COIT’s Guide to Remove Grass Stains
Do you find that everywhere you look grass stains seem to creep their way into your home?
Whether you’re putting your green thumb to use in the garden or your kids are ruling the soccer fields, grass stains have a sneaky way of showing up all over your house.
So how do you remove these grass stains? Before we dive into the do-it-yourself methods for grass stain removal, let’s take a closer look at what these stains are made of.
The 411 on Grass Stains
So when you go to remove grass stains, why is it a bit difficult to get rid of them?
When grass stains your carpet or any clothing, it actually acts as a pigment that dyes the surface it comes into contact with. Grass also contains chlorophyll, which is a green pigment found in cyanobacteria. When these pigments bond with the materials they come into contact with, grass stain removal is often challenging.
These pigments in grass basically stick together and hang on for dear life to your formerly clean carpets and clothes. But with this do-it-yourself method, you can remove grass stains without too much hassle.
Removing Grass Stains from Carpet
When you discover the grass stain, it’s best to tackle the stain removal as soon as possible. Like most stain types, letting the stain sit will allow it to set into the affected material even further.
As tempting as it may be to place that oh-so-convenient area rug over the stain, give this method a try.
- Upon discovering the grass stain, vacuum using a suction tool. Be sure to use a tool and not a regular vacuum (the rotating brush could make the stain set in deeper – a suction tool is your best bet).
- Using a white cloth, wet the cloth and begin to blot the grass stain. The reason you want to use a white cloth is so you can see how much of the stain is being removed from the surface.
- Once you’ve blotted the stain (avoid rubbing), use a household cleaner that has a pH level 7. Mild dish soap is a good household cleaner to try, as its pH level is right around 7.
- Apply a small amount of cleaner directly onto the grass stain. Again, you’ll want to blot the stain using a clean towel. As you blot the stain, it should gradually begin to remove from the carpet.
What to Avoid with Grass Stain Removal
When you’re attempting to remove a grass stain, you want to avoid using products that use ammonia or degreaser. Plain white vinegar, Tide liquid or powder detergent, rubbing alcohol, banana oil and Karo syrup are all ingredients that can be safely used to remove grass stains.
Additional Do-It-Yourself Methods
For three more do-it-yourself cleaning procedures to say goodbye to pesky grass stains, view COIT’s Guide to Removing Grass Stains from Carpet to learn more. You’ll get step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. Keep in mind, that although home-style spot remover vacuums do not have nearly the suction that professional carpet cleaning equipment does, they can be useful in an emergency.
For stains that household cleaning can’t handle, consider exploring COIT’s professional cleaning services as well.