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How to Clean Grease Stains off Vinyl Siding

After sharing the plans and inspiration for my quick patio makeover on Monday, I realized I should have included the infamous “Before” photo {UPDATE: You can find the completed Patio Reveal here}.

I didn’t remove all the chair covers or get out the cushions — all for good measure. Or I’m too lazy to stage a “before” photo. Yes, that is much more likely.

But there you have it. I didn’t mention it in my post on Monday, but we already have an outdoor rug too. It is brown so it falls in the earth tone category as well — and will definitely benefit from the addition of some fresh blues.

The weather forecast was correct and it was nice and sunny on Tuesday. I got lots of painting done — both indoor and outdoor projects.

Unfortunately, not all home projects are fun {I know, bummer, right?}.

We have these awful grease stains all over the siding on our patio.

There is some debate between the Hubby and I as to how it got there.

My Version: The grill used to sit against that wall. Over time grease splattered onto the siding.

Mike’s Version: He cleaned the grill grates with a spray hose and splattered the grease onto the siding.

I hate to say it — but he is probably right. I’ve never grilled anything, so I don’t have much of an argument. Oh well.

After some research I decided to tackle the stains with a mixture of:

  • Hot Water
  • Vinegar
  • Dish Soap.

I used a textured scrubby sponge and it did take some elbow grease, but look at the difference!

Now it is time to return to the fun stuff! I’ll be back next week with progress on our quick patio makeover.

What outdoor cleaning tips do you have? I’d love for you to share them in the comments.


Saturday 28th of April 2018

Can you tell me how to make a solution of hot water, vinegar, and dish soap such as how much white vinegar and dish soap in a gallon of water? I would like to try to use this to remove greasy like stains from my vinyl siding. Thank you.

Lora Green

Sunday 29th of April 2018

1/2 cup dish soap, 1 cup vinegar, 1-gallon hot water

Craftivity Designs

Tuesday 29th of July 2014

Good luck!!

Alena Mauer

Monday 28th of July 2014

I will have to give this method a try. There are some grease stains from our BBQ. I had tried just about everything I could think of trying to clean it off. I hope that this works for me.

Alena |

Craftivity Designs

Tuesday 19th of November 2013

Thanks, Jak! Glad it helped.

Jak Manson

Tuesday 19th of November 2013

Thanks for all the helpful information on vinyl sidings. It was really helpful and now I can know that mine can be clean again an start looking nice once more. Thanks again and thanks for sharing.