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Tough Cleaning job HELP!

September 24th, 2005, 04:49 PM
In my apartment we don't have a fume hood over our stove, but we do have a vent/fan near the ceiling in the molding above the stove area.

It is CAKED on with years of cooking oil and gunk. I tried cleaners, vinegar, a paste of baking soda, but nothing wants to cut through the thick dehydrated oily crap. It's kinda got the consistency of black tar.

Any ideas?

September 24th, 2005, 05:02 PM
have you tried oven cleaners? They can litterally clean anything, but are pretty harsh on your skin and lungs.
Some people ran a test of them:

September 24th, 2005, 05:05 PM
Ohh...never thought of that. But they may eat the paint off the vent, which is not removable, and I don't want to get in trouble for that.

September 24th, 2005, 05:37 PM
sugar soap, i dont use anythign else for hard tasks. its about $2 a bottle and goes far, its amazing stuff.

September 24th, 2005, 06:04 PM
Never heard of that. Is there a brand name.
Try a steamer.

September 24th, 2005, 08:50 PM
I'm not sure if it will work with cooking oil, but I find a good coating of eye makeup remover will cut through just about anything! It's made to remove icky, gunky, thick eye makeup and mascara--which is tough to remove with just soap, so it might work.

September 24th, 2005, 09:19 PM
Mean Green...I swear by it. my mom bought me a bottle, it works on everything! You can get it Canadian Tire, probably other places too!

September 25th, 2005, 01:33 AM
Oil, eh? I assume you have tried dish soap? That's what I use for everything... You might need to coat it with lathered soap and then leave it and then wipe it off later with a really wet sponge and a lot of water... Maybe..