Your kitchen’s ceramic tile backsplash provides a landing area for grease, oil, and food splatters so that they don’t stain the wall. While keeping the surface clean can be challenging, there are many tricks that can help it look great. Use these tips to care for yours and schedule tile refinishing if the stains require more than cleaning.

How to Maintain a Clean Ceramic Tile Backsplash

1. Use White Vinegar & Baking Soda

Combine equal parts of white vinegar and baking soda to create a powerful, nontoxic degreasing cleanser. White vinegar is acidic and can break down grease, hard water stains, and soap scum.

You can also add a quarter-cup of baking soda and a few drops of dish detergent to a cup of water to make another quality cleanser. The abrasive nature of the powdery product eliminates staining agents while promoting shine.

2. Apply Soap & Water

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Clean the ceramic tile regularly with a sponge soaked in soapy water. Wring the sponge lightly so that liquid doesn’t trickle between the kitchen counter and wall, which can create a dark, damp environment for mold to flourish.

Work with a mild detergent with degreasing properties, like a dish cleanser, to eliminate grease, fat, and oil accumulations. Test the mixture on an inconspicuous area of the tile before cleaning to ensure the solution doesn't remove its sheen.

3. Scrub the Grout

Lift grime buildup on grout lines with vinegar and baking soda. Spray the vinegar mixture on the lines and let it stand for three to five minutes. Then, gently scrub the grout with a toothbrush to remove the grime and reveal white lines. If the grout remains stained or moldy, apply a paste of baking soda and water. Spray the paste with vinegar to create a foamy reaction.


If your backsplash requires more than cleaning, contact Contemporary Refinishing. These licensed professionals serve homeowners throughout St. Louis, MO, and the surrounding areas with tile refinishing to give them presentable, sparkling surfaces. Get more information about their services online, or call (314) 520-0857 to make a tile refinishing appointment.