Debbie asked: How do I clean and remove greasy stains from the ceiling? A bottle of blue cheese dressing exploded in my kitchen today. I now have eight stains on my new ceiling. The ceiling is painted with plaster and flat paint mix. How do I get this stain out?
Oil and grease stains in the kitchen are a common occurrence and there are a variety of methods to remove them. The key to finding a successful cleaning product is choosing one that can cut through the grease so that it can be removed. Here are a variety of cleaning products that can be used along with the steps to remove the stains.
You Will Need:
- Grease fighting cleaner (choose one)
- Dawn Power Dissolver (mix with water)
- Greased Lightening
- Vinegar and water (equal parts)
- Mean Green
- Soft cloths or sponge
- Bucket or bowl
Steps to Remove the Stains:
- Begin by wiping the area with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove as much of the grease as possible.
- Next, apply the chosen grease-fighting cleaner to the area. If the cleaner is mixed with water, it is often more effective if the water is hot as it helps to break through the grease for easier removal.
- Use a sponge or soft cloth to gently scrub the area. If the paint is textured, avoid using any harsh scrubbers or too much pressure as it may remove the texture plaster. A soft brush may be helpful on these walls to get in between the grooves without damaging the surface.
- Once the stain is removed, rinse the area with a clean cloth moistened with water.
- Dry with a soft cloth and allow to air dry completely.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- If the stain cannot be removed, it may be easiest to paint over it with a primer and then the original color. The primer will prevent the grease from coming back through the paint surface.