A pollen stain can happen when you are gathering those gorgeous flowers, or while walking through the woods on a windy day.
In addition, flower boquets can cause stains from their pollen if they fall over on the carpet, upholstery, or you brush against them with your clothes.
No matter how much we love flowers, we don't love the stains they can leave behind on our clothing, upholstery and carpet.
But just because you can get a stain from pollen doesn't mean you must give up flowers. (Who would do that anyway?)
Follow these step by step instructions to get rid of those stains caused by pollen from around your home, and just sit back and smell the flowers!
Step 1: Shake as much of the pollen off your clothing or other washable fabric as you can.
Hint: You don't want to brush the pollen off with a towel or your fingers because this will most likely just spread the pollen further, and also grind it into the fabric making it more difficult to remove.
Further, your fingers themselves have oil on them, and this oil can act to set the stain from the pollen.
Step 2: To get off even more pollen take a piece of sticky tape and use the sticky portion to pick up even more grains of pollen from the fabric.
Hint: Again, be careful not to press too hard, as you don't want to grind the pollen into the fabric.
You can also see this video suggesting freezing the clothing to make it easier to remove the pollen, as an alternative method for getting off the pollen grains.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set the stain. Repeat if necessary.
Step 1: Remove as much of the pollen as possible using a vacuum.
Hint: Just as with clothing, do not use your hands to brush off the pollen, nor a rag or towel.
Step 2: To get off even more pollen take a piece of sticky tape and use the sticky portion to pick up even more grains of pollen from the upholstery.
Step 3: For the pollen still remaining take a clean white cloth and sponge the stain with a dry cleaning solvent.
Hint: First, be sure to test this solvent on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery to make sure it is safe.
Step 4: Next, blot at the stain until the solvent is absorbed.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 until the stains are removed from the upholstery.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for removing stains caused by pollen from carpet are the same as for upholstery.
Do you have your own tip for removing stains caused by pollen? If so, submit your tip about removing stains caused by pollen here.
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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