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How to remove oil stains from grout

Updated February 21, 2017

A tile and grout combination is a popular building material used in kitchen areas, where food and grease are constantly present. When grease splatters on a grouted area, it leaves a dark, hard-to-remove stain that greatly diminishes the appearance of the surface. To remove the oil stains without damaging or discolouring the grout, mix an inexpensive cleaning agent with household items.

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  1. Pour a drop of liquid dish soap on the oil stain and scrub the soap into the oil with a wet toothbrush.

  2. Repeat until all residue is removed, then wipe the area with a wet cloth.

  3. Make a paste, which can be applied to tough oil stains. Pour baking soda into a bowl and make a thick paste by stirring in water until you reach a thick, even consistency.

  4. Apply a thick coating of the paste to the oil stain and let it sit for 20 minutes.

  5. Scrub the area with a wet toothbrush until the stain has been removed and wipe with a damp cloth to remove the paste and any oil residue.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning rag
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Bowl

About the Author

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.

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