Remove Grease Stains

The removal of grease stains from any surface can be difficult because grease repels water and other cleaning products that may contain water. Whether it is cooking grease or auto grease these stains are tricky to remove unless you have a few tricks up your sleeve. The following are a few different cleaning tricks for different surfaces and fabrics.

Remove Grease Stains

Remove Grease Stains from Washable Fabrics

What you will need:

  • Absorbent paper towels
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Dry spotter*
  • Wet Spotter**
  • A cleaning brush
  • Sponge

* To create a dry spotter you will need to combine 1 part coconut oil (found at most pharmacies and health food stores) and 8 parts dry-cleaning solvent. Store the dry spotter in an air tight container.

** To create a wet spotter you will need to mix 1 part glycerine (found in the first aid aisle), 1 part white or clear liquid dishwashing detergent, and 8 parts water. Shake well and store in a plastic squeeze bottle.

The fabrics that are considered washable are, but not limited to, acrylic fabric, cotton, linen, monocyclic, olefin, polyester, and spandex. To remove grease stains from these fabrics you can follow these steps:

  1. Like most stains it is easier to remove grease stains from fabric right away. This is the key to quick stain removal. To start you will need to use absorbent paper towels to blot up any wet oil. Remember to blot not rub!
  2. Once all of the excess grease has been picked up leave a clean absorbent paper towel on the grease stain. Allow the paper towel to soak up the stain. Change the paper towel as needed until no more stain is being absorbed.
  3. Next, use a sponge to blot the dry cleaning solvent on the stain. Work in the solvent until the fabric has absorbed it.
  4. Next, you should apply a dry spotter to what is left of the grease stain.
  5. Cover the stain with another clean white absorbent paper towel dampened with the dry spotter. Always keep the paper towel moist with dry spotter. Let this sit until the stain no longer comes up. You can change the paper towel as needed.
  6. If you have a stubborn stain you can always try and loosen the grease stain with your cleaning brush. You will need to lessen the stain by using light strokes with the brush on the fabric. Blot up any grease that comes up right away.
  7. Flush the fabric with the dry cleaning solvent.
  8. Wash the fabric as normal. Inspect the garment. If the stain remains repeat the steps above only use the wet spotter instead of the dry spotter. Remember DO NOT dry the fabric unless the stain has been entirely removed.

Removing Grease Stains from Household Surfaces

What you will need:

  • Warm water
  • Liquid dish washing soap
  • Sponge
  • Clean white clothes
  • Absorbent white paper towels

Removing grease stains from household surfaces such as your stove are a little less complicated than removing them from fabrics. Some household surfaces might include acrylic plastic, aluminum, asphalt, bamboo, cane, ceramic, glass/tile, cork, glass, etc... To remove the oil/grease stains from these surfaces follow these steps:

  1. To begin us a white absorbent paper towel to absorb the excess grease from the surface.
  2. After you have absorbed as much of the grease as you can, make your warm sudsy water. What will work best is white or clear liquid dishwashing detergent. This type of detergent is made to remove and lift grease. Make sure you mix the soap and warm water until it becomes really sudsy.
  3. Use a sponge and sudsy water to wipe the stained area. Continue to rinse the sponge and clean the area until you feel the stain has been lifted.
  4. Rinse the stained area with clean water.
  5. Inspect the area. If the stain remains repeat steps 2-4. If the stain has been removed dry the area.

How to Remove Grease Stains from Wood

What you will need:

  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Hot water
  • Clean white cloth
  • Wood polish or wax

Removing grease stains from wood surfaces or floors can be easier than you may think. You can follow these simple stain removal steps whether you are trying to remove food grease stains or auto grease stains from your wood surfaces or floors.

  1. You will need to begin by mixing warm sudsy water. You can do this by adding the liquid dishwashing detergent to the warm water and swishing it around until the water is really sudsy.
  2. Take your cloth and only dip it into the suds not the water! Gently wipe the cloth along the wood surface or floor.
  3. Use anther clean cloth and moisten it with clean water. Use the damp cloth to rinse the wood.
  4. Finally, allow the wood to fully dry. Inspect the area. If the stain remains repeat the steps above. If the stain has been removed you should polish or wax the wood as soon as possible.