Pollen Stain Removal

Pollen Stain Removal Tips And Techniques

Here are my simple pollen stain removal tips describing how to get rid of  pollen stains using sticky tape and sunlight.

However, please note,  prevention is obviously better than removal so take a look at the simple steps you could take to prevent it happening in the first place.

Removing Pollen Stains

If you discover a pollen stain on a garment, the first important point to remember is not to rub the pollen into the garment, and do not wet the material.

Instead, seek to remove the pollen without rubbing. Do this by using a piece of sellotape doubled over, so that the sticky side is exposed outwards. Gently apply the sellotape to the pollen, applying only the minimal amount of pressure so that the pollen will stick to the tape and come away from the garment.

It’s important to keep using clean sticky sellotape to remove the pollen until it is either completely removed, or is more or less completely gone. You can then use more clean sellotape and gently apply greater pressure to the remaining pollen stain.

Next, if there is any sign of pollen stain remaining, place the garment outside in direct sunlight (as long as this will not harm the garment, and as long as the weather is fine and dry). The sun should bleach away the last of the pollen stain.

If you do not have sellotape, you could also try the end of the suction hose of a vacuum cleaner, if appropriate for the garment.To prevent pollen stains, be particularly cautious about purchasing flowers and plants for the home, that carry large amounts of pollen, such as lilies and pussy willow. Ask your florist for advice. If flowers are open at the time of purchase, ask the florist to remove any pollen, or at the first opportunity, remove them yourself after purchasing, and once the flowers have opened sufficiently for you to do so.

If you are unable to remove the pollen stain, seek advice from a cleaning professional, or try one of the pollen stain removal products on the market. Remember to follow instructions before use, and consult the cleaning instructions on the garment label.

To Prevent Pollen Stains.......

Pollen stain removal can be a fiddly task, so it's best to avoid it happening in the first place if you can.

  • If you have cut flowers in the house, if possible, remove the pollen-bearing anthers as soon as they are showing and before they 'ripen'.  Either use a tissue or glove to protect fingers from stains, or clip them out with a small pair of scissors.  Or if purchasing flowers from a florist and pollen can be seen, ask the florist to remove it before taking the flowers home.
  • Position flowers which have a lot of pollen, such as lilies and fennel, to a location of the border away from the possibility of direct contact with clothing.
  • If you see that pollen has dropped onto petals or furniture, remove it immediately to prevent permanent staining.

What Is Pollen?
Links to general information about pollen, including the different types of pollen.

About Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is slightly different to pollen generally. A number of claims are made about it's nutritional and health benefits. Here you'll find an explanation of what bee pollen is, and a look at some of the claims made in light of the evidence.

Flower Pollination
Go from Pollen Stain Removal and learn about flower pollination.

About Bees
Whilst you’re on this site, why not find out about bees or how to create a bee garden.

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