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
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
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
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.