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How to Remove Grease Stains

It's easy to get rid of grease stains with this simple guide! Read on to find out all you need to know about cleaning grease stains on kitchen surfaces.

It’s often when you least expect it: you’re preparing lunch or dinner, and suddenly there are grease stains everywhere – on the appliances, furniture and walls – right?

Don’t panic! Even if these marks look like glue, they aren’t difficult to remove. It just depends on finding the right product to remove grease stains. Act fast, though – if you don’t clean them off soon after they appear, the stains may be tougher to remove and will require heavier cleaning products and techniques.

Read on to find out simple and practical solutions for removing grease stains in your kitchen to make sure your it always looks sparkling clean. Before you start, remember to read and follow your chosen product’s instructions and use it in a well-ventilated area, wearing gloves to protect your hands, and testing any product on a small, inconspicuous area first.

How to Remove Grease Stains in the Kitchen

Walls

To clean the walls of your kitchen, it’s important to know the paint that was used on them. The product that you’ll use for grease removal will depend on the paint base: if it is acrylic, matte, or water-based. There are some fantastic commercial cleaning products available, for example Cif; just check the label to make sure that you’re using one that’s suitable for the paint on your walls. These products are very speedy and easy to use, but if you’d prefer to opt for a homemade solution there are some options available.

  • To remove grease stains from walls painted with acrylic paint or matte paint and also tiles, a good tip is to use a multipurpose cleaner – just read the labels to find the appropriate one for your walls. Another option is to use a solution of 3 litres of water and three tablespoons of white vinegar and wipe the wall with a soft sponge. Rinse and then dry the wall with a clean cloth.
  • If the paint used on the wall was water-based, don’t use a multipurpose cleaner – this could remove the paint colour. Clean the wall with a soft sponge soaked in a solution with water and soap, or you can try vinegar. This can smell pretty strongly though, so be sure to rinse well afterwards.
  • If you’re not sure which paint was used on your wall, do a test on an inconspicuous area before you start cleaning grease stains.

Bin

Use an old cloth, that can be discarded after the cleaning process, to clean the bin. Just put some Cif on the cloth and wipe down the surface, inside and out, and rub it in – the cleaner does the rest of the work, getting rid of marks and tackling any lurking bacteria. Bins can be pretty grubby after heavy use, so it’s best to do this operation outside the house to avoid spreading dirt on the kitchen floor.

Floor

Put 3 litres of water and a good quality disinfectant in a bucket, following the directions on the label to make sure you’re using it correctly and safely. Soak a cloth or a mop in this mixture and clean the floor. Rinse and then dry the floor.

Kitchen cabinets

Remove all the dishes, pots and platters from the kitchen cabinets. Cif Cream Lemon Surface Cleaner is a great option, but if you’d prefer a homemade option, dip a sponge in 3 litres of water and three tablespoons of white vinegar to clean the cabinets. Rinse and then dry them with a clean cloth.

How to Remove Grease Stains from Appliances

Hob

  • Apply some Cif with a soft sponge, leaving it for a minute to let it loosen up and cut through the caked on grease. Then rinse with a damp cloth.
  • When it comes to cleaning the spare parts of the hob, there are a number of commercial cleaning products that will work well; just read the label to make sure you’ve got the right one for you. Alternatively, you can try mixing your own. Combine the juice of a lemon with two tablespoons of sugar or salt. Then rub this mixture in with a sponge and rinse well to prevent stickiness. Dry before putting it back on the hob.

Microwave

  • There are commercial products designed specifically for appliances like the microwave that will work very well here, but if you’re keen to try a home remedy try making up a mixture of vinegar and water in the proportion of half each. Use this solution on the interior of the microwave with a sponge, then dry it.
  • Remove the tray of the microwave and wash it with soap and water in the sink. Dry and place it back. Check out our guide on cleaning a microwave for more advice.

With these cleaning tips, cleaning grease in your kitchen should be quick and easy! Remember to regularly put them into practice to prevent the accumulation of dirt, which can make more work for you next time.

If you’ve got grease on your clothes as well as your surfaces, check out our articles on oil and grease removal from clothes for helpful advice.

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When cleaning grease stains, we recommend selecting a specifically targeted commercial cleaning product rather than a homemade solution. Good quality cleaning products, such as those from the Cif range, can spare you unnecessary preparation time and effort.