How to Clean Greasy Backsplash Behind Stove

Backsplashes have come a long way over the years. The first backsplashes to protect the wall behind a stove were made of plastic and linoleum. Today, backsplashes are made of many different materials, such as slate, ceramic, glass, marble and stainless steel. Backsplashes are installed for their beauty, but they also have a function: to make it easier to clean the greasy splatters from the stove. Different kinds of backsplashes require different cleaning techniques.

Clean Greasy Backsplash Behind Stove

Step 1

Spray the surface with an all-purpose cleaner designed to remove grease. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 2

Wipe down your backsplash with a soft rag or paper towels. Repeat if necessary.

Step 3

Use a heavy duty degreasing cleaner such as Grease Grizzly or Goo Gone if your grease is tough to remove.

Step 4

Rinse with a clean, wet rag when done to remove all cleaning residue.

Step 5

Add a few squirts of dish detergent that easily cuts through grease, like Dawn, to a bucket of warm to hot water.

Step 6

Use a soft cloth and the soapy water to rub the grease away. Do not use an abrasive sponge on the stainless steel, because it could scratch your backsplash.

Step 7

Follow up with a stainless steel cleaner if necessary. If your stainless steel is streaky after cleaning, use a commericial product sold for stainless steel (usually for appliances). Rub the product onto the backsplash with a cloth, using circular motions. Use a clean cloth to buff and remove any cleaning residue.

Step 8

Use a toothbrush or scrub brush to clean. Because slate backsplashes usually are not sealed, grease gets deep into the slate itself rather than just on the surface.

Step 9

Use dish detergent, like Dawn, and some warm to hot water for your cleaning solution. Add a couple of squirts to one bucket of water.

Step 10

Test on an inconspicuous spot before scrubbing the entire area to be sure you do not damage your slate. Let it dry before deciding whether it is safe to use.

Step 11

Scrub your slate backsplash with the soapy water and a scrub brush, if all goes well in Step 3. Dip your brush into the soapy water frequently while scrubbing.

Step 12

Rinse with a clean, wet rag to remove any remaining soap residue.

Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.