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Acid and oil are a 1-2 punch to your backsplash. Oil is like glue that adheres dirt and grime to your surface. This is why proper cleaning and sealing is so important. If oil comes in contact with your backsplash after acids break down your seal, it can soak deep into your tile and create a stain — which is worse than dirt that can simply be cleaned off.
Oil also has a nasty habit of being surface active, meaning it wants to spread out as far as possible. So once it’s allowed to soak into a surface, the oil creates a dirt-spreading reservoir. You can wipe the surface, but the reservoir will just send out more oil as it seeks to re-equilibrate across the entire surface. If you’re wondering why it feels like you constantly have to wipe your backsplash down, it’s because you do.
To help prevent this problem, MARBLELIFE recommends resealing stone and tile backsplashes every two years; however, the recommended frequency goes up depending on how much acid contact is expected. If you frequently make salads with vinaigrettes, pastas with tomato sauce, homemade salsa, or use lemons and limes when cooking, you increase the frequency of acid contact and need to consider resealing more often.
Backsplashes around ovens are particularly susceptible to attack based on the hot oils that splatter from frying pans. This can be even worse if the oil contains an acidic ingredient such as lemon or vinegar because now the sealer is being attacked not just with acid, but hot acid. Chemical reactions tend to double in speed for every additional 10F of temperature. For example, if you’re cooking at 200F, you are now 130F above room temperature or 13 groups of 10F. This is an enormous acid attack accelerant. It makes splatters on backsplashes more damaging to their seals and more likely to oil stain once the seal is compromised.
Mosaic backsplashes present a unique challenge because there’s a greater grout-to-tile percentage in mosaics. Consider that a 1 sq/ft tile with 4 sides will have 4 linear feet of grout, but if we factor in how it shares that surface with neighboring tiles, we can assume on average 2 linear feet of grout per 1 sq/ft of tile. Meanwhile, if in the same area we are working with 1-inch tile, we are adding another 22 linear feet of grout lines. This mosaic will require more than 10 times the grout, making your grout the hidden area that really needs to be addressed in order for the surface to look good.
Is your stained grout an opportunity for a backsplash facelift?
MARBLELIFE IMAGINATION allows us to apply technology that was first developed to restore stained grout to now turn it into a design accent. We can re-colorize your grout to virtually any color you want. Changing your backsplash grout color can give your kitchen an updated look. Whether you want more contrast between your tile and grout color or a more uniform, seamless look, MARBLELIFE IMAGINATION can do it. If you don’t like what you pick, we can even match it back to the original color, and you’ll have twice the seal protection.
If you can imagine it, we can do it. Want to match the colors of your new towel, new counter, or new curtains? We can do that, and it can be done in less than a day with no dust, tear out or inconvenience. You no longer have to replace grout to get a whole new look in your kitchen, and when the job is done, we can ensure it’s better than new. Unlike traditional grout seals, MARBLELIFE’s COLORSEAL is impervious to acids, so it will not fail like the majority of newly installed and sealed surfaces.
Call MARBLELIFE at (888) 524-3372 or visit us online to secure your FREE ESTIMATE at www.MARBLELIFE.com or to www.MARBLELIFEPRODUCTS.com to secure the care products appropriate to your surface, and your desire for an easy effective cleaning solution.
Marblelife Tile & Grout Cleaner is an “InterCare” based cleaner and is a safe, easy to use and highly effective way to clean your tile and grout surfaces.