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How to Remove Grass Stains From Carpet and Upholstery
Kids get grass stains, athletes get grass stains, gardeners get grass stains, and outdoor concert goers get grass stains. Most of the time, the chlorophyll stains are pretty simple to remove and we’ll talk about the ground-in dirt that comes along as well.
How to Remove Grass Stains From Carpet
Once clumps of grass have been tracked onto a carpet, the sooner they can be removed the easier it will be to remove the stains. Begin by vacuuming up as much loose grass and soil as possible.
Next, mix a solution of one tablespoon dishwashing or laundry detergent with two cups cool water. Dip a clean, white cloth or cellulose sponge into the solution and wring to remove excess liquid. Working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center, sponge the solution onto the stain.
Gently work the mixture into the carpet fibers. Allow to work for 15 minutes and then blot with a dry, white cloth or paper towel until all of the liquid is absorbed.
Next, sponge the area with some clear, plain water until no more suds are present. Blot dry with a clean white cloth. Don’t skip this step. It is important to remove any soapy residue because it can actually attract and hold soil.
Allow the carpet to air dry and check that all of the stains are removed. If the stains remain, mix a solution of oxygen bleach and water following the package directions. Repeat the cleaning steps with this solution until the stain is gone.
After the carpet is completely dry, vacuum well to lift carpet fibers.
How to Remove Grass Stains From Upholstery
Outdoor upholstery is particularly prone to getting grass stains. Follow the same steps as suggested for removing grass stains from carpet. Take care to not over-wet the fabric which can cause mold to form on the pillow forms. If possible, remove the pillow covers before cleaning. Many can be tossed in the washer after pretreating the stains.
If the stains remain on upholstery, you can use acetone (if you use fingernail polish remover make sure that it does not have conditioning oils) or dry cleaning fluid to remove the stains. ALWAYS test these products in an inconspicuous area to make sure they don’t remove color from the fabric. Blot gently and work from the outside edges toward the center. Allow the upholstery to air dry.
If the upholstery is vintage or silk, contact a professional upholstery cleaner or if you need more stain removal tips.
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