My daughter and son-in-law last night had a vase of lilies blow off a window
sill - the water and the pollen have now stained the carpet. Their initial
enquiries have suggested that these stains cannot be removed and that the
carpet will need to be replaced. Does anyone have any suggestions? (DIY or
Found this on askjeeves:
How do I remove lily pollen stains from clothes?
Pollen stains are difficult to deal with. If detected right away, when
clothing is first in contact with the pollen, do not brush off. Get a vacuum
cleaner and use it without touching the pollen with the nozzle. If we are
past this point, there are two things to try. Goddards company makes a
drycleaning spray, which used as directed on dryclean only fabrics.
Sometimes this can be successful. For washable fabrics you can try the last
resort in stain removal. Soak the item in a strong solution of chlorox 2 and
water (not regular chlorox!!) Allow to soak for days if necessary.
Thanks for the suggestion - the problem is the pollen mixed with the water,
so it was never dry on the carpet to start with.
They've been in touch with the insurance company this afternoon (a call
centre in India!).
(This is obviously a good reason NOT to buy flowers for the wife!)
Top tip for lillies - carry on buying them, but tell the wife if she
takes scissors to them just as they open (ie, each flower head) and cuts
off the stamens, there'll be no pollen stains, and no dribbling nectar
either. Do it early enough and there's none of either on the stameny
stalk things, leave it too late and they'll be covered in pollen that
drops everywhere when you cut them, so it needs doing on a daily basis
to be effective.
Doesn't affect the scent of the lillies whatsoever.
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