Learning how to remove grass stains is a necessary piece of knowledge if you have kids, or if you or one of your loved ones is athletic or is active outdoors.
Stains caused by grass are difficult to remove because they are "combination stains."
There are generally a couple of stains involved, including dirt stains, along with the green stain from the grass.
That green color comes from chlorophyll, which quickly sets into fabrics, so the quicker you act to remove these stains the better.
Below are instructions for how to remove these stains from fabric, but also from the less likely places stains from grass can turn up -- upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Pretreat the stain with a paste of powdered laundry detergent (that contains enzymes) mixed with a little water, or with liquid laundry detergent (also containing enzymes).
Hint: In the alternative, you can pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover formulated to remove stains caused by grass.
Step 2: Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color safe bleach if not.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set the stain.
If the stain does not come out after one wash you may need to repeat before placing in the dryer.
You may also want to soak the stain caused by the grass in a solution of hot water and laundry detergent containing enzymes, for a couple of hours or even overnight for especially stubborn stains.
In addition, you check out this article with home remedies for removing these stains from clothing, which suggests several alternative methods you can use.
Step 1: Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid.
Step 2: Using this solution, sponge the stain from the grass with a clean white cloth.
Step 3: Next, blot at the stain until the liquid is absorbed.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 until the stain from the grass is removed from the upholstery.
Step 5: If this completely removes the stain, you will next get plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.
Hint: Be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as necessary to remove the stain from the grass.
If this does not remove the stain completely continue on with the following alternatives:
(a) Sponge the stain from the grass with acetone, if this is safe for the upholstery fabric. (Spot test in an inconspicuous area to find out.)
(b) Sponge the stain with dry cleaning solvent.
(c) Mix a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups warm water, and apply this stain removal solution just as you did the dishwashing liquid solution. (Again, be cautious with this method by first spot testing this cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area to make sure it will not harm your upholstery.)
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for removal of stains caused by grass from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
You may also want to watch this video on removing stains caused by grass from your carpet.
Do you have your own stain removal tip for removing stains from grass? If so, submit your tip here, or read other tips already submitted.
Are you a stain magnet like me? If so, check out the A to Z Stain Removal Guide which gives directions for how to remove over 100 types of stains from all kinds of surfaces.
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