Cleaning your kitchen splashback tiles can be time-consuming if you don't have the right tools or approach. If your kitchen walls are made of tiles, you may notice some stains on them, particularly near the sink and stove where splashing food or water has occurred frequently. Here are five step-by-step tips for cleaning your kitchen splashback tiles without harming their appearance or durability.
1. Remove Any Existing Dirt With Hot Soapy Water
Tiles are one of the low-maintenance kitchen finishes, and the easiest way to remove dirt from your splashback tiles is to start with a clean slate. Before scrubbing, use some hot soapy water and paper towels to wipe down all surfaces. This will loosen up any grease or grime, making it easier to get off once you go at it with your sponge or scrubber.
Spray your kitchen splashback tiles with hot soapy water and wait for at least five minutes. Then wipe away any dirt with a clean cloth or sponge. You may need to use a scrubbing brush to remove any dirt and grease on your splashback tiles. Don’t use bleach or abrasive cleaning products on tiles as they can scratch, leaving unsightly marks. Rinse with clean, warm water after brushing. The tiles must be completely dry before proceeding to the next step.
Important note: You may need to apply some elbow grease with a non-abrasive cloth for particularly greasy build-up. If your splashback is made of ceramic or enamel, avoid abrasive cleaners and scrubbers that could scratch its surface.
2. Mix Equal Parts White Vinegar and Water in a Spray Bottle
If you want to protect your kitchen splashback tiles, use a soft cloth and avoid scouring pads. If that doesn't work, try cleaning with equal parts white vinegar and water (in a spray bottle) instead. Vinegar is acidic, so it helps break down grease build-up. You can use any kind of vinegar, but it's probably best to avoid using balsamic vinegar because it leaves a brown residue.
Pour out half a cup of white vinegar into a spray bottle, then fill up the rest with water. Label your bottle and leave it in an inconspicuous spot in your kitchen overnight to give it time to work its magic before you get started cleaning. To clean the tiles, spray your kitchen splashback tiles one at a time with a light mist of vinegar mixture, then wipe dry with a towel or microfiber cloth. As it dries, wipe away any streaks left behind with another clean cloth. After cleaning an entire section, move on to another until every part of your splashback is clean and streak-free.
3. Spray on the Walls and Let them Sit for One to Two Minutes
One of our favorite cleaners is an all-purpose spray cleaner. This has a disinfectant in it, so it's great for sanitizing and getting things clean quickly. However, you can take a spray bottle, fill it with warm water, and add two to three tablespoons of baking soda. Shake well. Then spray it on your walls and let them sit for one to two minutes before wiping them down.
Use a kitchen sponge to get into all those nooks and crannies, paying extra attention to areas that have build-up or are especially hard to reach. Finish this step by wiping away any excess liquid with a clean towel.
4. Use Paper Towels or an Old Cloth to Wipe the Area
Most bespoke kitchen splashback tiles are usually made of ceramic, so most people worry about ruining them when they’re cleaning. However, if you use paper towels or an old cloth to wipe up any spills that have occurred and you allow them to air dry, your splashback will look just as good as new.
Using a piece of soft cloth or towel will prevent any scratches, and it’s better than using just your hands to wipe down water droplets from them. Plus, it gives you a way to wipe up spills that could harm your tiles. Just be sure to use something that doesn’t leave lint behind, as lint can damage and stain the tiles.
5. Rinse With Clean Water and Dry
Rinse off all of your tile cleaners with clean water when you're done cleaning. It's important to use cool or lukewarm water. Hot water can leave streaks on your tile, and cold water will leave them wet and sticky. Avoid using a stiff or rough cloth as it may scratch your tiles. Check if there's any dust left after wiping down the tiles and use a damp cloth to remove it.
Installing modern kitchen wall tiles behind the sink and stove area will help minimize water damage in the event of spills or messes. Over time, these tiles can become covered with grease and food particles, making them look dirty and unappealing. However, if you follow a few simple steps to clean your kitchen splashback tiles regularly, they'll be clean and attractive in no time.