Grass stains – a sure-fire sign of a good day’s play, but also some hard work to come. From a day on the pitch to a slip in the park, grass stains are something we’ll all have to deal with at one point or another.
While many stains will easily come out in a normal wash cycle, others require extra attention and preparation to remove fully.
Below, we’ll share our top tips for effectively removing grass stains from your clothing.
1. Always use cold water
For many stains, such as oil or grease, hot water is the best choice, as it serves to break down the fat.
But for non-fatty stains, like those from dirt and grass, hot water will further set the stain.
Instead, soak your garment in cold water to loosen and soften the stain, effectively making it more vulnerable to your later removal efforts.
2. Try a stain remover
If the stain isn’t deep, try gently rubbing a stain remover into it and letting it sit for about 5 minutes. Then, wash normally.
By pre-treating the stain with the stain remover, you help loosen it and give the washing machine a better chance of completely removing it.
3. Use rubbing alcohol
If you’re dealing with a more deeply-set stain, you’ll need to use stronger products. To apply the rubbing alcohol, use a cotton pad or clean sponge and gently dab it into the stain.
Make sure not to scrub or wipe the stain, as that will only spread it out.
Rinse again in cold water, then gently rub some liquid detergent into the fabric. Let it rest for 5 – 10 minutes, and then wash with similar colours.
4. Try a toothbrush
If you’d like to take a more aggressive approach to get grass stains out, feel free to use an old toothbrush in your scrubbing efforts.
The bristles of the toothbrush will loosen the stain from the fabric – just be sure to scrub gently, as you want to avoid damaging the material.
5. Go natural
If you prefer to use natural substances on your clothing, then you can easily make a vinegar & water solution to work with.
Mix one part white vinegar with two parts water and apply as you would the liquid detergent or stain remover. Then, wash with similar colours after the garment has been thoroughly soaked.
Grass stains don’t have to signal the end of an era for your favourite leggings. With a little TLC and some patience, you can easily banish grass stains for good.
For those of you that would rather spend your time doing anything other than treating grass stains by hand, you can use Zipjet.
Just send your grass-stained items in for our Folded Laundry or Ironed Laundry & Dry Cleaning service and mention which garments are affected by stains.
We’ll then let our experts go to work.
And finally, a shout out to our favourite grass-stained clients/top-notch cricket team – the Plastics XI.
We’re always more than happy to rid their lovely uniforms of all the grass, mud, sweat & tears collected after a good day’s work.
Check out their blog to keep up with their latest season and take a gander at those gorgeous (super clean) uniforms.