Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner Review

Posted Dec 30, 2023 | Sundries, Product Reviews | 1 comment

I wasn’t going to write a Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner review, simply because it’s essentially a cleaning agent, and I don’t want to bore everyone.

However, I mention the product in so many blogs now that I really need to address it. Plus, it’s something I use on a weekly basis as a Professional Decorator. I’ll try and keep it short and sweet.

Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner is a water-based cleaning agent that is available online by clicking here. You can use it on most surfaces, and it’s ‘colour fast’ on fabric, which means it doesn’t bleach the colour (not that I’ve ever used it on fabric).

You can use it for removing dried water-based paint, paint overspray, tape residue, glue and adhesive, wax, food and drink stains, bird droppings, smoke damage, tree sap, grease and oil, marker and crayon, pet stains, brake dust, fireplace soot, oxidation, lipstick, scuff marks, and just about anything else.


My Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner Review


I once named this product “the best kitchen degreaser”, which I stand by. As a Decorator I’ve been using Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner for over a year. Before trying it, I used sugar soap to remove grease and dirt prior to painting.


The reason I switched is because Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner is a hell of a lot better. It is strong; so much so, it cuts through grease and dirt faster than anything else you’re likely to have tried.

The only downside is, because it’s so strong, it really gets on the back of your throat. I recommend wearing a mask if applying Zinsser Degreaser in an enclosed space and open a window. We’re talking about a cleaning product that can remove paint, so don’t take any chances.

For this reason, you probably wouldn’t use it in your kitchen every day. It’s more for a really deep clean! I could see landlords using this in rental properties when tenants move out. I use it prior to painting kitchen cabinets or furniture.

Anyway, I told you I’d keep the review short and sweet, so I’ll end it there. Click here to see online prices, and there’s a quick video below.

Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner Review – by mike Gregory

Posted Dec 30, 2023 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.

1 Comment

  1. Craig

    A superb product but very expensive. Elbow Grease degreaser works just as well for less than a £1 a bottle.


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