Cleaning kitchen wall

Hi Group:
I have to clean a kitchen wall that has about 10 years worth of cooking grease and food stains (tomato sauce). Scrubbing seems to be taking forever. Are any of those steam cleaners worth their salt? Or is plain old elbow grease the only way to go. P.S. I have tried Fantastik and cleanser (separate trys). Also, what is the best way to paint closets?
Thanks.
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steamer will work as should any of the cleaners made for grease
Wayne

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TSP (trisodium phosphate) available at any good paint store is the best wall cleaner/ prep.
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DanG wrote:

Just make sure that the TSP you buy actually has trisodium phosphate in it -- "TSP" brand contains NO trisodium phosphate.
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Thank you!

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anonomous wrote:

If it doesn't come off with fantastic, it won't come off. Sand, prime, paint. Make sure you've rinsed the wall well.
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wrote:

It can be hazardous to use, but oven cleaner works great on dissolving grease. A non-spray type will be much safer to use. Use chemical rubber gloves, protective clothing, and safety glasses. Allow the product to work for 10 minutes or so, then rinse with clear water.
Painting a closet is just like painting a small room, but a trouble light may be helpful.
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Oven cleaner can be used to strip paint and other finishes. There are cleaners made to remove grease and dirt from painted surfaces. They should be used instead. In this particular case, if the stains can not be removed, the wall needs to be repainted.
Good Luck.

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