If you have ordered a glass splashback, but are not using our measure and fit service, then you are going to need to ensure it is installed correctly to get the most out of it. That’s why we have put together this guide on how to fit a glass splashback. Although our splashbacks can be fit in both bathrooms and kitchens, in this guide we will be referring to fitting a kitchen splashback. This is also a guide to fitting the splashback when using adhesive. If you are planning on using wall screws, contact us for more detailed advice.
Prepare The Wall or Tiles for the Splashback
Before you start applying anything to either the splashback or the wall itself. You need to ensure that both surfaces are as clean as the can be. Remember that in most cases you will not be able to see through your glass splashback to the wall behind. Therefore any marks or dirt on the wall won’t be visible.
Perform a Final Measure of the Wall
Next perform a measure of your wall. Not only do you want to perform a final check to ensure that the splashback fits. But if you have multiple splashbacks to put up. Or if you need to centre your splashback behind a hob or under a cooker hood. You need to do all you can to get the glass positioned exactly right in your kitchen. There is nothing more frustrating than a misaligned splashback in your home!
Adding the Adhesive to the Glass Splashback
Following this you will need to add the adhesive to the reverse of the glass splashback. When you are adding the adhesive ensure you lay the splashback on top of a towel or something similar. This is just an extra precaution to take against protecting the front of the splashback.
We would recommend first adding the silicone in a dotted line around the outside of the splashback. Ensure you are leaving a gap between the adhesive and the edge of the splashback. Remember that when you press the splashback to the wall the silicone will spread. Putting it too close to the edge could cause it to seep over the sides when it is placed on the wall.
Once you have added adhesive around the sides, add equally sized dots of silicone to the centre of the splashback. These need to be evenly spaced across the glass, about 75mm apart and should be around the size of a 50 pence piece.
Put the Splashback in Place
Next you need to put the glass itself into space. We have found that its best to start by placing the bottom edge of the splashback in to place. Then work slowly upwards, until you have the top of the splashback in place. When is it in the desired position, place careful and even pressure across the whole of the splashback.
Placing even pressure allows you to tell if the whole of the splashback is covered by the adhesive. If any spots on the splashback are to not have an adequate amount on it, then this will feel like they are springing back off the wall. If you have any spots like this, you will need to add more silicone to these points.
Wait for the Adhesive to Dry
Finally allow 24 hours for your splashback to dry. The splashback should not be touched during this time as the splashback could move if the sealant is not completely dry. You should also avoid using your kitchen as much as possible during this time. This allows splashbacks the best conditions possible for application, giving you the best chance of achieving a professional finish.
Once it has dried run the silicone around all 4 sides of the splashback. This will create a seal around it and protect it from liquids penetrating the rear of the glass.
While you can install your glass splashback yourself. We would always recommend that you take advantage of our measure and fit service. Especially if you have chosen the fixing screws option rather than adhesive. If you would like further information why not contact us.