Not only do glass backsplash tiles serve to protect the wall behind a kitchen or bathroom wall from moisture damage, but they can also beautify the space. After installing the tiles and making an investment in your home, it's important to properly maintain them for long-lasting durability and aesthetics.
If you're looking to make a fast, easy change in a bathroom or your kitchen, elegant glass backsplash tiles may be the way to go. You can either have them professionally installed, or do the job yourself after buying the tiles and other necessary supplies, such as grout, from a DIY home retailer.
The glass tiles come in a wide range of colors and even designs, making it simple to customize the look of the room. You can choose a neutral hue, such as white, black, grey or silver, a combination of the shades, to create a sleek, modern look. To add a pop of vibrant color to a white or cream-colored space, pick red, turquoise, yellow or any other bold-hued tiles instead. Pick either basic rectangular tiles, or choose a decorative design as another option.
Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your glass backsplash tiles:
On a Daily Basis
Although glass is a non-porous material and they won't absorb moisture like ceramic and porcelain can, they are still vulnerable to hard water mineral stains and other unsightly spots. Due to this, it's important to thoroughly wipe the tiles down with a clean, absorbent cloth, such as a microfiber towel, as soon as possible after they get wet. Each time after washing your hands or the dishes, take an extra minute to dry the tiles.
If the tiles are stained with food or other types of debris, you can use a glass spray cleaner and a soft cloth to wipe them clean. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, such as steel wool, which can damage and scratch the glass.
On a Weekly or Monthly Basis
Even if you wipe the backsplash tiles down daily, the glass can still be subject to mold and mildew, especially if the room they're in doesn't have proper ventilation or you live in a humid climate. Mineral deposits and soap scum can also build up over time.
To remedy these issues naturally, combine a 50/50 solution of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle, and apply it to the tiles. Allow the treatment to sit on the tiles for a minute or two, and then wipe them dry with a cloth. For extra cleaning power, you can work the vinegar solution into any spots using a soft-bristled brush before wiping the glass dry.