Grease stains most often come from food. You might drop it on your shirt, or you may experience splatter as you cook something in cooking oil or butter. such as cooking oil or butter. Grease stains can also build up on your cookware over time. The marks they leave are unsightly and stubborn, but can be appropriately cleaned with a little bit of care. Try not to let the grease sit, but treat it immediately, first removing the excess, applying a solvent, and then cleaning.
- The best way to remove extra grease from fresh stains is to sprinkle cornmeal, flour or some other absorbent powder over it and scrape it off. If you’re dealing with old stains where the grease has dried and set, squirt a little bit of WD-40 on it. Although this may seem counter-intuitive, it will moisten the grease so that it can be removed.
- For fabrics, use a grease solvent. Most laundry and carpet spot-treatments contain one (check the bottle), and for most stains that will be adequate. If you’re dealing with a really tough grease stain then automotive hand cleaners—the type designed to get engine grease off your hands—may do the trick. Be sure that this won’t destroy your fabric first. Wash clothes and clean upholstery with an upholstery cleaner or spot cleaner.
- Carpets are treated in a similar fashion, using a spot treatment that lists grease among the things it removes. Follow the instructions. You may want to finish with shampooing your carpet.
- Cookware is a different matter altogether. All you need is some ammonia and strong garbage bag that’s big enough to hold everything you need cleaned. Put the items plus a half a cup of ammonia into the bag, close it tightly and put it outside for at least twelve hours. When you remove the items, the grease should just wipe off. You may repeat this if need be. Wash everything before using it again and dispose of the bag and ammonia.
- As always, you should be careful about using untested cleaners on fabrics or carpets. Try just a little bit in a spot where it won’t be seen, and don’t use any more than you have to to get the spots up. In some cases you may want to take your clothes to a dry cleaner and have it professionally removed, especially when dealing with expensive or delicate fabrics. It’s always easier to clean stains when they’re fresh, so treat grease as soon as you realize it’s made a mark.
Messy eaters have no reason to despair, as their clothes can still look pristine, no matter how many times they drop food on them. The quicker you are to treat a stain, the more likely you are succeed. Whatever you do, don’t run it through a dryer or iron it before you’ve had a chance to treat the stain, since that will cause it to set into the fabric. After that, you’ll have a much harder time cleaning it effectively.