There are grass and blood, juice and mud stains; but it is quite possible that the worst of all stains is none other than GREASE. Grease stain removal can be tricky and time consuming, but it is possible! Whether the stain is on clothing, furniture, carpet, or the cement in your garage, grease stain removal is possible if a few guidelines are followed.
What is good for pots is good for pants
When exploring options for grease stain removal from clothing, there is one tried and true remedy. The same product you trust for your greasy pots and pans is actually a magnificent option for your greasy clothing too!
Dawn dishwashing detergent is an amazing grease remover that will not damage your laundry! Use the detergent like a pre-treatment, and wash as usual. For stubborn stains, or particularly atrocious messes, try Dawn Power Dissolver, used in the same fashion.
For petroleum derived grease, try adding approximately a quarter of a cup of simple green to the wash after pre-treating the stains with Dawn. The grease cutting action of Dawn is not only effective on last nights lasagna, but your soiled apron as well.
Grease on the sofa? Get it off quick
Perhaps one of the most panic-inducing grease stains is when you are dealing with soiled upholstery! A grease stain on your sofa, recliner, or even your dining room chair pad must be addressed quickly and efficiently.
Here is an upholstery grease stain removal cheer: Absorb, Agitate, Eradicate. Apply this method to your next upholstery grease stain. Absorb the stain by adding cornstarch or talc powder to the stain. The cornstarch or powder will absorb the stain where it sits, preventing smearing the stain by wiping or blotting.
When the stain appears to be absorbed in your powder of choice, agitate the stain with a scrubbing brush and a cleanser, such as a mild soap or upholstery cleanser. (You may want to consider a spot test in an inconspicuous location first!). Once the stain has been agitated, eradicate the stain by wiping your upholstery carefully with a damp cloth. Repeat if necessary. Cheer that stain away, and celebrate your grease-defeating success.
Removing grease from carpet: Tricky, but possible
Grease stain removal from carpet is a bit trickier and more time consuming than stain removal from other surfaces. That said, carpet is perhaps one of the most expensive items in your home, so in theory, it is worth your time! To remove grease stains from carpet, skip the popular, (typically ineffective) carpet sprays and shoot the stain directly with a 50/50 mix of water and ammonia.
For stubborn stains, add a few drops of your dish liquid. ALWAYS be sure to spot test your carpet for color-fastness in a spot that is not visible, (such as the carpet in a closet) before cleaning the affected area. Before the liquid has much time to be absorbed, use a wet/dry Shop-Vac, or steam cleaner to suck up the liquid, and in turn, the stain.
Once the area is dry, vacuum the area, and admire your accomplishment. If you do not own a Shop-Vac, Steam cleaner or something similar, consider renting a carpet cleaning machine from your local grocer. The extra effort is essential for protecting your investment.
Say goodbye to greasy driveway stains
Removing tough oil and grease stains from your driveway is simpler than you think! Skip the expensive pressure wash, and reach for…the kitty litter? That is right! Cover your stains in kitty litter, allow it to sit for a day or two, and carefully sweep it up. If the stains persist, sprinkle them again with dry cement and remove after 24 hours.
For exceptionally stubborn driveway blemishes, coat them in oven cleaner, and cover with plastic overnight. Tape the plastic down for best results, and admire the results in the morning. Driveway grease stain removal is easier than you thought!
With a few common household items, and quick reaction, grease stain removal does not have to be a daunting house-hold task. While removing grease may require patience, it is worth the effort to maintain the surfaces of your home.