I don’t like when grease pops and lands right in my eyeball. Who does, right? But I still love cooking up some greasy foods. Even when I’m being “healthy” and frying up some pan seared salmon, popping oil in my pan just can’t be avoided!
After you fry basically anything in a skillet, there is a mess of grease to wipe up off your stove and countertops. But almost always, in virtually any house I’ve ever been to, the walls don’t get the same attention until it is a problem.
Oil and grease rests there on the surface. At first not enough to be an eyesore, or hardly even visible. But it’s building. Every time cleaning product isn’t applied, the grease is growing!
Today we’re going to go over how to deal with grease buildup around your stove and on your walls.
Removing Tough Grease Stains From Walls
When you are dealing with the kinds of grease stains that I mentioned in the beginning- the kind that have steadily built up over time, it’s going to take more work to eliminate them.
Think of it this way. It took a lot of time for those stains to form, it’s going to take a lot of time for them to go away. Not nearly as much time, but it will take more than a wipe of a wet cloth.
For these tough wall stains, you’ll want to use a cream degreaser. Remember to read the label and instructions before using any cleaning product. Also remember to wear protective clothing, to protect your skin. If possible, open a window for ventilation or work in a ventilated area.
Anyways, the reason you want to use cream as opposed to liquid is because a liquid can’t really sit on the stain for the extended period of time it needs to. Only a cream can be applied and left for more than a second.
Actually, you’ll want your degreaser to sit on the stain for approximately 10 minutes to do its thing. Remember, it took a long time to build that stain, so it will take a long time to get it off.
- Apply the degreaser to a clean cloth
- Wipe over the stain
- Wait 10 minutes
- Wipe away the degreaser with a fresh damp cloth
- Dry the surface with a fresh dry cloth
Removing Stains From Wooden Surfaces
This will be a bit different because you don’t want to use a tough degreaser that may damage a wooden surface.
Instead of a cream degreaser, try a white spirit on wooden surfaces. You’ll want to make sure the room is well ventilated if using a white spirit and be very careful of anything that could ignite the highly flammable cleaner.
Removing Stains From Painted Walls
You should be able to use regular degreasers on painted surfaces. Make sure to check the label for any specific instructions first. If you can’t find any specific notices regarding different surfaces, try testing the product in a very small, inconspicuous location.
Always Clean As You Go – Moving Forward
In the case of grease build up on your walls, the best cure is prevention. If you found this to be a tedious or arduous task to eliminate a tough stain, make sure to continually clean up as you go.
It only takes a moment to go over your nearby walls when you are cleaning up your counters and stove top after frying something in a pan. Just this little effort, repeated over time, is good enough to stop buildup, which is just the result of little stains gathering over time.