Like a feature wall, a backsplash can go a long way to add character and colour to your kitchen – but its purpose extends far beyond making cooking look fashionable. Kitchen backsplashes add longevity to your kitchen walls by protecting them from unwanted spills, splatters, and grease stains.

Here’s a quick guide on some of the more popular kitchen backsplash materials.

1. Tiles   

Given the wide range of styles and design finishes, tiles are an easy favourite. Easy to install, non-porous, scratch and heat-resistant, tiles are an affordable option that are both durable and splash-friendly. However, be mindful that regular cleaning and maintenance is needed to ensure grout surfaces stay pristine. The good news is, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda should do the trick!

2. Stainless Steel

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A statement feature for industrial-chic homes, stainless steel backsplashes are a practical option because they are easy to clean, as well as resistant to stain, heat, and water damage. Its homogenous surface also makes it tough on bacteria and mould.  While stainless steel can reflect light to brighten up cooking spaces, care needs to be taken to prevent scratches and dents over time. Acidic residues from food splatters could also damage the steel surface if left uncleaned for long periods.

3. Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is a low-maintenance option that can weather all types of cooking, from soup boiling to wok hey storms. Its smooth surface means grease and spills can be cleaned up almost effortlessly. Naturally water and heat resistant, tempered glass backsplashes make for highly-durable surfaces that have the added bonus of being scratch-proof. Repairing or changing a glass backsplash, however, is not an easy feat so make sure you choose a design you’ll love for a long time.

4. KompacPlus

Made with compressed layers of kraft papers and resin, KompacPlus backsplashes are resistant to wear-and-tear, steam and water. It is also non-porous which makes for a hygienic surface that is simple to clean. KompacPlus surfaces come in a variety of stone and wood-like finishes to complement your Scandinavian home. While heat resistant, direct contact with hot items could cause surface damage.

5. Quartz

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Elegant and modern, quartz backsplashes have a non-porous finish which makes for fuss-free cleaning. Although quartz is heat-resistant, it is important to note that high temperatures that come into direct contact with the surface could do some serious damage.

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