01May 2014
Tackling Greasy And Grubby Marks

Tackling Greasy And Grubby MarksIt is hard to really define what it is that makes a ‘grubby’ mark, but it seems to be a combination of grease and dirt or dust. Somehow, toddlers seem to be the main perpetrators of ‘grubbiness’ and you will find that being able to battle such marks is a useful skill as a new parent! There are many other cause of grubby and greasy marks that you will need to tackle as well however, so it is worth having a good knowledge of how to get rid of dirt that has a grimy quality to it, even if you don’t have any children. It seems that the combination of dust or dirt and grease comes in particular places in the house, and will be an issue for those who are doing deep cleans of the bathroom and the kitchen. Soap scum is a type of grubby stain, as it smears as you try to wipe it off, getting all sticky and difficult to remove. The dust that settles with the grease from cooking on the tops of your kitchen cupboards will be grubby as well, and the combination of the two makes for an extremely sticky and tacky mess! So, how to battle these things? Well, with the bath tub, that can get all grubby and form water marks where the dirt collects on the sides of the bath as the water settles in that position, you may want to run a bath that goes over that level, and pour your degreasing cleaning fluid in to the bath as the tap is running. The frothing of the tap will agitate the cleaning fluid in the bath, and you will find that the water becomes a great cleaner for the whole bath. You can roll your sleeves up and do all the bath cleaning with the water still in, or you can take the water out, having allowed the cleaning fluid to soak the marks, and then apply a little more and get to work. It is important that whatever cleaning product you use, it contains a decent degreaser, as that is what makes the marks so difficult to get rid of.With the kitchen cupboard tops, you need a similar technique. It is important that your degreasing fluid has a chance to work its magic, and this means that you need to give it time to react with the dirt. So, spray on your cleaner and ensure that the whole surface is covered, and then give it ten or twenty minutes in which to work on the grease. Once you have given it this time, take a brush rather than a sponge and get to work on it. Keep rinsing off the brush and reapply the cleaning fluid if things get sticky. Once you have removed a decent amount of the grimy dirt, you can switch to a sponge or cloth to life the last little bits off. Dry the area off with a clean towel, and if any of the surface is still sticky, then you should repeat the process but on a smaller scale. In most instances this will be enough, but if the issue does not seem to be budging, then you may well want to think carefully about using steam cleaning or another more industrial strength cleaning technique. Hopefully you will be free of grubby marks in no time, so get to work right away for the best results!


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