all the cooking that goes on in the kitchen, it’s no wonder a backsplash can get dirty so easily. Grease is one of the top blemishes you’ll see on your backsplash. And let’s not forget about food preparation. Juices from fruits and vegetables can unexpectedly splatter onto your beautiful backsplash. Giving your kitchen backsplash a deep clean could be exactly what you need to get things looking great again.
If you have a ceramic, marble or glass tile backsplash, you’re in luck. These tend to be some of the easy-to-clean kitchen backsplash materials. For the purposes of this article, I’ll be explaining how to clean tile backsplash made out of those materials.
- Dish Soap
- Small Bucket
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Spray Bottle
Step 1: Get Rid Of Grease Stains
The first step in getting your tile backsplash looking great again is to start with the tough stains. You’ll find that during this process, baking soda will be your best friend. If you have specific areas on your backsplash where grease has really stuck on, getting rid of it will require extra attention. These can likely be found around your stove or sink area. Start by making a paste of baking soda and water. I like to use two tablespoons of baking soda to one tablespoon of water. Mix and apply generously over each greasy spot. Use a wet sponge to wipe away after 10 minutes.
Step 2: Wipe Down Backsplash Tiles
Once the greasy, sticky spots are gone, you’ll want to properly clean your entire backsplash. Fill your spray bottle with 1/4 cup of baking soda, one cup of water and 1/8 cup of dish soap. Try to use a natural brand if you’re able to keep it green. Spray your tiles and wipe down with a damp cloth. Microfiber works great here to pick up any dust on your wall.
Step 3: Clean The Grout
Cleaning the grout between a tile backsplash can be one of the more tedious parts of the process. Similarly, to the grout, you’ll want to make a paste of baking soda and water. Using your toothbrush, scrub your grout with the paste. Next, fill your spray bottle up with a third cup of hydrogen peroxide and two-thirds cup water. Shake well. Spray the grout and wipe off the mixture. Your grout should be looking good as new again!
Step 4: Develop A Routine
One of the biggest keys to keeping your kitchen backsplash sparkling is developing a routine to prevent against build-up and stains. It’s a good idea to keep an all-purpose cleaner and degreaser on hand for daily use. There are many ways you can go about creating a DIY all-purpose cleaner and degreaser if you’d like to do it yourself. One of the best cleaner recipes I’ve found comes from Money Saving Mom, where you can find a complete tutorial on how to make it yourself.
Try to make time to clean your kitchen backsplash at least once a day after cooking. If you’re short on time, focus on the areas above the stove and sink.
Cleaning Service Costs
If you find that you’ve exhausted every effort to clean your backsplash, but it’s still not looking as good as you’d like, it might be time to contact a cleaning pro. They’ll know the proper way to clean for your situation and have the right solution to do so.
Your kitchen backsplash is a major decorative feature, so you want to make sure it’s always looking great. Depending on how big your backsplash is, you can expect for this project to take about an afternoon to complete. The time is worth it to get your backsplash looking good as new again!