I am cleaning up a rental (you know what that means) apartment
and the grease on the walls around the stove is proving very
difficult to remove. Tried: Baking Soda, TSP, Dishwashing
Detergent, Bleach, WD40, Lysol, Spray Nine. Tomorrow I'll
try Dunk (automotive degreaser). It just isn't coming off.
I guess I could scrape it too and then sand it but that'll
make an unholy dusty mess of the kitchen. We want to
paint the whole apartment so if the paint comes off,
that's OK too. Underneath is probably plaster. Not drywall.
Any other suggestions? thanks...thehick
Ask for the stuff Limbaugh reccomends. Greased Lighning. It's lye
and some soap. Much the same as oven cleaner. Definitely needs
gloves, lye eats skin.
I've had good results with Simple Green. And I like the root beer
barrel scent. Nylon scrubby pads, gloves, rinse.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
You need a stronger alkaline cleaner. Heavy duty oven cleaner, or
undiluted extra strength (10% to 27%) ammonium hydroxide. You can get
the ammonia at Ace Hardware for about $2.50 per quart.
If you want something cheap and less nasty to work with, you can try
washing soda and hot water first. Don't expect it to work, but it's
worth a try.
I recommend the oven cleaner.
thanks for the suggestions. i knew about greased lightning but
i haven't seen it yet. i'll try walmart tomorrow. hmmm.
alkaline cleaner? is that a clue for me that i've been
using the wrong type of cleaner?
You were on the right track with the TSP, but it's not strong enough.
You need something that will attack polymerized vegetable oil, and that
something is lye. It has gotten almost impossible to buy lye anymore,
but heavy duty oven cleaner will contain either lye or some kind of
caustic amine chemical that is almost as alkaline and will work.
If you try the washing soda, it comes in a big yellow box, and is
sometimes hard to find. It's not the same thing as baking soda. It
will be next to the borax in the laundry detergent aisle.
I probably shouldn't have mentioned the extra strength ammonia because
its fumes are so bad.
Most alkaline cleaners have the word hydroxide in their list of
ingredients. Lye is sodium hydroxide, for an example.
Alkalines turn grease into soap, a process called saponification.
It's how folks used to make soap. Lye mixed with animal fats, and
You can do the same, and the resulting soap rinses off the walls
easier than dried grease.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
Once you have tried the things you said then you are not expected to
do anything else, especially on a rental. It's clean enough for
paint. I use an oil-based enamel on problem surfaces, a real problem
I just got some stuff at Sam's- says it is for commercial use only-
and you definitely want to use gloves.
"Proforce"- works wonders on baked on grease- says it is good for
ovens, grills, etc. The second ingredient [after water] is Sodium
Hydroxide aka lye. Comes in a handy spray bottle.
OTOH- its a rental. . .get it close and paint it.
Washing soda. Not baking soda, washing soda. Available in many grocery stores
on the same aisle as laundry detergent. When you find the "20-Mule Team
Borax", you're getting close.
Mix a cup or two of it into a gallon of warm water, and start scrubbing.
It's nearly as effective a degreaser as lye, but nowhere nearly as dangerous.
Just the same, wear rubber gloves and goggles. You don't want to splash the
stuff in your eyes, and without gloves you will soon know the *exact* location
of every tiny nick, cut, hangnail, or splinter on your fingers and hands.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
On May 2, 8:30 am, email@example.com (Doug Miller) wrote:
I understand. Tomorrow. Today I tried full-strength Dunk
which usually cleans my engine pretty well. No effect
on the greasy walls! I checked Rona and Walmart and couldn't
find any lye. Got some oven cleaner. Tomorrow I'll go
to Sam's Club and check their cleaning aisle. Gonna look
for Washing Soda and something-hydroxide.
thanks to all for bearing with me on this mission...thehick
A question of how to remove grease was asked and to this I say:
Try fresh vegetable oil. Just take corn oil, canola,peanut or what
have on A rag and massage the walls. The new stuff liquefies the old
oil and grease than after it is liquified it can be removed with any
I have not tried this on on drywall but it works on hard surfaces like
stove tops and counters so it should work on plaster.
Simple Green. Start with a 25 % solution in w hot repeat hot water.
If that doesnt work, go to 50 % solution. In hot water.
Let it sit / stand whatever on surface for 5 - 10 ,imutes. Rinse with
hot water. Use A LOT of dry loth towels to soak up dirty water.
When I moved into my house, I found parts of my stove too greasy. I
thought nothing was working, but the truth was it was working, greenie
with tough detergent. Just that it was removing layers of grease, but
there was many, many layers of grease. After a while I won.
tom @ www.MeetANewFriend.com
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