Pollen stains, especially lily pollen that is dark and sticky is among the toughest stains. Here are some tips to clean them without destroying your clothes.
Pollen stains are persistent and can stain your clothes permanently, especially if the clothing item is made of wool or cotton.
The lily pollen is very sticky and leaves traces difficult to clean with just the usual soap.
Pollen stains anything, from clothes, to carpets, leather shoes or furniture.
How to clean pollen
Shake the coat well, if pollen has fallen on it or use a duct tape to clean the pollen. Dab the stained area gently with duct tape to remove as much as possible from the pollen, whether it’s on a shirt, on a rug or on furniture. The duct tape is also great if it’s used for shoes.
Be careful! Don’t moisten the area stained with pollen, because the color intensifies and it will go deeper into the fabric.
If the pollen is light shaded, just leave the cloth soaked in cold water with 1 teaspoon of salt or chlorine for an hour, and then wash it with a high quality detergent.
If the pollen is dark shaded, orange or even brown, such as lilies, soak the stain with a solution of cold water and dishwashing liquid. Pollen is an organic substance with fat in its composition. That’s why it can be cleaned with dishwashing detergent that is a good degreasing agent.
After the stain disappears, wash the coat like usual, and let it dry in the sun.
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