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Fresh Tips: How to Clean Backsplash Made of Tin Tile

When you’re picturing your weekly cleaning routines in areas like the bathroom or kitchen, you may wonder how exactly to treat your tin tile backsplash. With its 3D embossed pattern and flexible tin metal construction, perhaps you’re concerned that your tin tile will rust or be a pain to clean well. 

Here at American Tin Ceilings, we’re happy to tell you that tin tile as a backsplash could not be easier to clean, even with regular oil or grease splatters from cooking in the kitchen, to moisture and steam residue after a bubble bath in your bathroom. 

A tin tile backsplash is not only water-, heat-, and rust-resistant, it also doesn’t require any special treatments or mixtures to keep its shiny like-new appearance. For daily to weekly wipe-downs, all you need is a little mild soap and water . . . that’s it!  We’ll cover a few tips and tricks on how to keep your tin tile backsplash in clean and pristine condition.

Easy Does It: Water + Soap = Clean Tin Tile Backsplash

If you get oil or grease spots on your kitchen tin tile backsplash, clean them off with a soft non-abrasive sponge. Mix warm water with a simple soap (like a dish detergent) inside a bucket. Then use this soap/water mix to wipe down each tin tile. Also be sure to dry each area with a clean towel.

Need More Cleaning Power?  

For areas where you have more areas of old grease or oil spots you missed on the tin tile backsplash, simply upgrade the power of your soap. You can do this by mixing water with a heavier-duty dish detergent soap that cuts through grease. Simple Green® All-Purpose Cleaner is a mild chemical cleaner and good grease remover option for cleaning tin tile.

What to NOT Use When Cleaning Tin Tile Backsplash

While it’s easy to clean backsplash made of tin tile, there are a few ingredients to avoid. Although the powder coated finish on tin tile is strong, it can get run down or damaged by acidic cleaners like vinegar or lemon juice, as well as caustic ones like bleach or ammonia. Avoid these few extreme formulas, and when in doubt, you can always wipe down tin tile with simple water and mild soap.

Shiny & Clean: Tin Tile Cleaning Tips

Aside from how easy it is to care for tin tile backsplash, consider staying on top of hygiene and cleaning habits, especially in places like the bathroom or kitchen.

If you ever spot mold—which can occur when humidity is too high—check for more signs on the ceilings, walls, and floors. Don’t be afraid to call a mold inspector/removal professional to run mold tests and ensure there is no black mold or bigger issues at hand.


Now that you know how to clean backsplash made of tin tile, you can see why tin is a unique alternative to other common backsplash materials like tile, porcelain, ceramic, or stone.

If you’re looking to make a one-of-a-kind (and easy-to-clean) statement in your kitchen or bathroom, consider American Tin Ceilings’ wide assortment of tin tile backsplash designs and color finishes.

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