A kitchen is the messiest of all places and needs routine cleaning and maintenance. There is grease, food gunk and splatter from your cooking that gets accumulated on the backsplash tiles. In an ideal scenario, you will clean the tiles on the go. However, in reality cleaning grime off the tiles on a daily basis is expecting a lot from yourself, especially when you have a starving family to serve for dinner and you are already short on time. In this blog, we will discuss some easy tips to clean kitchen backsplash tiles on your own without spending an entire weekend on the cleaning task.
How to Clean Kitchen Backsplash Tiles
There are different types of backsplash tiles used in the kitchen. In this blog, we will look at each of these types and how to clean them.
- Glass tiles
- Natural stone tiles
- Ceramic tiles
Let us discuss how to clean kitchen backsplash tiles effectively.
Glass tiles look stunning and are one of the top trends for kitchen backsplash in 2020. They are not only durable and sturdy, but are also resistant to mildew and mold. However, shiny surfaces such as glass tiles show grease stains and fingerprints even more clearly than other backsplash tiles. So, if your kitchen has a beautiful mosaic pattern, keep it sparkling clean with these tips and tricks.
Make sure not to use any abrasive material for cleaning kitchen backsplash tiles or you might end up having scratches on the backsplash which will look ugly. Use a soft cloth or a sponge to clean kitchen backsplash tiles.
Take water and vinegar in equal parts and fill it in a spray bottle. Use white vinegar for this purpose. Once you spray the mixture on the tiles, wipe it off with a clean cloth. To remove any stains and scum off the tiles, use a sponge dipped in soapy water and thoroughly clean it with a wet cloth. If you have hard water and calcium deposits on your kitchen mosaic tile design, then use the baking soda and vinegar mixture to thoroughly clean it. Sprinkle some baking soda on the backsplash. Now, spray some vinegar on it. As it bubbles up, it will remove the grime and stains from the glass tiles.
Natural stone tiles
Stone backsplash tiles give a rustic look to your kitchen. It is easy-to-maintain and is resistant to mold and mildew. Moreover, natural stone has the ability to handle high temperatures. Therefore, it becomes ideal for a kitchen stove backsplash.
One of the major downsides of installing a natural stone backsplash are the crevices in the stone bricks that accumulate food gunk and grime. You need to clean it occasionally to avoid breeding of cockroaches and other house pests. Don’t use any abrasive material to clean the stone backsplash as it can leave scratches and marks on the stone. If you need to clean through the crevices use a soft-bristled brush and dip it in a soapy solution. Do not use lemon, vinegar or any other acids on marble or limestone.
If there are grease stains on your stone backsplash, then sprinkle some baking soda on wet surface. Let it sit on the surface for a good 30 minutes or until the baking soda dries up. Now, using a soft brush or a soft cloth, gently remove the stains from the surface. Continue the process again until the grease stains are completely removed from the natural stone backsplash.
Ceramic backsplash tiles are usually easy to maintain and look neat and clean, if kept that way! You can spot a stain or any splatter from your recent cooking straight up on a ceramic kitchen backsplash. It is important to clean ceramic tiles in the kitchen more often, but don’t directly pour undiluted vinegar onto the tile as it can cause discolouration.
Use a mild detergent and mix it with hot water to create a soapy solution. Spray it on the tiled surface and mop it clean with a soft cloth. It is better to test it first on an unobtrusive spot just to be sure that the sheen on the tile doesn’t go away.
To remove particularly tough stains, mix equal parts vinegar with water and keep it in a spray bottle. Sprinkle some baking soda on the surface. Now, spray the backsplash tiles with the vinegar-water solution and wipe it down with a clean cloth.
If there are tough stains on the ceramic tiles, then use a teaspoon of baking soda, some liquid detergent, 1 cup vinegar and 3 cups of water. Shake the mixture well in a spray bottle. Sprinkle it on the ceramic backsplash tile. Let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe it down with a clean cloth.
How to Clean Grout
Removing accumulated dirt from the grout is perhaps the most difficult task when it comes to cleaning kitchen backsplash tiles. For regular maintenance and general cleaning, spray the grout surface with equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Now, take a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrub off any food remnants or tough stains from the grout. If the stains are tougher, then sprinkle some baking soda and spray the vinegar mixture on it. If you find tough stains or mold growing on the grout surface, then use ¼ cup of bleach in ¾ cup of water. Use a soft brush to clean the grout. Wipe the surface dry.
So, these were some natural kitchen backsplash cleaners. Make sure to follow this guide of cleaning the backsplash tiles to get the best results. If you want to have a spotless kitchen, then check out these cleaning tips for your kitchen appliances. Don’t forget to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will surely get back to you. Subscribe to the Zameen Newsletter appearing on the right hand side of the page. Stay tuned to the Zameen Blog, the best lifestyle blog in Pakistan.