So you’re cooking in a hurry, or the lid wasn’t entirely on when you started blending, it’s fine these things happen. But now you’ve splattered all sorts over your glass splashback. Well, that is why it’s there. When you come to clean said splashback, there are some useful things to know so you can avoid…
So you’re cooking in a hurry, or the lid wasn’t entirely on when you started blending, it’s fine these things happen. But now you’ve splattered all sorts over your glass splashback. Well, that is why it’s there.
When you come to clean said splashback, there are some useful things to know so you can avoid leaving behind streaks or irritating stains. There’s nothing worse than coming across that mark later and realising it’s much harder to get off. That might also be why you’re here, and we have some tips for the more stubborn marks too.
You can apply these tips to other glass appliances in your kitchen too, such as your cooktop.
Tip #1 Clean it Up Straight Away
Don’t be that person who makes a mess, looks at it and then decides to leave it, and even if you’re really busy, tackling the spill as quickly as possible will get you the best results.
It will stop the likelihood of stains and more stubborn solids you might try to scrape off later.
Tip #2 Use a Good Quality Glass Cleaner or a White Vinegar Solution
For more stubborn stains and grit that has been left to harden over a longer time, you’re going to need to some stronger stuff. Glass cleaners such as Windex will prove their worth here.
If you’re looking to make your own cleaner for a streak-free finish, then we’d suggest mixing one part white vinegar and three parts water and popping them into a spray bottle. You don’t need a spray bottle though; you can manually apply the liquid too.
Extra greasy? If you’re trying to get some tough grease off of your splashback, then try baking powder with water until you get a light pasty consistency. Apply the mix over the surface, leave it half an hour and wipe off with a damp cloth, tackle residue with another application.
Tip #3 Micro-fibre Cloths are the Tool of the Job
For your splashback, this type of cloth is going to do the job better than any other. The cloth’s vastly increased point of contact with the surface works wonders and will give you that streak-free finish.
Tip #4 Wipe The Surface Down Post-Clean
The best things to use here are a dry lint-free cloth or if you have any newspaper lying around. Newspaper is excellent for wiping down glass surfaces and not leaving streaks, make sure to wear gloves, so the print doesn’t stain your hand.
Tip #5 Don’t Work in Direct Sunlight
When the sun shines, it can be more tempting to clean, mostly because the sun reveals the dirt better. But don’t be too hasty with your glass splashback, cleaning in direct heat won’t give you the best results.
The heat will dry out your surface, and if you’re using cleaning products on a hot surface, then you are going to get stains and streaks. So, try to wait until the sun goes in to get the rubber gloves on.
Tip #6 Still Getting Streaks? Swap to Distilled Water
It could be your taps holding you back. Some tap water will have minerals that will cause streaks to appear after cleaning. Swap to distilled water and see the difference.
Tip #7 Don’t use Abrasive Cloths
As tempting as it may be to pull out a scourer or another form of abrasive so clean away stains, don’t do it. Surface scratching, or worse, will ensure you can never get your splashback looking perfect. Stick to our above cloth tips.
Should you find that cleaning reveals damage to your glass splashback, such as surface scratching or even chips, there’s no cleaning tip to help that. It may be that your sealant needs replacing, each splashback has a sealant over it which tends to need replacing around every five years. We’re always happy to help though, so if you need replacing your glass splashback, give our small and friendly team a call.