How to Remove Grease From a Composite Deck

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves

  • Paper towels

  • Garden hose

  • Bucket

  • Water

  • Liquid dish detergent

  • Nylon bristled brush

  • Sponge

Tip recommends using a commercial deck cleaner if a soap and water cleaning solution do not get the grease stains out.


Some, but not all, composite deck brands may be washed with a pressure washer. Consult your deck's manufacturer before using a pressure washer on your decking.

According to, grease can permanently stain this decking. The best way to avoid this is to clean it quickly and thoroughly as soon as the spill occurs.

A composite deck is made from a mix of wood and plastic. There are many different brands of composite decking--each are a little different (better or worse) regarding scratch- and stain-resistance, appearance and durability. No matter what brand you own, however, if you spill grease on this decking you should clean it off so that is does not leave a stain. Hopefully, you'll notice the grease spill soon after it occurs. The longer you wait to clean it up, the longer it will generally take to remove.

Step 1

Put on rubber gloves. Wipe up as much grease as you can with paper towels.

Step 2

Spray the deck with a garden hose (turned on high) to remove more of the grease.

Step 3

Mix hot water and liquid dish detergent in a bucket. Use 1 tbsp. of detergent per gallon of water.

Step 4

Wet a nylon bristled brush in the solution. Scrub it over the greasy area to lift the grease off the decking.

Step 5

Saturate a sponge in the soapy water. Wipe this over the grease. If the grease is not coming up, pour liquid dish detergent directly on the stain and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes before scrubbing it again with the sponge.

Step 6

Sop up more grease and soap with paper towels. Spray the deck with a water hose to remove soapy water and the loosened grease. If some grease remains, wash it again with soapy water until all traces are gone.


Corey M. Mackenzie

Corey M. Mackenzie has been a professional freelance writer for more than two decades. She received a B.A. with honors from Wichita State University. Corey specializes in writing about pets, interior decorating, health care, gardening, fashion, relationships, home improvement and forensic science. Corey's articles have appeared in Garden Guides, Travels and other websites.