A Guide to Cleaning Grease From Kitchen Surfaces

September 25, 2021

With the right products, cleaning grease doesn't have to be a chore. Read more to find out what works best for degreasing kitchen surfaces.

cleaning grease from kitchen surfaces

While fried or greasy foods appeal to many, there are consequences of cooking with grease. Whether it’s grease splatters or less visible grease particles, you’ll need the proper cleaning methods to keep a clean kitchen. Depending on the amount of buildup and time it’s been on a surface, cleaning grease may require more or less effort. These surfaces can include countertops, cabinets, stovetop, stainless steel appliances, and backsplash, all of which should be approached with different cleaning tools. Continue reading to learn the most effective cleaning products to tackle grease on these surfaces.


Since no home will be exactly alike, having universal cleaning products for different types of countertop surfaces is essential. Time is of the essence when efficiently cleaning a home. Trudging along various cleaning products will only slow you down.

Clorox Scentiva Multi-Surface Cleaner is one product that is exceptionally effective when cleaning grease. You can use it on stainless steel, sealed wood, laminate, sealed granite, ceramic tile, concrete, synthetic marble (should not be used on natural marble), and quartz.

Depending on the grease buildup, you can allow the cleaner to soak into the grease for more time to remove the grime easily. Additionally, using a more abrasive sponge can come in handy with more serious grease situations.


Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether or not cabinets need degreasing. Over time, layers of grease can dull and change the color of the cabinetry. Although they may not appear greasy, it’s always good to give cabinets a regular rubdown.

Whether you’re maintaining grease-free cabinets or trying to bring cabinets back to their original state after some time of neglect, by far one of the best products is the Krud Kutter. Depending on the issue, this product can cut grease, grime, oil, wax, and even tar.

The best part is that you don’t have to worry about damaging delicate wood surfaces, often used for kitchen cabinets. The Krud Kutter can be used on just about any surface except for untreated wood.

Spray directly on the surface and let sit, depending on the severity of the grease. Simply wipe away. See for yourself the effectiveness of this product in this video on tackling nearly 15-year-old cabinet grease.


Perhaps the most crucial surface to wipe down regularly is the stovetop. However, the phrase “we’ll just clean it up in the morning” is not uncommon after a late-night meal. In these situations, one night of grease buildup can change what could have been a quick wipe down into a more tedious task.

Stovetops take the brunt of kitchen grease. Thankfully, some tools make cleaning these greasy surfaces almost effortless.

Zep Heavy-Duty Foaming Citrus Degreaser is made explicitly for the most challenging grease situations.

There are three easy steps when using this product:

  • Spray the foamed cleaner on the desired surface.
  • Let it sit for about 10 minutes to allow the foam to penetrate through the grease.
  • Wipe away the greasy mess with ease.

An abrasive sponge works best to lift anything that could not be initially wiped up for hardened grease.

Zep’s degreaser not only makes cleaning grease a simple task, but its fresh citrus scent leaves surfaces looking and smelling pristine.

Stainless steel appliances

Cleaning grease on stainless steel appliances
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Stainless steel can be a great addition to a modern kitchen. However, a consistent issue with stainless steel is preventing streaks and greasy fingerprint marks. In addition to cooking grease, natural oils on people’s skin make it hard to avoid these imperfections.

Cleaning grease from stainless steel requires special care as this material is susceptible to scratches. When cleaning stainless steel, you should always use soft and non-abrasive cloths. Microfiber cloths work particularly well when buffing out minor blemishes, bringing a sleek shine back to stainless steel surfaces.

If these surfaces have grime that requires more than simply buffing out, a great product to start with is a grease-cutting dish soap. Start with a damp stainless steel safe cloth, apply a small amount of soap, and rub together until frothed. Then, gently soak the built-up grease before attempting to rub it away to allow it to loosen from the surface. The goal should be to remove the grime without smearing it around as that can cause abrasive particles to scratch the stainless steel.

Once sufficiently removed, a great product to remove any excess oils is Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish Trigger. Simply spray down your surface, rub it clean, and reveal perfectly polished stainless steel.

Serious Grease Messes

Let’s face it, there are going to be times when you need to fight more serious messes. On the occasion where you’re faced with a home that is not properly maintained, you’ll need to use cleaning products designed to tackle more serious cleaning situations.

When a home has allowed grease to build up over time, these are helpful cleaning products to combat grease more aggressively. Some of these situations may include forgotten grease under kitchen cabinets or grease that has burnt, and therefore, stained the stovetop over time. Show off your skills by bringing these surfaces back to like-new condition.

To remove particularly sticky situations, Goo Gone is what you need. This product is designed to specifically combat adhesive materials; including grease, gum, tar, tree sap, oil, and even staining materials like ink, crayon, and blood.

Goo Gone is a must-have product in order to be prepared for extreme grease situations.

A Wrap up on Cleaning Grease

Each of the approaches mentioned above will vary based on the surface being cleaned. Especially for kitchens, different products work better than others for surfaces like stone countertops, wood cabinets, stovetops, or stainless steel appliances.

It can be difficult to avoid spreading grease further when trying to wipe it away. However, certain products do the hard work for you by penetrating the grease at its base, allowing it to be wiped away easily.

Each of the products listed above are designed to be able to combat any thickness of grease. Restoring kitchens to their original shine has never been so easy!

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