Probably one of the most daunting problems that homeowners commonly face is grease-stained walls. The sight of the smudge can yank your home’s overall appearance down and the feeling that you’re in dingy environment can make you feel uncomfortable. And unfortunately, the greasy stains are often hard to eradicate.
Although a number of commercial products and home remedies can scrape the stain, it generally depends on the wall surface type. Wall stains could be removed, but if it requires a lot of work just consider repainting the walls.
Where Are Greasy Stains Commonly Found?
Grease-stained walls are most common in the kitchen because of cooking. You might also see them on the walls in your garage and seating areas.
White Vinegar: Acid is the archenemy of oil-bases substances. This is why white vinegar is the most common weapon of homeowners against greasy stains on the walls. First, mix the white vinegar with hot water with equal proportions. Second, do it a preliminary cleaning by wiping the grease with a rag. Third, spray the solution on the wall and wait for 1-2 minutes before rubbing it using another clean rug.
Baking Soda: Another effective home remedy is a mixture of warm water and baking soda. Dilute 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a cup of warm water, and then apply the solution on the wall starting from the top. Rub the area with a clean, damp cloth until the grease is removed
TSP (Trisodium Phosphate): For years, professional painters have being using TSP to get the walls ready. This common de-greaser and cleaner can be purchased from many home improvement stores, and can be highly-effective in most cases. Due to the fact that this is a powerful cleaner, you are obliged to wear gloves to avoid skin irritation. Also, stick to the manufacturer’s instructions and be wary of their forewarnings.
Ammonia: Due to its pungent smell, it is advised to open the doors and windows when using ammonia. Even though it is widely used, it is caustic and hazardous so follow the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully.
To make a de-greaser solution, combine 2 cups of it with 1 gallon of hot water. Apply the solution on the wall using a spray bottle and scrub the surface with a clean rag, a sponge or a soft-bristled brush.
What If the Solutions Above Fail?
If you’ve tried various cleaning techniques to eliminate the wall stains that make your kitchen look squalid, maybe it’s time to consider repainting. While it’s possible to purchase a small can of paint and cover stained spots with it, you can get better
outcome by repainting the entire wall.
Read and understand the manufacturer's directions and warnings. Never experiment with cleaning products especially those that are caustic and have strong odors. It will be sensible to wear safety goggles, rubber gloves and working clothes when handling the
chemicals mentioned above.