Revamping your kitchen splashback can be rewarding, but a professional installation is definitely expensive. If you want to save some cash on labour costs, DIYing the job is the best course of action.

But if you have no experience with a similar installation, the task can seem pretty daunting. Luckily, you’re at the right place. Not only will we give you a step-by-step guide, but we’ll also include tips for maintenance and care.

Read on to find the materials list and start your kitchen splashbacks installation!

What You’ll Need

If you’ve never DIYed such a project before, you probably don’t have these materials at home. Here’s what you need to get for your kitchen splashback installation:

  • Glass, tile, or other splashback material of your choice
  • Tile adhesive or adhesive specific to the material
  • Grout (for tile splashbacks)
  • Caulk and caulk gun

You’ll also need a wide set of tools and equipment, including:

  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Trowel or adhesive spreader
  • Tile spacers (for tile splashbacks)
  • Tile cutter (for tile splashbacks)
  • Grout float (for tile splashbacks)
  • Squeegee or sponge (for grouting tile splashbacks)
  • Safety goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Gloves
  • Safety utility knife

How To Install A Kitchen Splashback

How To Install A Kitchen Splashback

Now that you’ve gathered the materials, it’s time to get started with your kitchen splashback installation. The process can be intricate, so make sure to follow each step with attention to detail and caution.

  1. Measure and Prepare: Measure the area on the wall where you’ll install the splashback. Write down the accurate measurement and add a couple of extra inches for cuts and adjustments. You’ll also need to wipe down the wall to get rid of dust and grease with the help of a cleaning solution.
  2. Mark Your Reference Lines: Using your pencil and level, mark horizontal and vertical reference lines on the wall. This step may seem unnecessary, but it’ll provide crucial guidance when you’re putting the splashback in place. It’s unavoidable if you want the end result to be straight and aligned.
  3. Apply Adhesive: For tile splashbacks, you’ll need to start from the centerline and work outwards. Apply a small amount of material-specific adhesive on the wall before adding ridges or lines with the help of a trowel or adhesive spreader. These ridges will help the splashback material hold on to the adhesive and last longer. It’s best to read the manufacturer’s instructions to find out how thick the ridges should be.
  4. Install the Splashback Material: Finally, it’s time to install the splashback material to the wall. Align the first piece of the material with the reference lines, making sure it’s completely straight. For tile splashbacks, you’ll need to use tile spacers to maintain adequate distance between each piece. You can also cut the tiles to size if your splashback area is limited.
  5. Allow the Adhesive to Cure: Once you’ve added all the pieces of splashback material, give the adhesive some time to cure. Typically, it can take one to two days, but it’s always better to check the manufacturer’s instructions. Moving on to the next step without letting the adhesive cure will make your splashback fall out much sooner.
  6. Grout (For Tile Installation): If you’ve installed a tile splashback, you can’t forget to grout. Use the manufacturer’s instructions to mix your grout before using a grout float to apply it between each tile. Approaching it with a 45-degree angle is the best way to ensure proper grouting. Once each gap is grouted, use a damp sponge to get rid of excess material and let it cure for 24 hours again.
  7. Caulk the Edges: Most kitchen splashback materials also need to be caulked on the edges for extra stability. Use a caulk gun to apply caulk where the splashback meets the countertops and wall cabinets. This will prevent mould growth since it leaves no room for moisture to seep behind the splashback or your countertops.
  8. Add the Final Touches: Your DIY kitchen splashback installation is almost complete, but not without the final touches! Wipe down the splashback surface one last time with a cleaning solution to make it squeaky clean. If the tile spacers are still visible, don’t forget to remove them for a sharper finish.

Maintenance And Care

You’ve installed your kitchen splashback, but how do you keep it looking as good as new? It’s all about the proper maintenance and care. Here’s how to do it:

  • Regular Cleaning: Even the most low-maintenance backsplash materials need to be regularly cleaned. It’s as simple as using a cleaning solution to wipe them down and avoid long-term dirt and grime buildup. In most cases, you can use a sponge to get the job done but go for vinegar if you’re dealing with a tough stain.
  • Grout Care: If you’ve installed tile splashbacks, you’ll be surprised at how quickly grout can accumulate dirt and grime. You’ll need to maintain the grout’s white appearance with a cleaning solution. Other than that, keep an eye out for cracks that can affect the splashback’s structural integrity. A great practice is to seal the grout lines every year to prevent cracking or staining.
  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Splashback materials typically have smooth surfaces. Make sure not to use abrasive scrubbing tools while cleaning them; a soft sponge will do. It’s also better to stay away from abrasive or acidic cleaners.
  • Avoid Excessive Moisture: Even with efficient grouting and caulking, moisture will eventually find its way through the tiniest cracks and cause immense water damage. To avoid this, make sure the splashback isn’t damp for too long. Remember to wipe it down with a dry cloth now and then.
  • Recaulking: Your caulking work will eventually deteriorate or discolor, typically in five years. Don’t forget to recaulk your splashback to prevent water damage and maintain structural integrity.


Installing a kitchen splashback yourself is no easy feat. But with the right guidance and tips, you can make the most of your DIY skills and save money on a professional installation. So, follow our step-by-step instructions and enjoy your upgraded kitchen on a budget!

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Barsha Bhattacharya
Barsha Bhattacharya is a senior content writing executive. As a marketing enthusiast and professional for the past 4 years, writing is new to Barsha. And she is loving every bit of it. Her niches are marketing, lifestyle, wellness, travel and entertainment. Apart from writing, Barsha loves to travel, binge-watch, research conspiracy theories, Instagram and overthink.

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