How To Clean A Stacked Stone Backsplash

Stacked stone is one of the most creative backsplash ideas for your kitchen, and for good reason. But unlike traditional backsplashes, you may find that it requires some special TLC come cleaning day. This is especially true if your backsplash is behind your stove or in an area prone to food splatters. Although it might take a little extra finesse to clean this type of stone, it's not impossible, and the secret lies in a non-alkaline cleaner and a stiff-bristled brush. This ensures you remove grime and gunk from all around your stacked stones. 

Even though stacked stone backsplashes are a little trickier to clean, they're well worth the investment. If you're someone who appreciates the rough-hewn beauty of natural stone, then this type of backsplash offers all that and more. Since every piece of stone is unique, you'll have a one-of-a-kind kitchen backsplash unlike any other. Even better, you'll have your stone backsplash for a lifetime, so long as you care for it properly. And part of this maintenance lies in using the correct cleaning agents. 

Consider the cleaning products you use

Since stacked stone backsplashes are uneven in texture, you may find bits and pieces of food and other debris stuck to their edges. Using a washcloth alone won't remove stubborn grime, which means you'll want to use a stiff bristled brush when cleaning these surfaces. This ensures that all areas of your backsplash are left sparkling clean. Without regular, thorough cleaning, you might cause damage to the stone surface – dirt and grease can cause your backsplash to stain or etch, and you run the risk of food debris scratching it over time. Instead, always ensure you focus on your kitchen backsplash when cleaning. 

You'll also want to use the right type of cleaning agent. For natural stone, look into using something mild. A perfect example is dish soap, so long as you mix it with water. Use your stiff bristle brush to gently wipe your stone clean, removing any excess soap with warm water. It's advisable to avoid using acetic cleaning agents, such as anything with citrus acid or vinegar in it. Otherwise, these products may etch the surface of your stones. This means you might have dull spots left behind. 

Damaged stacked stone backsplash

If you leave food on your backsplash for too long, you may notice some damage in the form of etching. Does this mean your stacked stone backsplash is ruined? Not necessarily. You can try mixing mild dish soap with warm water to the etched surface, buffing the area afterward. There are even special polishing compounds marketed for stone. If the marks are too deep, however, you may need a skilled stone professional. They can use special sanding sponges and know the exact grit for your type of scratch or etching. 

Always avoid using any type of abrasive scrubbing pad, as this can scratch your backsplash. This is especially true of softer stones. If your stones are sealed, an abrasive scrubber could wear away the surface, so be mindful of this as well. Moreover, since a high-end, custom kitchen backsplash can cost well in the thousands, it's best to properly care for it, avoiding costly repairs. Yes, there are chic kitchen backsplash tiles that are easier to clean, but stacked stone offers a bespoke look, instantly elevating any space. And once you learn how to clean it, it will become an easy part of your regular routine.