FTD. One of the best delivery systems around provided a gorgeous arrangement of exotic flowers to SWMBO. The bouquet consisted of Stargazer lillies, baby's breath, and another very fragrant flower.
The timing was spectacular; all the flowers were tightly wrapped buds when they arrived but opened simultaneously three days later to provide a stunning riot of color and scent. Unfortunately, by the fifth day, their beauty started to wax so I was asked to remove the display. Upon picking up said flowers, those lillies puffed-a-huff of pollen. My shirt looked like someone had flipped a tray of yellow and brick red dust across my shoulders and chest.
I wasn't worried; I'd simply remove wash the pollen off in the current load of laundry I was planning to run. Up to the laundry room I trucked with shirt. I set it down and saw the amount of pollen and shook it like a dog does a tugrope. The pollen, instead of flipping across the room adhered like duct tape. I puffed the shirt and flicked the fabric from inside and behind the stain. This removed the top layer but the colors or yellow and brick red were still there. I decided to treat the stain with Shout with Resolve, my newest tough-stain remover. I scrubbed the treatment in and let it set, rinsed the area in cold running water over the laundry sink, and checked it again.
Neon yellow and brick red glared back defiantly.
I grabbed the bottle of Clorox 2 and poured a cap-full directly onto the area and roughly scrubbed the fabric back and forth.
The washing machine's basin was filled with water so I loaded the bin up and looked at the stain on the shirt again. Pale yellow and rose pink were still visible.
I set the shirt into the machine and hoped the agitation cycle would pound the stain out.
When the load had cycled through, I pulled out the shirt. The stains are still there. They're "lighter" but still visible.
Is there another treatment I should be using on pollen? Truly, this is becoming a lesson in frustration.