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How To Clean Stone Backsplash (Materials & Tips)

See how to clean stone backsplash including the materials you will need, cleaning steps, and the best way to remove grease from a kitchen backsplash.
Kitchen with stone backsplash, wood cabinets, oven, stove countertops, sink, and faucetA stone backsplash elevates your kitchen’s functionality and aesthetics, acting as stunning protection for your kitchen wall. One of the major drawbacks though is that stone backsplash is harder to clean compared to other backsplash materials.

But it’s still not an impossible feat. With the right steps to follow, you can successfully clean your stone backsplash without too much drama. Here are the different steps on how to clean this kitchen fixture.

Step 1: Gather All the Materials You Will Need

Kitchen with countertop, stone backsplash, white cabinets, and lighting fixturesBefore starting the cleaning, make sure you have everything you need within reach to avoid wasting time and be more efficient in the task. Some of the materials you will need are the following:

Brush: You have the option of either choosing a soft-bristled toothbrush or a scrub brush, depending on what’s available and what you’re comfortable using.

• Dish Soap: Go for something milder when choosing a dish soap because stone backsplash can be sensitive and some harsh cleaning products can damage the material.

• Bucket: You need a container to mix dish soap and water together so make sure to choose a bucket big enough for this purpose and that you can actually carry the bucket!

• Water: More than just getting mixed with dish soap to create the cleaning solution, you will need clean water to rinse everything away. 

Clean rag: Prepare 2 or more clean rags to help you in cleaning stone types of kitchen backsplash. You will need a clean rag to help you rinse your stone backsplash and another clean but dry rag to help you wipe the surface dry. 

You can add more tools you can use, especially if there’s a new innovative brush or cleaner that will make the cleaning much more convenient and easy to complete.

Step 2: Mix Your Hot Soapy Water Solution

Soapy water solution used to clean stone backsplashPut hot water into your bucket and generously pour the dish soap you’ve chosen. Mix the solution thoroughly before applying it to the surface. If you’re not sure that the dish soap is mild enough for your stone backsplash, you can test it by putting a small amount in an area that’s out of sight.

In this way, if the cleaner you chose is actually too harsh and ends up damaging the stone backsplash, you can live with it since it’s out of sight in the first place. And make sure to let it completely dry before moving on.

To be on the safe side, you can choose cleaners specific to your stone backsplash. If you have a granite backsplash then get a granite cleaner. The same logic applies to a limestone backsplash and other types of natural stone materials. This will make your choice simpler and more straightforward. 

Step 3: Start Washing Your Backsplash

Individual cleaning kitchen countertop, and stone backsplashDip your brush in the soap solution and start brushing the surface of your backsplash. Dip the brush every now and then as necessary.

A stone backsplash has small crevices, where grease easily accumulates and builds up, which can make it harder to thoroughly clean. A scrub brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush can really get in between the tiles, grout, and other crevices. So if you want a stone backsplash that’s easier to clean, choose a less textured tile with a smoother surface like a granite backsplash

Among the common backsplash mistakes is being negligent in cleaning it, leading to the growth of unwanted substances. Make sure to inspect your backsplash entirely and check out if you miss any spot when your scrub on it.

Step 4: Thoroughly Rinse The Stone Backsplash 

Kitchen with black stone backsplash, wood countertop, sink, and faucetOnce you’re sure you’ve scrubbed the stone backsplash, get a bucket of clean water to rinse off the soap. Use a wet rag as you rinse the surface of the backsplash so as to make sure you’ve removed all the soap suds and solution on the surface. The wet rag will help prevent a film to form over the stone backsplash. 

Step 5: Dry Your Stone Backsplash

Kitchen with stone backsplash, countertop, range hood, refrigerator, and cabinetsTake out a dry rag and wipe the surface of your backsplash. Make sure that you’re using a dry rag and naturally let it dry afterward.

To help you better in your cleaning tasks, here are simple tips to take into account:

Set your cleaning schedule with enough time to clean your stone backsplash and even the entire kitchen

Clean your backsplash at the same time as you clean your countertops

Keep the seal on your backsplash fresh 

Pay more attention to the grout and crevices on the stone backsplash 

How To Remove Grease From Tile Backsplash 

Kitchen with stone backsplash, countertops, island, wood cabinets, refrigerator, faucet, and windowsGrease is the major enemy of a stone tile backsplash since it tends to build up in the grout and crevices of the backsplash. And in most standard cleaning, grease doesn’t come off easily and you would need to go the extra mile just to clear your backsplash from grease. 

