Here is a video which gives tips for pollen stain removal from carpet.
This video demonstrates removal of the pollen stain with sticky tape, which is exactly what Stain-Removal-101.com also recommends for removing a pollen stain.
I like this video for two reasons.
First, I like it because it demonstrates the process for using sticky tape to remove as much pollen as possible from the carpet. (This will also work on upholstery and clothing, by the way.)
Second, I like the video because it shows what happens when you try to wet the pollen stain with a stain removal solution before actually removing as much pollen as possible from the carpet -- a ground in stain which is almost impossible to remove.
I hope this video has helped you get rid of your pollen stains, so you can sit back and enjoy your flowers without fear!
I received this tip from an SR101 reader for cleaning pollen off objects, when it first appears.
SR101 Reader says:
The first thing to do, ASAP, is to switch on the vacuum and place the hose end on the pollen.
Sometimes all the pollen will come away, but if your item is damp (e.g. a T shirt on a hot day) it won't all come away, so other methods may need to be used.
However, on dry fabric or carpet I've found the vacuum works well.
Thanks for your pollen stain removal tip. Sometimes the most obvious things work well.
I think the key with this tip is to use the suction from the vacuum hose. You don't want to run the roller brushes over the area, because this could just grind the pollen into the fabric more. Instead, just plain suction to remove it works best.
I used soapy wire wool to remove pollen from a white (!) composite granite style bench top.
It came off in an instant.:)
Thanks for this quick tip Sue.
I would caution everyone that while steel wool may work wonders for removing stains from hard surfaces you should always try it first in an inconspicuous area first, because it may cause scratching and dulling on some surfaces.
I'd love to hear from others who've tried to get pollen off counters and other hard surfaces to share how you've done it.
Removing Lilly Pollen Stains From Clothing With A Freezer
Lilly pollen stains can be some of the worst to try to remove because the pollen falls off so easily, and is so brightly colored.
You can get the stains either from brushing against the flower or if the flower arrangement accidentally falls over, for example.
Below is method for removing lilly pollen for clothing, which is to place the clothing in the freezer for a couple of hours before trying to remove it.
She then suggests using an old toothbrush to brush off the pollen, but I think using tape to pick up the pollen grains is still a better bet, because it is less likely to grind the pollen into the fabric.
Of course, when it is cold that is less likely to happen, which is why she suggests freezing the clothing first, before attempting to brush any pollen off.
I'd love to hear from others sharing how putting the clothing in the freezer works for you for removing the pollen.
In addition, tell us how using a laundry pretreater and Oxiclean works for you for removing the stain left behind by the pollen, which is what she suggests.
As you can see I've gathered quite a collection of tips here for removing these stains, but there are always more methods possible for pollen stain removal.
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