How would you clean an apartment balcony?

lauren.gJune 14, 2007

We are living in an apartment and have a bbq on our balcony. It has left yucky grease stains on the grey painted floor. We are living on the second floor so I can't just drench it as it will drip down onto our neighbours balcony on the first floor.

What product could I use to get the grease/dirt off and with what type of scrubby?

THANKS for your help and advice.

Lauren

: -)

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mrsd1957

have you tried hot water and bleach, on your hands & knees scrubbing in sections?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 11:50AM
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kris_zone6

I would first try putting baking soda or kitty litter on the stain to absorb some of the grease. You will have to leave it on for at least 24 hours. Then use a degreaser. Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 4:01PM
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lauren.g

Thanks for your advice!

I will try both and see how it goes.

Can you give me an example of a degreaser please?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 9:46PM
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cearab

This is a great cleaner/degreaser I found at Ace Hardware a few years ago. Works great on grease stains, and even on laundry stains. It doesn't smell great; just works great. I'm sure other stores sell it as well. Greased Lightening.
http://www.glblast.com/products/Products.aspx?ProductId=1

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 12:37AM
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lauren.g

I am living in Montreal so I am not sure if my local Canadian Tire will carry that "Greased lightning" product though I am sure they will have something comparable. If that doesnt work, then I will do the carpet thing.

I know this will sound nuts but when I am on my deck reading a book, I get distracted by the grease/dirt and just can't relax. I really need to give it a good cleaning....I wish I was one of those people who just didn't care. : 0 )

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 8:02PM
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jannie

How about a mat that covers the balcony but you can shake out to clean?

    Bookmark   June 19, 2007 at 1:19PM
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lauren.g

That is a good idea as well. I will look in to all these options.

I am a teacher and this is my last week of school and then I will have time off to do some things around the apartment (i.e. clean the deck, wash duvet cover, clean the moldings etc..) I am looking foward to catching up on some housekeeping.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2007 at 9:51PM
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jannie

Wait till late at night, make sure your neighbors aren't around. Clean your deck with water. It will dry by morning and no one will be offended.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2007 at 9:15AM
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patsyann

Try some of the degreasers used for cleaning car engines.
Auto dept. Canadian Tire. Then put down a mat...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2007 at 11:19PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

I get Greased Lightening at the local hardware store too. They have a huge section of household cleaners.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2009 at 8:07PM
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