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Old 09-30-2015, 06:37 PM   #1
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kitchen backsplash material

My wife ordered stacked stone (looks like irregular flagstone material) for a kitchen backsplash. Apparently the flooring and tile place told her that it was the latest "thing", and perfectly acceptable and we both love the look. I was hesitant when I saw it. It was installed today and I don't think it was a good recommendation.

It is irregular in depth, has tons of joints and crevices to catch food and liquids, and electric outlets and switches are impossible to mount securely. Liquid could splash behind an outlet since there is no seal there as they are impossible to seal tight properly.

A remodeler who installed the sink said he can't believe someone sold us this stuff for a backsplash. In his experience, most people end up taking it out. Anyone with experience here? Thanks for your help!
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If it is going to be a huge disappointment--you know what you need to do.

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There is a reason they call it a "backsplash." Stacked stone isn't exactly easily washed and cleaned.

Stacked stone may look good to a designer, but "in" usually means expensive and impractical.
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Remove it and pick something better suited to the location.
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Oh boy is right.

Hard to believe someone recommended that stuff for a kitchen backsplash.

Maybe they thought you were gonna use a power-washer to clean up.

Remove it soon, the sooner the better,(easier).

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Electricals are not "sealed", unless it is gasket sealed covers. You are not supposed to throw water at it. They are supposed to be certain distance away from the sink. Use GFI outlets.
If you still like the look, accept it. I'd try to find what is good about it, than thinking it can't be kept antiseptic. I rarely cleaned the backsplash. It was cheap marble with grout joints. Germs are on these surfaces as well.
New material, so find another way to clean it. Those steam cleaners may do a good job. Or spray the cleaner, use scrub brush and vacuum off.
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It is a popular look right now. When I'm with a customer I try to discuss with them the practicality of these for their backslashes. Had a customer choose it for behind a pellet stove today. A better location than as a backsplash, but it will probably be a great dust collector.
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