How to Fit a Glass Splashback?

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How to Fit a Glass Splashback

Glass splashbacks are highly aesthetic and can provide incredible utility and visual appeal in various settings. They can be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, shower enclosures, laundry rooms, and bar areas. They can be used in residential and commercial properties. In kitchens, they are installed behind stoves to protect the kitchen wall from food splatters and grime while adding to the aesthetics of your kitchen. When it comes to bathrooms, they are often installed behind vanities and in shower enclosures.

You can also install them in your laundry rooms to make them look cleaner and protect your walls from splashes. They can be customised for decorative purposes and installed in various settings. When you decide to get a glass splashback for your kitchen or bathroom, it is always advisable to hire professionals for fitting. However, if you want to try installing and prefer the DIY route, follow our simple DIY guide below to get a perfect fit.

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Tools You Will Need

Fitting a glass splashback requires at least some fitting skills, but if this is your first time fitting anything and you have decided to travel the DIY path for installing glass splashbacks, you will need the following tools:

  • Silicone Adhesives: Not just any silicone adhesives but those which are specially formulated for glass.
  • Caulk Gun: A caulk gun for injecting silicone
  • A Measuring Tape: You need a tape for taking measurements.
  • A pencil: You will need a pencil to mark the dimensions
  • Masking Tape: To ensure adhesion
  • Spacers: If needed
  • Screwdriver: You know what a screwdriver is used for
  • Level: To ensure that your glass splashback is a perfect fit
  • Cleaning Supplies: To clean the mess you will make
Tools How to Fit a Glass Splashback

Step One: Preparing the site

Whether you want to install a glass splashback on your kitchen wall behind the stove or in your bathroom, you must inspect the wall before installing. You will have to remove any paintings, wallpapers, and tiles. You should also ensure that the wall is levelled and uniform. Once you have ensured that, clean the wall with a rag.

Step Two: Measuring and Marking

Measure your splashback if you don’t know the dimensions and write them down on paper. Measure the area where you intend to fix the glass splashback. Record the length and the width. Repeat the measurement to make sure that your readings are accurate. Mark the measurements on the wall with your pencil.

Step Three: Align the splashback

Spread the silicone adhesive on the splashback’s back side. Make sure it is spread evenly. Take help from a friend or a family member to lift the splashback and align the boundaries with the pencil marks you made on the wall. Visually check the alignment and make changes if necessary. The best way to confirm the right alignment is to use a level on the top edge and any vertical edges. If the spirit level is in the centre, you have perfect alignment.

Step Four: Fixing the splashback

With the splashback aligned with the wall markings, press it against the wall to ensure it sticks to the wall. Be careful while applying pressure. A little should be enough. You can hold the splashback in position by using masking tape while ensuring it does not come in contact with the silicone adhesive. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to give ample time for the adhesive to act. This is typically one to two days.

Step Five: Cleaning and Finishing

Remove the masking tape after the adhesive has dried. Remove excess silicone and fingerprints using rubbing alcohol or a cleaner. Use the caulking gun to fill up any gaps with silicone. Congratulations! for installing your glass splashback successfully.

Tips for Keeping Your Splashback in an Immaculate Condition

Gass splashbacks impart considerable visual appeal to your interior. However, a dirty one will do exactly the opposite. Follow our tips below to keep your glass splashback looking fabulous.

  • Glass splashbacks are easy to clean, and you will need special cleaning agents only in case of stubborn stains. Use lukewarm water or a damp cloth to clean your splashback.
  • You can also use glass cleaners once every week. Select mild cleaning supplies. Use a sponge or a clean microfiber cloth to wipe your glass splashback.
  • Using rough or dirty rags can scratch your glass splashback. Avoid them at all costs.
  • Cover the exposed edges of your glass splashback with sealants such as silicone to avoid damage and improve its aesthetic appeal.
  • Glass splashbacks are sturdy and long-lasting. However, that does not mean they can withstand any amount of impact. Avoid using heavy utensils close to them. The less you hit them and break them.

Why Use Glass Splashbacks At All?

  • Glass is a unique raw material. Whether it is a sliding glass door wardrobe, a full-size mirror, or a glass splashback, the unique qualities of glass make it an ideal choice for creating incredible interiors.
  • Glass splashbacks enhance the aesthetics of your kitchens and bathrooms while protecting the walls they cover from splatter and grime.
  • They are customisable according to your needs and design, as they are available in various types, designs, and colours. These include coloured glass, printed glass, textured, frosted, stained, and heat-resistant glass splashbacks.
  • As glass splashbacks have excellent reflective properties, they can help spread light and make your kitchen or bathroom brighter and look bigger. This can be especially useful for small places.
  • Damp places like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens sometimes suffer from problems such as mildew and mould. Glass splashbacks improve the hygiene of these areas by keeping them dry and retard bacterial growth.
  • Glass splashbacks are durable, and with a bit of maintenance, they can last a lifetime. They do not suffer from discolouring and don’t get scratched easily.