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Glass Tiles as Backsplashes in Denver – How Hygienic Are They?

Petra Slate

The wall directly behind your stove is regularly bombarded by both microscopic and visible cooking splatters. This unavoidable consequence of food preparation is why so many modern residential kitchens feature backsplashes in this area. Rather than striking and staining paint, a glass tile mosaic backsplash takes the brunt of this daily assault why providing decades of beautiful service.

Tiles DenverHowever, with so many food contamination concerns in the news these days, just how hygienic is a glass mosaic backsplash?

Arguing in favor of glass tiles as backsplashes in Denver kitchens is the almost totally inert nature of the material. Glass admirably resists reactions with acidic foods like tomato based sauces and it doesn’t deteriorate while being scrubbed with most household cleaners used to cut grease, as many of those have a citric acid base.

What seems to argue against a glass mosaic backsplash, as far as kitchen cleanliness goes, is the multifaceted nature of the installation and any grout spaces that are in it. Some may look askance at dozens—or scores—of small glass tiles and be forgiven for thinking that every nook and cranny of the backsplash potentially harbors E.Coli or some other dangerous bug that cannot be readily wiped out.

Fortunately, any such misgivings arise from a misconception about biology. Unlike half-alive, partially inert viruses, which are not commonly found in foodstuffs, nearly all food borne pathogens are bacterium, and as such, need something to feed on to become a colony of such organisms. Glass is a very inhospitable environment for bacteria, so too is grout for that matter.

Glass tiles do not lend themselves to accumulating carbohydrate debris. Even the most casual cleaning will not allow splattered starches and other potential growth media to remain for bacteria to thrive in. Furthermore, if such bacteria do become lodged between tiles, in the grout, they won’t find it easy living there either. Grout, like all cement type products, contains minerals that raise its pH level well above normal. Grout is too alkali an environment for bacteria to live in. It’s rather like the organism finding itself plunked down in a desert wasteland.

Therefore, if you are ever quizzed by the home owner about contamination of food from a glass tile mosaic backsplash, you can put the issue to rest in short order. Glass tiles, in Denver and elsewhere in the region, contribute to good kitchen cleanliness rather than present any sort of problem when used in a backsplash installation.

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