Removing Grass Stains from Carpet
Grass can stain much more than just clothing. Many green plants can result in grass stains when crushed into soft surfaces, such as carpet. Whether a child has brought a handful of grass in or a pet has torn leaves off of a houseplant, the green foliage can leave a bright green stain when pressed into the carpet.
What You'll Need Before You Start
- Clean, white towels
- Clear acetone
- Dry cleaning solvent
- Mild dishwashing detergent
- Apply clear acetone to a generous area of a folded white towel.
- Blot over the grass-stained carpet until the green color no longer comes up on the towel.
- Apply dry cleaning solvent to a clean, white towel.
- Blot over the stain.
- Use a dry towel to remove any excess moisture from the carpet.
- Mix one tablespoon mild dishwashing detergent into two cups warm water. Stir gently to combine. Moisten a clean, white towel in the detergent solution.
- Blot over the stained area. Follow with a dry towel to remove the excess moisture.
- Sponge with a clean, towel dampened in cool water to remove the detergent solution.
- Blot thoroughly with a dry towel.
Removing Grass Stains from Upholstery
Much like carpet, upholstery fabric can receive grass-type stains from grass or other green foliage found within the home. The key to removing stains from upholstery is to use moderate amounts of liquid. Frequent blotting will reduce the amount of liquid absorbed into the upholstery cushioning when taking steps to remove grass stains.
What You'll Need Before You Start:
- Clean, white towels
- White vinegar
- Rubbing alcohol
Test the cleaning solutions on a hidden area prior to stain application. If there is no discoloration at the test site, it is safe to apply the chemicals to the stained upholstery fabric.
- Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to two-thirds cup of rubbing alcohol. Stir gently to combine.
- Take the folded corner of a clean, white towel and dip in the cleaning solution.
- Gently sponge over the grass-stained upholstery. Avoid pressing too much liquid into the stain.
- Blot to absorb the excess liquid.
- Repeat sponging and blotting until the stain is successfully removed.
There is no need to rinse the cleaning solution from the upholstery. The alcohol will speed the drying process, while the vinegar smell will disappear within a few hours.
Grass stains are a mixed blessing. They usually occur while running, playing and having a good time. Take the time to remove grass stains before they set in and make the stains are just a temporary reminder, instead of a permanent one.