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All you need to know about degreasers

What is a degreaser ?

A degreaser is a household or industrial cleaning product generally based on organic solvents such as acetone or xylene. Depending on the specific application, alkaline agents, surfactants, enzymes or acids may also be added.
Degreasers are used to remove non-water-soluble dirt such as grease, paint and other types of grime.
These substances are used on surfaces ranging from assembly workshops to kitchens. If dirt is found on a hard surface, a degreaser can be used to decontaminate the area.

The different types of degreaser

Degreasers are formulated on four main bases for different applications :

Solvent-based degreasers, generally acetone or methanol, which dissolve grease and oil.

  • Water-based degreaser, an aqueous solution containing surfactants, often considered safer for the environment and users than a solvent-based degreaser.
  • Alkaline degreaser, breaks down the chemical bonds of greases and oils, making them easier to remove.
  • Acid degreaser breaks down oils and greases. Used for specific applications requiring the removal of mineral deposits in addition to grease.
  • There are two different types of degreaser: industrial and household.


Industrial degreasers are designed to cope with the toughest tasks in demanding environments such as factories, mechanical workshops or food production areas. These products are often more powerful than their household counterparts due to the nature and quantity of dirt they have to deal with. They may contain stronger solvents, alkaline or acidic agents in high concentrations to effectively dissolve greases, oils, resins, and other stubborn substances. Safety in use is crucial, so compliance with operating instructions and the wearing of personal protective equipment are essential when handling them.


Household degreasers, on the other hand, are formulated to be safe and easy to use in the domestic setting. They are designed for the regular maintenance of kitchens, bathrooms and other surfaces likely to accumulate grease and oil in the home. These products are generally water-based, containing biodegradable surfactants that emulsify grease for effective cleaning without damaging surfaces or endangering the health of users and the environment. Although less powerful than industrial degreasers, they are designed to meet everyday cleaning needs while being respectful of the user and the environment.

Degreaser selection and use

Selection criteria

It's important to choose a degreaser suited to the nature of the dirt and the type of surface to be cleaned. Selection criteria include safety, efficiency, environmental impact and cost. Users should also consider local regulations concerning the use and disposal of chemicals.

Instructions for use

Before use, it is essential to read the manufacturer's instructions to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
It is advisable to test the degreaser on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure that it does not damage the surface.
When using degreasers, especially industrial degreasers, it is advisable to wear gloves and goggles, and to use protective equipment.
Ensure good ventilation in the work area to avoid inhalation of potentially hazardous vapors.

Care and storage

Degreasers should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from heat sources and direct sunlight.