Cleaning Grease Stains on Wood Decks

By: Danny Lipford
Play | Download (Right Click, Save As...)

Backyard barbeques are a great way to enjoy a long weekend, but accidental spills by the chef can make more than just a mess, especially on wood decks. Organic stains from foods can be hard to clean if not taken care of right away.

First thing, use paper towels to blot up any grease. Any excessive amounts can also be absorbed using kitty litter.

Next, combine equal parts warm water with white vinegar, and apply it to the stain with a rag or sponge. Use a gentle circular motion to work in the vinegar solution without applying too much pressure. You may need to do this several times to work the stain out of the wood pores.

As long as the stain is attacked immediately after it happens, you should be able to remove it very effectively.

This Around the Yard tip is brought to you by Trex: upgrade your summer with new high-performance Trex Enhance decking, now available at The Home Depot.



Please Leave a Comment

We want to hear from you! In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at (800) 946-4420. While we can't answer them all, we may use your question on our Today's Homeowner radio or TV show, or online at

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.