If you are good at removing grass stains and other types of dirt and soil from a variety of household items (including clothing), you might want to add laundry cleaning to the list of house cleaning services you provide.
Grass stains are by far the most common type of stain. They are commonly thought to be difficult to remove, so you may get some requests from your clients regarding grass stain removal. It’s actually quite easy, and can be accomplished by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Pre-Treat the Grass Stain
Pre-treating is absolutely essential in the removal of grass stains. There are several options, each equally effective.
Wet a sponge with isopropyl alcohol, and allow it to air dry. Once the sponge is dry, dampen it with cool water and work in some liquid laundry detergent . Scrub the grass stain vigorously with the sponge.
Use a commercial grass stain pre-treater. There are quite a few are the market that have been proven to be very effective at removing grass stains. Cover the affected area with the treatment solution and work it in, then allow it to sit for one to five minutes, depending on the severity and age of the stain.
Make a paste using digestive enzymes. These enzymes can be found at many health food stores, in both capsule and powder format. They are excellent at breaking down the protein in grass stains. Use a tablespoon of powder (break open the capsules if powder form was not available; usually 3-4 capsules equal a tablespoon of powder) and mix it with warm water until a thin paste has formed. Apply this to the grass stain and work it into the fabric.
Mix equal parts distilled vinegar and water, and dampen the grass stain, making sure to cover the entire area. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, but be sure not to let it dry completely before washing.
Step 2: Wash the Garment
Once you’ve pre-treated the stain and allowed it to sit for the appropriate amount of time, toss the item into the washing machine along with a good quality laundry detergent. Several popular detergent brands offer products specifically geared toward grass stains, and these should be used if you have them available.
Once the garment is cleaned but still wet, check the area to see if the stain has been removed. It’s important that you don’t dry the item until the stain has been removed, as the high heat of a dryer will cause the stain to set into the fibers.
Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 & 2 as Necessary
The above steps pose no threat to the integrity of the fabric and may be repeated as often as is necessary to completely remove the stain. Once the stain has been banished, you can dry the garment as you would normally.