It's amazing how fresh flowers can look and smell so beautiful, yet cause such persistent stains. Pollen stains on clothes can be a nuisance at best, especially when they occur on white clothes. Pollen can be pale yellow, orange, or even red among other colors, and most of these leave difficult stains. While it may seem impossible to remove them, don't give up. It is possible to reduce or even eradicate pollen stains.
Things You'll Need
- Vacuum with connecting hose
- Packaging tape or Scotch tape
- Laundry stain remover pretreatment, such as Zout or Spray N' Wash
- Washer (for machine washable clothes only)
Act quickly. Stains of any kind are generally more difficult to remove the older they are. Also, don't throw the clothes into the washer right away as stains on washed and dried clothes become more permanent.
Remove as many pollen spores as possible. It is important not to rub a pollen stain in any way since this will only spread the pollen spores around and make the stain much larger. Instead, use the hose of a vacuum to suck as many spores off the clothing as possible. Afterward, lightly dab at the stain with the sticky side of a piece of packing tape or to extract spores that may have been clinging to the fabric when it was vacuumed.
Pretreat the stain. Use a laundry stain-removing pretreatment to thoroughly cover the stain. Let the stain remover soak into the fabric, but again try not to scrub. Instead, dab the treated area lightly with a sponge or cloth to be sure stain remover has fully permeated the fabric.
Once stain remover is set into fabric, place it in the washer if the garment is machine washable. Enzymatic detergent, if it's available, may assist in removing what's left of the stain. Otherwise, regular detergent should work.
If the garment is not machine washable, rinse out the stain remover by hand.
After washing, either in a washing machine or simply rinsing with water, examine the location of the stain. If traces of the stain are still visible, repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears.
Tips & Warnings
- Some say leaving a damp garment that has already been treated and washed outside in the sun until dry can remove whatever is left of a pollen stain. However, use this only as a last resort since pollen stains are much more difficult to remove once fabric has dried.
- Remember not to rub a pollen stain! Although is has been mentioned multiple times, it is important not to spread spores around since there are most likely thousands of them and they spread extremely easily.