I love the look of a glass splashback, out of all the kitchen splashbacks I have cleaned in my client’s homes, these are by far my favourite. If you are in the middle of a home renovation like me, you’ll need to know how to clean a glass splashback before you decide to get one fitted.
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Most streaks are caused by too much product which dries too quickly before it’s cleaned off.
If you’ve inherited your glass splashback and it’s full of nasty, greasy residue you will need to remove that first. Depending on how greasy your splashback is, just follow these easy steps and jump in at whichever step you like.
How to clean a glass splashback.
- Remove the build up of nasty grease.
For sticky and greasy residue, use a heavy degreaser to remove it all thoroughly.
My favourite degreaser at the moment is Elbow Grease and you can read all about it in this post.
For really heavy grease stains allow the cleaner to sit for a few minutes to work its magic.
Do not be tempted to use anything abrasive such as steel wool or a green pad as it can scratch the surface of the glass.
You can try a plastic scraper to remove any really tricky bits.
You may need to repeat this step a few times until all the heavy grease has been removed.
- Rinse the area well.
Remove any residue and clean the glass with soapy warm water and a lint-free cloth. This will remove any bits of dust and dirt before you polish the glass to a high shine.
Don’t worry about any streaks at this stage, we will deal with those in the next step.
- Polish and clean your glass splashback
For shiny glass splashbacks you will need to polish them using a glass cleaner and glass cloth.
Check out my homemade glass cleaner here, you’ll probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already, just pop them all in a spray bottle and away you go!
The next step is the trickiest as we want a streak-free finish.
It is important to use only a very small amount of glass cleaner. Most streaks are caused by too much product which dries too quickly before it’s cleaned off.
You can read how to get streak-free windows and glass here.
- Buff to a high shine.
Spray a small amount of glass cleaner onto the clean glass splashbacks and wipe quickly with your glass cloth, avoid doing this in direct sunlight as you don’t want your cleaning product to dry before you have polished it, as that will cause it to streak. buff until there are no more streaks.
Voila streak free glass splashbacks!
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Frequently asked questions
I would not attempt to try to fix a burn mark in your glass splashback and would consider calling in the professionals for this job before you make it worse!
There is a method involving toothpaste and rubbing it into the affected area but I haven’t done this myself. I would advise calling in the professionals to remove any scratches.
I love a glass splashback as it’s far easier to clean as there is no grout for the grease to sit in.
A splashback is a protective surface placed behind kitchen cookers and work surfaces to protect the wall from greasy stains and splashes, they may be made from stainless steel , plastic , tile and glass.
If the incorrect glass is fitted behind the hob it could get too hot and crack, toughened glass should always be fitted to avoid cracks.
After years of cleaning client’s homes, I discovered that kitchen plastic splashbacks were hell on earth to get clean and keep clean, so I would avoid plastic splashbacks for that very reason!
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