Many of us have learned how to remove stains through experience, and know that flushing stains away with water often does the trick. However, when it comes to pollen stain removal, it’s best to take a slightly different approach. |
Most stains are caused by liquids – oils, greases, tomato sauces, inks, and so on – but pollen stains are caused by a dusty powder. It’s best to think of pollen as being like talcum powder or baking soda. If you spill baking soda on your apron when you’re making cakes, what do you do? You don’t throw water on it, you shake it, and that’s exactly what you should do for pollen. Here’s some other great advice for what NOT to do:
Don’t touch the stain. The natural oils found on your fingertips will help the pollen set into the fabric, making the stain more difficult to remove. Don’t blot the stain. Blotting and pressing on the fabric will press the pollen further down into the fibres. The trick is to try and keep the pollen right on the surface. Don’t wipe the stain. Wiping the powder across the surface of the clothing will spread the yellow marks, leaving you with a bigger area to deal with. Don’t add water. Rinsing and washing is an important part of the cleaning process, but this should come much later. If you add water immediately, you’ll dissolve the powder and encourage the stain to spread. Removing Lily Pollen Stains: Small Stains
The good news is that, for small pollen stains, you may be able to remove most of the discolouration simply by shaking the fabric vigorously. If some of the stain remains, the pollen may be a little deeper down from the surface, but it should still be simple to remove.
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