Say you’re inspired to revamp your kitchen backsplash. Perhaps some gleaming new subway tiles are calling your name, and you can’t wait to get your hands on them.
Suddenly, your momentum grinds to a halt due to an obstacle in the way: your preexisting granite backsplash.
Before giving up on your remodeling dreams, keep reading our helpful guide on how to remove granite backsplash. Our tips will ensure that the entire process is straightforward, stress-free, and damage-free.
How to Remove Granite Backsplash for an Upgrade
Upgrading your tile backsplash can give your kitchen an entirely new character. However, it’s important to prepare the wall correctly before installation (unless the character you crave is “rough around the edges”).
The preexisting tiling between your cabinetry and countertop was likely built to stand the test of time, meaning that it may be mounted with powerful adhesives. When you remove granite backsplash from your wall, be sure to follow these steps:
- Step 1: To mitigate the risk of damage during removal, cover any areas surrounding your backsplash with a drop cloth. Drop cloths should be secured using masking tape.
- Step 2: Remove any fixture covers (such as wall plates, etc.) from your backsplash. You can do this by using a screwdriver to remove all screws and then lifting the covers away.
- Step 3: Begin to strip caulking from the edges of the granite where the backsplash meets the countertop and the wall. Cut the caulking with a utility knife, then separate from the edge of the backsplash using a stiff putty knife.
- Step 4: Slide the putty knife’s blade between the seam of the backsplash and the wall on the open end. Begin separating the backsplash from the wall by tapping the putty knife’s handle with a hammer.
- Step 5: Dislodge the putty knife, then reinsert it at the top edge of the backsplash between the wall. Continue tapping the handle using your hammer and keep separating the backsplash from the wall.
- Step 6: Move the putty knife along the length of the backsplash and continue hammering it through the adhesives. Finally, gently pull the backsplash away from the wall.
When you take the time to remove granite backsplash with care, you can successfully prime your kitchen for a makeover. Creating a blank space to work with is just the first step though—now the real fun begins!
Get Ready For Your Kitchen Makeover
When you’re ready for a kitchen remodel of any scale, partner with the professionals. The kitchen design experts at Special Additions would be thrilled to assist you during your next project, from matching new cabinetry to your revamped backsplash and beyond. We’ll guide you every step of the way to achieving your dream kitchen. If you’re searching for high-quality cabinets, cutting-edge design, and phenomenal customer service, contact us today!