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I see many kitchens with subway tiles on their backsplash in design magazines, but this isn't a popular design here in Singapore.

It seems like most people consider it a durable option, but I have been trying to find out if there will be problems like grime sticking between the tile 'gaps'. Is this something I need to be looking out for?

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I suppose it depends on how messy you are when doing your food prep. That said, you can seal grout so make it less prone to staining. –  DA01 Mar 22 '13 at 6:30
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The best is to seal your grout. What some do not realize is that the grout needs to be sealed every 3 years. Especially if it is a heavily cleaned area or use.

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