Glass Tile Splashbacks: Top Tips for Installation & Aftercare
A glass tile splashback is a chic way to add a pop of colour to your kitchen while also offering an easy-clean surface and a contemporary aesthetic. The sleek reflective surface delivers a stylish touch and can be used in any modern kitchen or bathroom to effectively protect the walls from food or water splatters.
If you’re intrigued by this style of splashback, in today’s post, we’ll be sharing our top tips when it comes to installing a glass tile splashback in your home with some helpful aftercare information thrown in for good measure – ensuring your splashback makes a long-lasting impact.
Protect and prepare
Before getting started, it’s essential to remember throughout the installation process that glass is an extremely delicate material – therefore it needs to be handled carefully to ensure it remains intact. When it comes to making holes or cutting your glass tiles, enlist the help of a professional to make sure cuts are carried out safely and without damage to the tiles.
In addition, while setting down the glass in between jobs, it’s also important to remember not to leave it in a place where it could get damaged or broken and lay a protective cloth on hard surfaces as extra cushioning. We’d also recommend using protective eye-wear and gloves when you work with glass to avoid injury.
The next step is to prepare your work space correctly. Although this may often go without saying, it’s essential to ensure the splashback fits the space before you begin, including checking that your worktop is fitted securely. In addition, ensure the distance between the hob and splashback complies with the hob manufacturer’s instructions, and check your extractor fan is fitted correctly.
As for the walls, the surface for your splashback should be non-porous, dry and dust free. For presentation purposes, it’s best to ensure that the wall behind your splashback is one solid colour. This will avoid a patchy background which will be particularly noticeable when fitting light coloured or clear tiles.
Installing your splashback
Firstly, double check that the glass will fit the desired space – accurate measurements are key here. Use spacers to ensure that there’s a 2mm gap between the cooker and the bottom of the glass. While completing this step, be careful not to allow the glass to sit on your workbench, as this could damage it.
Remove the glass carefully, again ensuring all corners are well protected from damage – using sheets or plastic coverings to prevent scratching or breakage. Then once your tiles are set down in a stable place, you’re ready to remove all protective adhesive from the corners and back of the glass.
Next, carefully balance the bottom edge of the glass tiles for your splashback on the spacers. Then, after ensuring that you’ve applied an adequate amount of glass adhesive to secure the tiles to the wall effectively, push the tiles onto the wall surface, ensuring you apply a firm and even amount of pressure over the whole tiled area.
Use silicone sealant to grout all areas, including the joints of the mosaics across the whole surface and the gap which the spacers leave behind after being removed. We recommend no less than 2.5mm in thickness to provide a strong seal which won’t compromise on presentation.
Glass tile splashbacks are generally very low maintenance, which is one reason why they’re so popular. As glass tiles are mostly resistant to stains and allergens, there’s no need to use abrasive cleaners – simply wiping them with hot water and a mild soap detergent should suffice in removing typical dirt in kitchens and bathrooms. If you feel that a light clean won’t suffice, window cleaner is a great alternative that will leave your glass tiles sparkling clean.
With our top tips, you’re ready to get started on your beautiful kitchen or bathroom renovation today. Find all the inspiration you need for injecting a sleek and contemporary touch to your home by browsing our impressive selection of gorgeous glass splashback tiles today.