Tile Backsplash Ideas that are Easy to Clean
Let’s be honest, cleaning your tile backsplash is most likely not something you want to do on a regular basis. Your life is busy enough with kids’ activities, work, and other household chores. The last thing on your mind is cleaning your tile backsplash.
Why not make it easy on yourself? Before installing a backsplash, choose a tile that is easy to clean and is low maintenance. Oftentimes, people choose backsplashes because of the character the tile adds to the room. However, if you go on looks alone, you may find the backsplash has to be cleaned, regrouted, and resealed more often than you thought. For the best of both worlds, check out these tile backsplash ideas that are simple to clean while creating a sophisticated look.
Choose the Material of the Tile
When choosing a tile backsplash, the first thing to think about is the material. Some of the easiest tiles to clean include ceramic, porcelain, and glass tile because they don’t require special cleansers. Furthermore, these materials are smooth, so they are effortless to clean with just one swipe.
On the other hand, rough natural stone tiles are more time consuming to clean because of their texture. Natural stone also needs to be sealed once a year for upkeep. You may find yourself tending to this type of tile more often than you would the ones listed above.
Size of the Tile
The second thing to think about is the size of your tiles. In other words, how much grout do you want showing? Keep in mind that the bigger the tiles the less there is to grout. This means there is less grout to clean and reseal when the time comes. Some grout needs to be resealed yearly where others can be resealed every five years. If the grout is not sealed properly, water may seep through this porous material and extra care will be needed to fix the tile.
If you don’t want much grout at all, look for seamless tiles, which have very little (or none at all) grout lines. While it doesn’t keep cleaning away entirely, it will reduce the amount of cleaning and sealing you would have done otherwise.
Show Off in the High Impact Zone
The area above the sink and the range have the ideal square footage to show off your backsplash. This area gets a lot of attention, so if you want to create a focal point in the kitchen, then here is the place to do it. A good example would be installing a pattern staggered with a slim subway tile backsplash.
If that isn’t your style, check out bold colors to create a statement piece. This is normally a two by three-foot space, which makes it a good area to go bold. If you change your mind down the road, you won’t have to take down the entire backsplash. The small two by three-foot space can easily be replaced in a day, so you can enjoy your new look.
Ceramic is lightweight, easy to clean, and moisture resistant. It comes in a wide range of colors, shapes, sizes, finishes, and patterns. There are lots of styles to choose from so you are sure to find something that suits your needs. If you want less grout, look for larger sheets of ceramic to use as your kitchen backsplash tile.
An all-purpose cleaner that is designed to remove grease is ideal for ceramic tile. Spray the area down and let it sit for up to 30 minutes. Wipe down the tile with a soft rag. Repeat as needed. Once you remove the grease, rinse the tile with a clean, wet rag to get rid of the residue.
Porcelain is less porous than ceramic tiles and can also be more durable. Furthermore, porcelain is a dense material, and because of this, it is less likely to crack. This type of tile naturally stains and water-resistant, which makes it ideal for a backsplash material.
Porcelain tile comes in many color options. In fact, if you love the look of marble but don’t love the cost, then porcelain is a good option. Porcelain tile can be designed to look just like marble. This is done by ink-jet printed porcelain. If you don’t want a marble look, check for other texture-looking tiles like wood or natural stone.
To clean porcelain tiles, use a mild cleaning solution. Wash the tile with the solution and hot water. Leave this on the tile for five to 10 minutes. Rinse the area clean with water and then wipe it dry.
If you are looking to open up your kitchen space, then glass tile is a good option. Glass will help your area look more open, brighter, and larger because of its reflective nature. Furthermore, glass is resistant to heat so the tile will not change color, shape, or crack over the years. It is environmentally friendly as glass is a natural material and some are made from recycled glass as well.
For a natural way to clean your glass tile backsplash, use equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the tile and leave for up to 10 minutes. Wipe down with a soft cloth. Rinse the area with cold water then wipe it dry. If you don’t have vinegar on hand, a non-abrasive cleaner will work as well.
Easy to Clean Tile Backsplashes are In
Tile backsplashes made of ceramic, porcelain, and glass are some of the easiest to clean. All it takes to clean these tiles are some non-abrasive cleaners with a soft rag. The tiles are also durable, water-resistant, and come in a variety of styles. Whether you want a statement piece behind the above the range or behind the sink, you are sure to find the design to suit your needs.