With the summer season comes summer time sports, outings, and more backyard play. Often what occurs next is that dirt and grass is brought into your home and eventually it stains your carpets. Many are surprised to see how difficult removing grass stains can be and how easily carpet can get stained by grass. For those who need help removing those stubborn grass stains, Heart of Texas Chem-Dry will share why grass causes such stubborn spots and will walk you through each step in removing green grass stain out of your carpet.
Why Are Grass Stains So Hard to Get Out?
Grass stains are more difficult to remove because grass contains chlorophyll. This is a natural dye and is what gives grass the green color. Due to the levels of chlorophyll in grass, it can easily dye cloth or fibers such as upholstery, rugs, and carpet, which are difficult to remove. When grass stains do occur it is important to act quickly. The longer the stain sits on the carpet the harder it will be to remove the stain or dye out of the carpet. Follow these steps to remove those stubborn green grass stains out of your carpet.
How to Remove Grass Stains Step by Step
Step 1. Start by vacuuming the carpet thoroughly around the grass stains. Use the vacuum hose and suction tool. Avoid rolling the vacuum over the stain as you can spread or push the stain deeper into the carpet. Using the hose, go up and down. Lift the hose each time you go up make sure you don’t rub the stain deeper into the carpet or spread it further. Vacuuming is an important step and should never be skipped. In so doing, it will prevent creating further stains as you clean the carpet.
Step 2. Dampen a white paper towel or cleaning cloth in cold water. Blot the grass stain. Never scrub or rub or you can make the stain spread. Continue to blot the stain until you’re not lifting any more of the grass stain up and into the cloth.
Step 3. Next mix together 2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap with warm water. With a white cloth, dip and blot again. The soapy water should begin to remove the stain. Continue to blot until the stain dissolves. Make sure you rinse the area with cold water. Pour a small amount of cold water over the stain then blot dry.
Step 4. Some carpet holds onto stains more than others. If the dish soap mixture didn’t do the trick then you may need a more aggressive method to remove the stain. There are few solutions you can try. Dip and blot with either banana oil, white wine vinegar diluted with water, or rubbing alcohol. Blot using any one of these methods then rinse with cold water. Use the same rinse method as before.
Note: Avoid using ammonia. As it works great to remove stubborn stains, it can also discolor the carpet. Make sure to always test your carpet before using any of these cleaning methods. In a small discrete area of the carpet, test your cleaning solution to see the affects. If no discoloration occurs then you can proceed.