Removing Grass Stains – A Common Starting Point
Whatever method of stain removal you choose to use, you’ll need to start with soaking the clothing in cold water – never hot water. Many of us think hot water is better at getting dirty marks out, and while this is true for stains that are oily or greasy, it works in the opposite way for non-fatty stains. Hot water can set the stain into the fabric, so using cold water is the preference here. What soaking does is simply soften the stain, so that it’s more vulnerable to the effects of the cleaning solutions. Here’s what you can use to see great results:
Detergent or Stain Remover
Sometimes, all you need is laundry detergent – no other products required! Using a biological detergent like Persil small & mighty can help treat stains, including grass stains. Simply rub the stain with a small amount of detergent – this pre-treatment will help to loosen the stain. Then, wash your garment as normal. Easy!
Alcohol is a solvent, which helps to lift off the green pigmentation left by the grass. To use, apply a small amount to a clean sponge and dab it across the stain (remember to read the care label and test on a small area first). Don’t wipe or scrub – you’ll spread the dirty mark across more of your clothing or even make it more difficult to remove. Rinse in cold water, and then apply a small amount of liquid detergent (or powdered detergent made into a paste with a little water), massaging it into the clothing, helping it to get deeper into the fabric. Leave to sit for 5 minutes before washing in the machine as normal.
Most hairsprays contain alcohol, so these hair products can have a similar effect to rubbing alcohol. It’s a little more work to use hairspray, and the results aren’t quite as good, so it’s best to use this method for mild discolouring. Apply the hairspray to the stain, and allow to dry (or, at least, let it get to the ‘tacky’ stage). Use a stiff bristled brush, such as an old, clean toothbrush, and scrub at the stain. Apply detergent and wash as explained above.
Bleach: Yes or No?
When dealing with grass stains on white clothing, you may be wondering if you can bleach the fabric to get the dirty marks out. This really depends on your preferences, and the type of material you’re handling. Some people prefer not to use bleach and bleach is not suitable for certain fabrics, such as cotton and polyester blends. If you do decide to use bleach, ensure you work safely, follow all the directions on the label, and never leave the garment in a bleach solution for longer than five minutes.