How To Remove Pollen Stains from Fabric

With the New Year came bunches and bunches of fresh stargazer lilies. I filled the house with the happy, sweet smelling flowers and they made me smile every time I walked into the room — until I realized that the pollen was rubbing off on the white curtains I just put up.

Of course, the easiest thing to do is to cut out the stamen so that the pollen never has a chance of falling all over a table cloth, brushing off on your clothes are possibly destroying your new curtains. Alas, I did not do this. So here's what I did instead:

1. Do NOT rub it with your hands or a sponge: the wetness will basically set the stain.
2. Tape. Yep, use regular scotch tape to gently lift the pollen off of the fabric.
3. Soft Brush. You can also try a soft bristled brush to whisk it away, but this could still press it into the fabric.
4. Sunlight. I didn't need to try this (and it would be hard to get my curtains down) but many people online say that if you put the pollen in the sun for 3-4 hours that it bleaches out the color.
5. Tide Stick. I had a couple of spots left after using the tape and the tide stick did a good job of getting it out (or course the curtains are white so bleach would have done the trick but this wasn't my first battle with pollen).

How have you gotten pollen out of fabric?

Image: Laure Joliet

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