Step 1: Gather all the items you will need for the deep cleaning

Baking soda

Dish soap

Dishcloth/rag

Grout sealer

Knife or spatula

Lemons

Sponge

Toothbrush

Vinegar

Step 2: Make a cleaning paste

While you can purchase a cleaner from the market, you can make your own grease-cleaning paste. To make this paste, create the following ingredients:

One part of lemon juice

One part vinegar

Two parts baking soda

Step 3: Do initial cleaning on the stone backsplash

Clean your backsplash using the standard soapy solution and submerge the surface in the solution. Scrub the stone backsplash with a brush and then wipe the surface clean with a wet rag to get rid of all the soap suds and residues. 

Step 4: Apply the grease-cleaning paste on the backsplash

Get a spatula and apply a thin layer of this DIY grease-cleaning paste you’ve created. Let the paste sit for about 30 minutes until it dries out. Pay close attention and apply more paste to areas with more grease. 

Step 5: Scrub the backsplash using a brush

Once the paste dries out, brush the paste off thoroughly, specifically in grease-filled areas. If you need to cover more surface area, either use a sponge or a bigger brush. 

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 as necessary

If the grease on your stone backsplash is really persistent and difficult to remove, you can either let the paste sit for a longer time or repeat steps 4 and 5 until the grease stain is completely gone or as much as needed. 

Step 7: Wipe your stone backsplash clean

Remove all the residual paste and grease by wiping the backsplash surface with a damp rag. Wipe the surface and be more thorough in the crevices and grout. Let it fully dry either through air dry or by using a dry rag.  

Step 8: Apply a grout sealer (If needed)

Once the grout in the backsplash is fully dried out, apply one to two layers of sealer on the grout for extra protection. 

Sealer is applied when your stone backsplash is newly installed but it needs to be re-sealed at least once a year to protect the material from moisture and other elements that can damage the material. 

Grease is a challenging issue and there might be instances that your DIY grease-cleaning paste will not work or not be enough for your stone backsplash. You can either use other solutions or mix and match guaranteed ingredients and solutions. Some of these ingredients include the following:

Baking soda (Baking soda + water) and let it sit for at least 10 minutes

Strong de-greaser (If the mild detergent does not work but make sure to test it on a small out-of-sight section of your stone backsplash) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions

Toothpaste and scrub it with a toothbrush then rinse with a clean rag

White vinegar and spray it on the backsplash then let it sit for at least 5 minutes before wiping the grease off using a warm damp cloth

How To Protect Backsplash From Grease  

Kitchen with stone backsplash, countertop, range hood, refrigerator, and cabinetsMore than just the standard and deep cleaning you can do for your stone backsplash, you also need to make the necessary actions to protect your backsplash from grease. A stone backsplash can last for a long time but only if you treat it right. To preserve its quality and keep it looking new, here are some ways to help protect the stone backsplash from grease and other harmful elements. 

• Clean your stone backsplash regularly: A good defense is a good offense so by cleaning your backsplash regularly, you get to avoid grease buildup. And cleaning fresh grease is way easier than scrubbing off hard grease buildup. 

• Immediately wipe spills: Make sure to wipe spills as soon as they happen to avoid the liquid drying out on the surface.

• Apply sealant at least once a year: Sealing the backsplash is the best protection you can do for your stone backsplash but you need to re-apply the sealant at least every year to make sure that the protection is still effective. Make sure you choose the right sealant for your stone backsplash. 

• Use a clear plastic guard (Or stainless steel overlay): This overlay will protect your stone backsplash from food and liquid splatters and will make the surface smooth and oil-resistant. 

• Use a stovetop liner: Made from a heat-resistant metal or plastic, this element can help catch any cooking splatters and splashes from the stove to the backsplash. A stovetop hood installed over it can also protect your backsplash but make sure that the oven hood is vented outside. 

• Invest in a splatter shield or screen for pans and pots: Splatter shields, usually made from fine mesh, are used on pots and pans to stop food and oil splatters without restricting air circulation as you cook. 

While the backsplash is installed to protect your kitchen walls in the first place, protecting your backsplash will help you save time and effort in the cleanup process and prevent frequent repairs and replacements, saving money too.

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