Upstand or Splashback? Protecting Your Kitchen Walls from Daily Dirt

In the heart of your home, the kitchen, it’s easy to forget the unsung heroes, bearing the brunt of daily cooking, splatters, spills and even the cleaning products that come afterwards. We’re talking about the walls of course! And you have two options to protect them. So what will it be? An upstand or splashback?

Let’s explore the differences between the two, the reasons for choosing each one, how they’re installed, and the aftercare required to keep them, and your walls, looking great. So, let’s explore the question: Upstand or splashback?

What are upstands and splashbacks?


Upstands are small strips of material installed along the edge of the worktop, typically ranging from 5cm to 10cm in height. They provide a seamless transition between the worktop and the wall, offering protection against splashes while adding a subtle decorative element to the kitchen. They’re generally made of stone materials like quartz or granite, but can also be featured in kitchens with compact laminate worktops and newer materials like Corian, etc.


Splashbacks, on the other hand, are larger panels that cover a significant portion of the wall behind the hob or sink. They provide comprehensive protection against splatters and stains, effectively safeguarding the entire area from daily dirt. Again, they’re often made of the same material as the worktop.

Why should I use an upstand or splashback?

Benefits of Upstands:

  • Upstands offer a minimalist and sleek aesthetic, perfect for contemporary kitchen designs.
  • They are easy to install and can be seamlessly integrated into existing kitchen configurations.
  • Upstands provide adequate protection for the immediate area around the worktop, preventing moisture and grime buildup.

Advantages of Splashbacks:

  • Splashbacks offer comprehensive coverage, protecting a larger surface area from stains and splashes.
  • They serve as a focal point in the kitchen, allowing for creative expression through the choice of materials and designs.
  • Splashbacks are highly durable and easy to clean, making them a practical choice for busy households.

Installation and Aftercare:

Installation Process:

  • Both upstands and splashbacks require careful measurement and precise installation to ensure a seamless fit.
  • Adhesives play a crucial role in securing these elements to the wall. Unika’s adhesive range offers reliable solutions for a strong and long-lasting bond.


  • Regular cleaning is essential to maintain the appearance of both upstands and splashbacks. A gentle detergent and a soft cloth are usually sufficient for removing dirt and grease.
  • For stubborn stains, Unika’s specialised cleaning products provide effective solutions without damaging the surface of the upstand or splashback.

Introducing Unika Products:


Unika’s TopSeal, a hybrid sealant and adhesive, is ideal for securing upstands and splashbacks. Its waterproof properties ensure a durable and moisture-resistant bond.  TopSeal is also used to offer a tough colour match seal for the joint between upstand/backsplash and worktop.


For seamless joints and repairs, Unika’s ColorFill offers colour-matched solutions that blend seamlessly with the surrounding material, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the kitchen.

So, in your battle against daily dirt and grime, and that pasta sauce simmering over and exploding up your walls, upstands and splashbacks stand as stalwart defenders. Whether you opt for the understated elegance of upstands, or choose the more comprehensive coverage and statement appearance of a splashback, or just go for both! …Unika can provide a durable and long-lasting installation with a range of adhesives and sealants. With proper care and maintenance, your walls will remain in tip-top condition, so you can splash around in your ramen or have a pizza food-fight in the kitchen (if that’s your thing) without worrying about the aftermath.