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Is sealed natural stone tile recommended as a kitchen backsplash next to stove and cooking/prep area?

by Peggy
(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.


Hi Peggy,

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.


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