On Sun, 1 Mar 2009 23:24:36 +0000, %email@example.com (Steve Firth)
Best i've found is Hagesan grease away, £2.45 in a 500ml spray bottle
Or google for other suppliers.
Refills are available for a little bit more but are 6x concentrated.
Doesn't attack aluminium.
Steam wallpaper stripper. You can use a handheld "steam cleaener"
gadget too, but they're more expensive and heavy to handle compared to
a cheap steam-bucket & hose.
Use your chemistry too, whatever works, but steam is the trick.
We got a 'proper' steam cleaner, go it 'free' when I bought a pressure
washer. It has a fairly small diameter hose, which makes it very easy
I'm not sure id have ever bought one, but it does work pretty well.
Late into this, but never mind: I must tell you to try White Spirit
(plus lots of kitchen roll). I've used White Spirit for some years
now, having had the same problem you describe.
Having tried lots of things, I discovered that WS works like magic -- no
kidding. You don't need elbow grease, but you do need the kitchen roll
because of the way it all dissolves so quickly.
Having wiped down (or scrubbed, if it's something like your filters) I
wash with warm water and ordinary washing up liquid.
 Or is it Turps? Or will either do? I'll find out when I next do
White spirit works as a solvent, but you also need a detergent to emulsify
the grease it removes. If you try to use a mixture of white spirit & say,
washing up liquid it will work extreemly well for a very short time.
The detergent molecules in the washing up liquid will try to emulsify the
white spirit. Many years ago commercial chemists found a way of blending
solvents & detergents to give hard surface cleaners with outstanding
cleaning power. The early vesions contained 2-butoxyethanol, but it was
found that if you soaked rats in it for 5 years they caught nasty colds - or
something along those lines.
Newer versions contain something similar, but greener, and don't work as
well, but a good commercial hard surface cleaner is a thing of wonderous
Dave - The Medway Handyman
Hi. About cleaning stove hood... best thing I've found to remove that
thick, greasy goop is oil - really! Dollop some veg oil (canola or
whatever) on a rag or old washcloth, spread it around and then rub off
the goo. The oil softens the old oily stuff and it does come off. Have
never tried using cooking spray but that would probably work too. Good
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