Removal of a grease stain on wood

Removal of a grease stain on untreated wood

Rub the stain with a brush soaked in lighter fluid.

Lemon juice, white vinegar and bleach can also work.

Once the stain is removed, wash the area with soapy water then rinse.

Removal of a grease stain on polished wood

Apply a mixture of diatomaceous earth (or diatomite) and White Spirit on the stain. Dry and brush.

You can also cover the stained area of polished wood with a thick layer of talcum powder or diatomaceous earth (or diatomite), then apply several layers of brown paper and finally pass a hot iron over the paper. The paper will absorb the stain.

If all else fails, sand the wood down and then polish it again.

Removal of a grease stain on varnished wood

Rub the stain with a sponge sprinkled with baking soda.

3 comments to Removal of a grease stain on wood

  • The most popular use of diatomaceous earth is as a filter medium. Diatomaceous earth, an ultra-fine silicate composed of microscopic hollow particles, works to filter extremely fine particles that would normally pass through or clog a paper filter. The most common noncommercial use of diatomaceous earth is as a pool-filter medium. The silicate can cause serious health hazards. If inhaled it can cause silicosis. If handled without gloves, it can cause serious drying of the skin leading to cracked and bleeding skin. Follow special precautions when disposing of diatomaceous earth. Does this Spark an idea?

  • Payton

    Thanks for these tips. What I like about this is that it does not stain the wood and preserves it without the use of abrasive materials. It can be applied to timber decking floors as well.

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