How to use a degreaser

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How to use a degreaser
Degreasers give washing powder a boost for extra-clean clothes. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Few cleaning products are as versatile as degreasers. Milder, household varieties like dish detergent and kitchen spray cleaners do a respectable job of cutting through greasy dirty around the home. At the high end are industrial degreasers that cut through the toughest grease on machine parts and car engines. These are often too caustic for routine household use. A reasonable compromise is a degreaser concentrate that you can dilute as needed for use in your home, yard and garage.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Degreaser concentrate
  • Water
  • Measuring implement
  • Pail
  • Sponge
  • Scrubber
  • Scrub brush

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Instructions

    Walls and Floors

  1. 1

    Mix 29.6ml of degreaser concentrate in 1 gallon of water to mop vinyl and vinyl composition floors. Rinse the floors well after mopping. Spot-clean carpets with that dilution as well. Spray or dab the solution on stains, working it in with a sponge, and then blotting the stain to remove as much moisture as possible. Wipe painted walls with the same solution, using a sponge that has been saturated with the degreaser and then wrung out. For wallpaper, mix 1 teaspoon of concentrate with a gallon of water. Rinse the walls after washing. Two teaspoons of degreaser concentrate in a gallon of water cleans baseboard heating units.

  2. 2

    Spot-clean carpets with 28.4gr of concentrate mixed with 1 gallon of water. Spray or dab the solution on stains, work it in with a sponge, and then blot the stain to remove as much moisture as possible.

  3. 3

    Wipe painted walls with 28.4gr of degreaser to 1 gallon of water, using a sponge that has been saturated with the degreaser and then wrung out. For wallpaper, mix 1 teaspoon of concentrate with a gallon of water. Rinse the walls after washing. Two teaspoons of degreaser concentrate in a gallon of water cleans baseboard heating units.

  4. 4

    Clean baseboard heating units with two teaspoons of degreaser concentrate in a gallon of water.

    Kitchen

  1. 1

    Pour a capful of degreaser into your dishwater to pre-soak heavily soiled dishes for several minutes before washing them. Use full-strength degreaser concentrate and a scrubber for cookware with baked-on grease.

  2. 2

    Clean the filter in your exhaust fan by soaking it with 1 tablespoon of degreaser in enough hot water to cover the filter. Allow the filter to soak for five minutes before you rinse it.

  3. 3

    Add 1 teaspoon of concentrate to a quart of water. Pour it into your garbage disposal to keep it clean and smelling fresh.

  4. 4

    Add a few drops of degreaser to your dishwasher before you run it to boost your detergent and keep the dishwasher clean.

  5. 5

    Perform general cleaning of cabinets, counters and appliances -- inside and out, in the case of microwaves and refrigerators -- with 28.4gr of degreaser to 1 gallon of water.

    Miscellaneous Household Use

  1. 1

    Apply degreaser full-strength to greasy stains like lipstick and make-up before laundering the clothing as usual.

  2. 2

    Give your washing powder a boost by adding 56.7gr of degreaser to the water as the washer fills.

  3. 3

    Mix 1 teaspoon of degreaser with a gallon of water to pre-soak hair brushes and combs before cleaning them.

  4. 4

    Clean plastic and vinyl children's toys, patio furniture, tents and sports equipment with 28.4gr of degreaser in 1 gallon of water. Rinse the items well after you've scrubbed them clean.

  5. 5

    Clean oil spills in your garage with full-strength degreaser, and scrub the rest of the floor with a solution of 56.7gr degreaser to a gallon of water. This dilution works on decks and patios as well. Rinse all these surfaces with a hose.

    Outside

  1. 1

    Clean grease-laden grill racks and tools with a 50/50 mixture of degreaser and water. Saturate the greasy items with the solution, then wrap them in plastic bags and allow them to soak until the grease loosens. Use a stainless scrubber or plastic scrub brush to clean away the grease, and then rinse the items well with a garden hose.

  2. 2

    Power wash your home's exterior more effectively by adding a few drops of degreaser to the water.

  3. 3

    Open and close your pool with a good cleaning, using 28.4gr of degreaser per gallon of water.

Tips and warnings

  • Use concentrated degreasers in a ventilated area to avoid eye and respiratory irritation.
  • Test the degreaser on a hidden area of your carpet before cleaning stains in a noticeable area.
  • Read package directions carefully.
  • Never mix degreasers with other cleaning products unless directed by the manufacturer.

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