The most cost-effective way to add a splashback to your kitchen is to order it online and fit it yourself. All well and good, but exactly how difficult is it to fit a kitchen splashback?
Is it something you can tackle yourself with a few basic tools, or is it better to bring in a local contractor?
The answer depends entirely on your knack for DIY. If you know your way around a basic household toolbox, then yes – fitting your own splashback is something you can definitely do. By contrast, buyers with no DIY experience and no tool experience whatsoever at their disposable may be better off hiring help.
Either way, fitting a kitchen splashback is a fairly straightforward process. The job comprises just five simple steps, calling for little to no specialist skills or equipment.
Here’s a rough outline of how it works:
1. Prepare the Surface
The first thing you need to do is ensure that the surface beneath is flawlessly clean, dry and sanitary. Give the whole space an intensive clean ahead of time, and ensure it is fully dry before moving on to the next step.
2. Check the Size of the Opening
If you order a kitchen splashback online, it should have arrived flawlessly made-to-measure. This means it should fit the opening (or desired location) with pinpoint precision, and no further adjustments should be necessary. Still, it is better to check this is the case, before you start adding adhesive to your walls.
3. Apply adhesive
You can now begin the process of adding strips of adhesive to your wall, either in the form of a standard silicone adhesive or special adhesive strips. Your supplier will advise on the type of adhesive you need for your splashback, or you can ask your local hardware retailer. Apply the adhesive in strips, leaving a gap of around 2 to 3 centimetres between each.
4. Press the Panel into Place
The next step is to firmly but carefully press the adhesive panel into place, using a spirit level if necessary to ensure it is perfectly straight. You will then need to hold the panel in place for as long as it states in the adhesive manufacturer’s guidelines – usually just a few minutes or so. After which, around 24 hours is usually needed for the adhesive to fully cure.
5. Seal the Edges
Most kitchen splashbacks (with the occasional exception) need to be sealed around the edges to create a watertight seal. This is to prevent grease, grime and moisture from accumulating behind the panel, which could eventually compromise the integrity of the surface beneath. Use a high-quality silicone sealer to create a flawless seal around the edge of your splashback, before giving it time to fully cure.
Your kitchen splashback is now secured firmly in place, and with just an occasional wipe will continue to serve your kitchen proudly for many decades to come.