In some cases, cleaning is really not all that difficult. On the right type of surface, the right type of dirt can be a breeze to wipe away when done soon after it gets dirty. In other cases, it can be a nightmare and can cause a stain that will not come out.
One substance that causes a lot of trouble for people is grease. It might be grease from your bike or car. It could be cooking oil or butter. There are a number of sources of grease, but wherever it comes from, getting it out of soiled material can be a challenge.
Because of the fatty nature of grease of all types it is difficult to remove from surfaces, but more especially from materials. There are two things to keep in mind with grease stains. First of all you want to remove the stain as soon as possible.
The second thing to keep in mind is that your best approach will be to absorb the grease rather than try to wash it away right away. This is the more effective method as solutions for removing grease don’t always work, especially not on large stains or heavy saturation.
One common place where grease stains are found is on concrete driveways or garage floors. To remove this type of stain you can cover it with sawdust. Allow it to sit overnight and then brush up the sawdust with whatever grease it has collected. With the remainder of grease sprinkle some dry concrete powder on and allow it to soak in a very dry area, and then sweep up.
For grease stains on carpet or material, you can use a similar technique. Sprinkle the stained area with salt, cornstarch or other mild powder. Allow it to sit. Then brush the area gently to help it absorb grease from all the fibers. Then brush away and wash using a regular stain remover.
Grease cleaning from cabinets and other smooth surfaces can be done fairly easily with a kitchen cleaner specifically formulated to remove grease. There are many of these to choose from at every market. If you want to use a more earth-friendly homemade solution try using vinegar or vinegar with baking soda to get rid of the stains.
Grease cleaning can be a little daunting, especially when you are dealing with something that you really do not want to stain. Following the tips above can make the job a little easier. Remember that the sooner you work on a stain after it happens the greater chance you have of removing it. Also, remove as much as you can first by absorbing the grease and then treat like other stains.