Grass Stain Removal
~Pooja Chakrabarty

The Basics of Grass Stain Removal

Grass stains are mostly stains that come when the weather is fine, when you try to indulge yourself by lying on the lush grass in a park. Grass stain removal is similar to the stain removal process for dye stains. Although it is not easy as 1-2-3, the fine art of grass stain removal is not that difficult to learn.

You loll around on the grassy park and when you get up you find yourself with a grass stained outfit. You now have to get back home and find effective methods for grass stain removal.

Grass stains, like mustard stains come under the category of dye stains. Dye stains are generally tough to remove. Hence, grass stain removal is not a cakewalk.

First of all, you must treat the stain immediately. The longer it sits around, the less the chances of its vanishing quickly. If the garment is non-washable, immediately send it off for dry-cleaning.

For grass stain removal, banana oil (amyl acetate) works wonders

Grass stains are water-based stains. Placing the stained area under cold running water would help dissolve the stain. Detergent would help loosen the staining agent from the fabric. This could then be washed away with water.

For grass stain removal, banana oil (amyl acetate) works wonders. Alternatively you could use a solution of ammonia and a mild detergent. If the stain persists, you could use a solution of white vinegar and a mild detergent.

If the stain still refuses to budge, find yourself a bleach that would suit that particular fabric. Before this you should have checked the cloth for colorfastness and to see that it is bleach-safe.

Avoid applying bleach on only the stained area, as it might end up with a color that is different from the rest of the fabric. Instead soak the whole garment entire garment in a solution of the bleach. However, do note that this will lead to an overall lightening of color. Remember, if the stain is going to come out, it will come out within 15 minutes of the bleaching treatment. If it does not disappear within that time, more bleaching will only weaken the fabric.

Also note, if you are using chlorine bleach, the garment color may get changed, and the fabric may also get damaged. Avoid using chlorine bleach on fabrics like silk and wool.

When laundering, use hot water but see to it that the water is so hot that it damages the fabric.

With a little persistence, and quick action, you should be able to remove that grass stain quite effectively.

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