The woodwork in the kitchen was last finished (polyurethane) over 30
years ago. Window sills and frames, door frames, wainscoting. It needs
redoing. Q: What's the best way to remove the grease that has
accumulated after 30 years of cooking and only occasional washing?
Tried with limited success: Fantastik and 409 straight from their spray
bottles and also a strong solution of Spic 'n' Span.
Consider a trip to your local janitorial supply store. The pro
products there may be more of what you need for a really tough job.
Consumer products are often watered down versions of more powerful
products to avoid litigation from misuse of stronger faster acting
formulations. The pros are interested in getting the job done quickly,
just as you are.
Amen. How they can sell "Phosphate-Free" TSP boggles the rational mind.
TSP added to dishwashing detergent gets your dishes as clean as the used to
be before phosphates were removed (last June). As I recall, the proper ratio
is 1:20 TSP to powdered detergent. Mix in big bowl, return to box. [cut "X"
in box top, use funnel to return mixture to box, seal "X" with duct tape).
You might want to try "Simple Green". Just dilute it to the
concentration suggested on the label / packaging. It contains solvents that
remove grease and oil really well.
If after cleaning, the surfaces still feel like they are grease / oil
covered, you may actually be removing the finish. Old finishes, especially
those not up to KCMA standards, will deteriorate and actually be partially
removed with standard cleaning techniques. This tends to happen with
finishes applied using hobbyist materials.
If the greasy dirt has been on the wood long enough, it will soften the
finish, which may make the color different if you just renew the clear
finish. For light dirt/grease, any of those cleaners work well
(Fantastic can damage glass) and 409 is my fave. For heavy gunk,
mineral spirits can do a great job and not damage finishes (unless
already damaged by grease); light job, wipe with ms on a rag. Heavy
job, ms and fine steel wool.
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