Backsplashes have come a long way over the years. The first backsplashes to protect the wall behind a stove were made of plastic and linoleum. Today, backsplashes are made of many different materials, such as slate, ceramic, glass, marble and stainless steel. Backsplashes are installed for their beauty, but they also have a function: to make it easier to clean the greasy splatters from the stove. Different kinds of backsplashes require different cleaning techniques.
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Things you need
- Soft rag
- Paper towels
- All-purpose cleaner
- Dish detergent
- Scrub brush
- Bathroom cleaner
Spray the surface with an all-purpose cleaner designed to remove grease. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
Wipe down your backsplash with a soft rag or paper towels. Repeat if necessary.
Use a heavy duty degreasing cleaner such as Grease Grizzly or Goo Gone if your grease is tough to remove.
Rinse with a clean, wet rag when done to remove all cleaning residue.
Ceramic, Marble, Glass and Plastic Backsplashes
Add a few squirts of dish detergent that easily cuts through grease, like Dawn, to a bucket of warm to hot water.
Use a soft cloth and the soapy water to rub the grease away. Do not use an abrasive sponge on the stainless steel, because it could scratch your backsplash.
Follow up with a stainless steel cleaner if necessary. If your stainless steel is streaky after cleaning, use a commericial product sold for stainless steel (usually for appliances). Rub the product onto the backsplash with a cloth, using circular motions. Use a clean cloth to buff and remove any cleaning residue.
Stainless Steel Backsplashes
Use a toothbrush or scrub brush to clean. Because slate backsplashes usually are not sealed, grease gets deep into the slate itself rather than just on the surface.
Use dish detergent, like Dawn, and some warm to hot water for your cleaning solution. Add a couple of squirts to one bucket of water.
Test on an inconspicuous spot before scrubbing the entire area to be sure you do not damage your slate. Let it dry before deciding whether it is safe to use.
Scrub your slate backsplash with the soapy water and a scrub brush, if all goes well in Step 3. Dip your brush into the soapy water frequently while scrubbing.
Rinse with a clean, wet rag to remove any remaining soap residue.
Tips and warnings
- Wear rubber gloves and be sure your room is well ventilated.
- Remove all pots, pans and utensils on or near your stove before cleaning.