cleaning protecting slate kitchen back splach
We are consider material for a new back splash that will go all the way down to the kitchen counter top (which is new). I was first looking a ceramic tile, as that is very easy to clean and water proof, but we find we like the look of brick. We are considering both a very small 1" square slate tile and a 1" x 2" slate tile. Both are mounted on a netting backer and come in 1 foot square sheets (I believe).
My concern is cleaning the slate, it is not slick like most ceramic tile, and the small size means more grout lines/area.
I will check with the tile store, but assume the slate/grout hast to be sealed after installation, and maybe annually.
I seek advice on cleaning/maintenance.