There’s no avoiding it – cooking is a messy job. There are spills, crumbs, splatters… and cooking grease. Whether you’re frying up some crispy bacon or a couple of snags, grease splatters are inevitable. The oil pops and lands on cooking surfaces and walls, leaving residue that you need to clean up ASAP.
How to clean grease off kitchen walls? Start by blotting excess grease with a paper towel. Following that, use a soft cloth dipped in soapy water to remove the grease splatter. If that’s not enough, you can use either a paste of baking soda and warm water, or equal parts white vinegar and water.
Don’t let oil and grease build-up ruin your walls and cause a safety hazard. Here are different methods for removing grease stains from kitchen walls.
Before Cleaning Grease Stains
If you’ve got grease splatters on your wall, it’s best to tackle them before they set. Blot the excess grease with a paper towel (blot, don’t rub!). Then take a damp cloth and wipe away the leftover residue.
It’s essential to deal with grease stains immediately – or if not, then do so as soon as possible. Letting stains sit causes grease buildup, which can be a fire hazard if you have a gas stovetop. The grease might also attract pests, and no one wants an unwelcome crawly visitor in their kitchen.
Cleaning Grease Stains Off Kitchen Tile Walls
Once you’ve blotted and wiped the stain, mix up some dish soap in warm water. Dunk a sponge into the cleaning solution and wring it out. Take the wet sponge and wipe away the grease marks using a circular motion.
For more stubborn stains, mix up equal parts baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the affected area and let it sit for five minutes. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the residue.
Alternatively, mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spritz the cleaning solution onto the stains and let it sit for five minutes. Wipe with a clean cloth afterwards.
Cleaning Grease Stains Off Painted Kitchen Walls
Don’t worry – grease itself won’t ruin the paint, but you might damage the finish while cleaning. To remove grease from painted surfaces, use gentle cleansers – and always test on an inconspicuous area before going all-out.
How to clean grease off flat painted walls
Dull paint finishes are less durable than other paint options, so be careful! Avoid chemicals and abrasive cleaners, and don’t scrub too hard.
To clean grease stains off flat paint walls, dip a sponge or cloth into warm water. Wipe the walls clean, pausing to rinse the sponge when it gets dirty.
For more stubborn grease stains, add a little dish soap.
How to clean grease off glossy painted walls
Grease doesn’t adhere as much to glossy and semi-gloss paint, which makes it slightly easier to clean. Dip a cloth in some hot water and use that to wipe away the oil.
If the stain won’t come off, add a little all-purpose cleaner to the water.
How to clean grease off latex painted walls
Latex is very durable, so you can use most non-abrasive multi-purpose cleaners or degreasers to remove grease. Mix some cleaner in warm water, then apply to the stain with a sponge or cloth.
Make sure you wear rubber gloves while cleaning to protect your hands.
Cleaning Grease Off Wood
You can use soap and water or diluted vinegar to clean wood, but don’t let the mixture sit on the wood too long – damp wood is at risk of warping and moulding.
To clean an oil splatter off wooden kitchen surfaces, you can either:
- Wipe the surface with water mixed with some dishwashing liquid; or,
- Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle then apply to the surface
Once you’ve cleaned up the grease stains, follow with a clean cloth to dry the wood surface.
Cleaning Stubborn Grease Stains
If the grease stains won’t come off, you can use a DIY degreaser! You’ll need:
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup dish soap
Mix all those items together in a bowl and use immediately. Dip a cloth or sponge into the cleaning solution and apply it to the greasy wall (or other surfaces). Work in small circular motions and add more of the mixture as needed.
Take a damp cloth afterwards to rinse the wall.
How to Protect Kitchen Walls from Grease
If your stovetop sits close to a wall, you’re putting the surface at risk of grease splatter. Fortunately, you can prevent oil residue from building up by using one of the following methods:
- Splatter screen: These mesh screens go on your frying pans. They’re available in a variety of sizes, so find one that properly fits your pans.
- Splatter guard: This is a standing mesh screen that will sit behind your stovetop. It will catch the grease before it hits any nearby surface.
- Wax paper: You can tape wax paper to your walls behind the stovetop. Only use this method if your stovetop is far away enough from the wall that you don’t risk the wax paper catching fire.
- Wall protector: These are made of plastic or metal, and function the same as a splatter guard. Wipe down the wall protector after you cook to prevent grease build-up.
Maintaining Your Kitchen
Even without grease stains, it’s essential that you clean walls (and clean the rest of your kitchen) regularly to maintain their finish and make the whole room look tidy. Make it a habit so dirt and dust doesn’t build up on the surface.
Of course, if you don’t want to clean your walls by yourself (we get it – that’s a lot to do), just leave the cleaning to expert home cleaners! We can clean your walls and other surfaces in your kitchen – and get them all ready for your next hearty, home-cooked meal.