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Common Stain Solutions: How To Get Out Grass Stains

March 21, 2016

Grass stains are one of the most common stains in households – especially in the spring and summer months. From grass stains on your clothing from working out in the yard to kid’s grass stained soccer jerseys, they are virtually unavoidable. Here are some easy ways to take care of those grass stains using some common household products that you will surely have on hand.

Grass Stains

Removing Grass Stains From Clothing:

Method 1 : White Vinegar and Warm Water

  1. Pretreat the grass stain. Let the solution soak on the grass stain for 15 minutes.
  2. Lightly scrub the stain. Use a toothbrush, rag or nail brush to work the solution into the stain.
  3. Throw in the Wash With Like Fabrics. Throw garment into the washing machine, ensuring that you use an enzyme-based laundry detergent (most laundry detergents fall into this category), which will break down the proteins in the grass stain.

Method 2: Rubbing Alcohol

  1. With a sponge, dab rubbing alcohol onto the grass stain.
  2. Allow it to dry.
  3. Rinse clothing in cold water.
  4. Work laundry detergent into the stain.
  5. Rinse grass stain again with cold water.
  6. Allow clothing to air dry and then wash it as you normally would.

Method 3: Bleach with Hydrogen Peroxide (for Light Coloured Clothing Only):

  1. Mix ¼ cup of bleach, ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide and ¾ cup of cold water.
  2. Place solution directly on the stain and gently massage.
  3. Let it sit for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Rinse thoroughly.
  5. Wash as normal.

Method 4: Liquid or Powder Detergent

  1. Pour the detergent directly onto the grass stain.
  2. Masssage the detergent into the grass stain.
  3. Allow it to soak for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash as normal.

Note: You can also repeat this process if the stain doesn’t completely come out the first time. Do not use ammonia or degreaser as they will set the stain permanently.

Removing Grass Stains from Carpet or Furniture:

Method: Mild Detergent and Water

  1. Mix mild detergent and water at a ratio of a quarter teaspoon to a cup of water.
  2. Blot solution onto the stain, working from the outside to the inside using white towels or paper towel.
  3. Leave for 1-2 hours, and vacuum excess solution.

General Grass Stain Tips:

  • Treating the stain as quickly as possible will make it more likely that the stain will come out.
  • Cold water is best for washing the stain to ensure that the stain doesn’t permanently set.
  • Don’t rub garments too harshly as this can cause colours to fade.

If a grass stain was transferred onto your carpet, that doesn’t mean it’s a lost cause. Talk to the RBC Cleaning team today and see how we can help!

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