The kitchen splashback is an important element in the kitchen. Not only does the splashback help make your kitchen look good, it has a purpose. Splashbacks are there to stop water from getting behind the cupboards and ultimately the walls.
Without the splashback, the constant wet and dry conditions (especially around the sink) start to deteriorate the wall sheeting, kitchen cupboards. In extreme cases, the wall framing will suffer from water damage.
Sealing the kitchen splashback
Sealing of the splashback is something that gets overlooked. There should be a gap of 2-3mm around all of the edges. Having this gap, allows the sealant to bond to all the surfaces. By giving the sealant some volume, it will last longer.
What if you have a gap bigger than 2-3mm? It easier to fill the gap with a couple attempts. The first attempt, the sealant should be kept below flush or the finished surfaces. And the second time, fill the remainder of the gap to the desired level.
Maintaining the kitchen splashback
Over time the sealant around the splashback will deteriorate. Maintenence is required at the first signs of the sealant coming away.
Replacing the old sealant is a straight forward process. Using a utility knife, cut along the benchtop and across the splashback. Ensure that all the old sealant is removed. Once the area is clean, install the new sealant.
Without sealing or maintaining your splashback sealant, the splashback will not prevent water from getting into your walls. As you can imagine this could become a costly exercise to repair any water damage.