Is sealed natural stone tile recommended as a kitchen backsplash next to stove and cooking/prep area?
(San Diego, CA)
Would you recommend sealed natural stone as a kitchen backsplash around and next to a stove and sink?
Is the risk of splashes from food such as pasta sauce and hot oil too great of a maintenance concern?
Thank you in advance for your expert advice.
You should be fine using natural stone on your backsplash behind your stove.
I would give it a good cleaning every few years and have it sealed with a good penetrating or impregnating sealer.
After it's been thoroughly cleaned, you can seal the stone.
I don't know what type of stone you will be using, but if it's calcium based, like travertine or marble, don't use any acids to clean the stone.
Instead, use a stone cleaner or degreaser that's safe for natural stone.
We sell a great stone cleaner here on the website that is safe for travertine, marble and granite, which is also a great degreaser.
Check it out on the products page. It's called MB-2 Stone, Tile and Grout Cleaner.
Thank you for your question and I hope you enjoy your new kitchen.