How to clean a greasy backsplash

More grease problems? This week we’ll cover how to clean the tile backsplashes behind your kitchen counters that have serious grease buildups. You’ve already tried to tackle it with soap and water but nothing’s working… so now what?

Red Juice to the rescue! Soap or detergent alone isn’t strong enough for this kind of grease buildup, so you need a more powerful grease cutter like Red Juice. Also, just as it helps to soak pots and pans that have baked-on grease, it helps to soak a heavy buildup of grease on tiles. To do this, spray your tiles with Red Juice, then go back and respray them a few minutes later. Keep the grease wet with Red Juice for fifteen minutes or more before you start scrubbing. Strategically position a few cleaning cloths to catch the runoff.

If the grease is especially thick, first remove most of it with a scraper (there’s one in your apron tool kit); a plastic one is safe on all hard surfaces. Then use a stiff-bristled brush because bristles cut through grease better than sponges or even white pads. They also clean the grout lines along with the tile. Continue wetting with Red Juice as you work.

If the tiles are plastic or have been painted, the grease may have chemically interacted with the surface. If so, the paint or plastic will be permanently stained, and the grease can’t be removed without damaging the tiles or removing the paint.

If Red Juice doesn’t cut it, you might also try a moderate clear ammonia solution that works better than Red Juice on some types of grease.

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