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Improving The Appearance Of Grease Stained Kitchen Wall Tile

Improving The Appearance of Grease Stained Kitchen Wall Tile

The wall behind the stove is especially susceptible to staining.  Smoke, grease and splatters from cooking build up over time and wall tile behind the stove can become discolored or stained.

After trying multiple cleaning products, including bleach and specialty tile cleaners,  I could not return the area behind the stove to it's original color.   I was convinced that replacing the tile was our only option.

My last hope, before replacing the tile, was consulting with a tile cleaning specialist.  I was very happy to learn that there is a product on the market that could give new life to our tile.  He suggested we pick some up at Lowe's and give it a try.

Tile Guard Enhance & Seal


Tile Guard Enhance & Seal not only enhances the color of unpolished stone tile, it also offers stain protection.  It is very easy to apply.  We applied it to all the tile and it intensified the characteristics and color throughout.

The result was a more consistent color....with the area behind the stove no longer standing out.

Enhance & Seal is for rough textured surfaces...unpolished, tumbled, flamed, and honed stone.  It can be used both interior or exterior.



Here are before & after pictures showing our results:

before/after improvement of tile

Thanks to Peter Holt of

Renewed Tile & Grout, LLC

for the free consultation and the cost effective solution!




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Comment balloon 20 commentsSharon Tara • December 05 2011 02:13PM


that was if i can only figure out how to get marks off of stainless steel....stainless steel is a lot of high maintenace considering that it is "stainless" steel LOL

Posted by Paddy Deighan JD PhD, Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D ( over 8 years ago

Sharon, it does look like a brand new tile. Thank you for the reminder. I have to re-seal my back splash and counters. I knew that I should do it at least ones each year but I think I missed couple of years now. That sealant is still sitting in my pantry. I haven't' done it because than I should wait for 24 hours and not use my kitchen, or maybe this is just an excuse ;-)

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) over 8 years ago

Hi Sharon ~ What a great improvement in the tile appearance!  I'm adding this product to my list of resources.  Thanks so much for the photos that show how well it works.  I read the website info and found it interesting that it works on exterior stone and on slate, too.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 8 years ago

OMG Sharon, what a difference in the color and the lustre-gotta have this one in the toolbox-so thank you for sharing.  Glad it also works on slate!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 8 years ago


What a grest tip this is.  Thanks for being generous and sharing with all of us.  All the best,

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 8 years ago

Amazing, that's a great tip you got from Peter, makes a world of difference. 

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 8 years ago

Paddy:  I know what you mean about stainless...especially when my two year old grandsons are here!

Anna:  Sounds like an excuse to me!  Get that more procrastinating.

Maureen:  You just have to read the information to make sure it works on the stone you want to use it on.  Worked great for us!

Joanna:  It looked much worse than the before picture was driving me crazy.  I really was considering replacing the tile.

Alexandra:  I'm always looking for blog material, LOL!

Roger:  Peter was very nice and so fair.  No charge for the visit, just the suggestion to go buy the product.  I took some of his cards so I could refer him the next time I have a client that needs their tile or carpet cleaned.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago


Thanks for sharing a very useful tip.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 8 years ago

Woo-hoo Sharon, thanks so much for sharing this product and for the photos examples.  I have many applications that could use this.  Bookmarking for future reference.  I see another big outside project coming my way. 

BTW does the package say anything about applying it with a pump sprayer outside?  I have a LONG stacked stone wall that needs it. 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) over 8 years ago


That looks great. Thanks for the heads up on this. Hopefully, it's available in Ontario.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Sharon, good to know! Our backspace was special ordered from Italy. I sealed it myself, and so far no damage, but if necessary I'll note this down.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Sharon--wow, this product worked great.  I will have to see if I can find it on Maui because I definitely need to add it to my stager's kit.  Thanks for sharing this information. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 8 years ago

Lou:  Glad you found it useful!

Ginger:  I don't know about the stone wall...nothing written on the bottle.  You can call customer service at 800-445-0619 and ask them.

Brian:  Check out the website or call them at the number I gave Ginger.  Hope you can find it.

Ellen:  You will probably never need it.  Our tile was poorly sealed.

Janet:  Hope you find it.  I love your new profile picture, it's beautiful!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

That is a significant difference demonstrated in those before and after photos, Sharon.  Thank you so much for the valuable tip!  And CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the Feather Nesters group!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 8 years ago

Myrl:  Thank you for the Feature!  I hope product is as helpful to others as it was to me!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

Sharon- you are superwoman! I see so much of that in some of our older homes and there's no way the seller is doing anything but a little scrubbing.  This should help and I may just go out and look for it tomorrow!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Kathy:  I actually prefer the tile lighter, it's original color, but I'll take darker over stained any day.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

Great improvement Sharon! Thanks for the info, definitely helpful!

Posted by Ana Hitzel, Professional Home Stager Inland Empire ( AccentPositives Home Staging ) over 8 years ago

Ana:  Thanks!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

great articles

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