stainless steel backsplash

If you want to make your kitchen look stylish and modern, consider putting a stainless steel backsplash. This piece will surely brighten up the environment in your kitchen and give it a sleek, clean look. However, it can be interesting and warm as well, so don't limit yourself. Stainless steel can be integrated into almost any design theme.
You can use stainless steel tile for a kitchen backsplash, much the same as ceramic or marble. Configurations and patterns are only limited by your imagination. You could tile the whole backsplash in one style of stainless steel tile; combine in glass and stone or other suitable materials as well. Also, you may only want to put stainless steel over sink and cook top with a mural or granite or mosaic backsplash.

Stainless steel sheets are usually used in restaurants to make a glossy kitchen backsplash (sinks and counter tops too) that help prevents scratches and marks and is easy to clean. This advanced look compliments with any type of stainless steel appliances that become increasingly popular among homeowners.

When you consider installing a stainless steel backsplash, you should think about what type of design or look you have in mind for your kitchen. Any good stainless steel fabricator can provide a variety of surface textures such as ribbed, quilted or hammered for your stainless steel, tin, brass, zinc or copper backsplash. However, it will likely be harder to find a fabricator that specializes in stainless steel backsplashes than granite, so you should be persistent. Stainless steel is a very versatile material and no matter what you're looking to do, this kind of material offers some amazing possibilities.

If you want to use a variety of gadgets and tools in the kitchen, consider using stainless steel as the main design material for an ultramodern, highly-polished look. For something more comfortable, have a matte finish. You could also incorporate stainless steel tiles with other materials, such as marble or glass. You could even do just a part of the backsplash, such as the cook top, with stainless.


A stainless steel backsplash can be very expensive, but the cost varies depending on complexity and size. For instance, tiles can run from US$40 to $200 per square foot. That is more than many glass and stone tiles or other backsplash materials.

Sheets are fairly expensive, but it requires expert installation. Expect to pay approximately 20 dollars for every square foot to install and fabricate stainless steel sheets.
Backsplash Maintenance and Cleaning

Maintaining a stainless steel backsplash is very easy. It has a unique functional appeal being easy to remove grime and grease, splashes and spills of everyday cooking.

For daily cleaning, soap and warm water will take care of this hygienic surface; for an immaculate finish, don't forget to wipe dry. New sprays can also help remove fingerprints. Moreover, always remember that the acids that come from citric acid, tomato, chloride, bleaches, etc.  can cause stains. Typically, stains only occur when the substance has been left for a long period of time. Regular cleaning and a thorough rinse can remove stains. But for further protection, use a sealant.


When installing a stainless steel backsplash, clean the backsplash area using a sponge and pH-neutral cleanser. Wipe the dirt from the wall using small circular motion, making sure not to saturate the surface with moisture.  Rinse the area thoroughly with water and dry it with a cloth. If the dirt is hard to remove, use a scrub brush instead of a sponge. After cleaning, apply a degreasing solution if the wall has grease stains.

The next step is to sand the wall surface in the backsplash area using a fine-grit sandpaper to remove the gloss from a painted surface. Don't stop to rub down the sand paper on the area until the backsplash surface becomes dulled. The dulled scratched surface provides an ideal texture for the application of the adhesive necessary to mount the backsplash. Clean the wall again using a damp cloth and then apply construction adhesive to the back of the backsplash. Spread the adhesive evenly across the backsplash using a putty knife, making sure to cover the whole surface of the piece.

Have an assistant to help you mount the backsplash to the wall.  Begin on one end of the piece and push it firmly to the wall while your assistant holds the other end level. Then, work your way down the backsplash, pushing it to the wall until you get to the other end. Attach the backsplash to the wall using a masking tape to hold it to the wall as the construction glue sets. Using a wallpaper roller, go over the taped backsplash. Roll from the middle of the backsplash to the edges to make sure the whole piece has contact with the wall, and to get rid of any air from beneath the backsplash.

Remove any excess glue that seeps from the edges while pressing it into place using a damp sponge. Let the glue dry for a period of time recommended by the adhesive manufacturer. Remove the construction tape from the edges and then put a bead of caulk. With the tip of your fingertip, try to smooth the caulk and then allow it to dry for two days. The caulk prevents the moisture that leaks along the edges of the backsplash.

Pros and Cons

Although your stainless steel backsplash is durable, easy to clean and heat resistant, always keep in mind that it will dent and scratch easier than a backsplash made from marble, granite or ceramic. Patterned stainless steel backsplash tiles are effective for hiding scratches and other marks that occur through normal use. Also, it doesn't require polishing, so unlike brass, zinc or copper, its color will not fade over time.
Design Alternatives

Other popular idea you may consider when you design your backsplash is the use of tin or copper. Try to research how they will perform in a kitchen atmosphere, though, so you are not surprised if your copper discolors. Whether you are looking to recreate the kitchen or you are designing the kitchen as part of your new home construction, install a stainless steel backsplash for a stylish look.  

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