Thanks for the tip about isopropyl alcohol for stains. After a vase of lilies fell over onto our cream carpet (I know, we were asking for trouble), there was a stubborn yellow stain which was resistant to all cleaning solutions known to mankind. I'd tried everything: Vanish, stain remover, carpet cleaner - but a trip to Maplins for a £9.99 can of the stuff meant that I was spared the hassle of an insurance claim. I just sprayed it on and mopped it up with kitchen roll. Job done!
I had orange pollen rubbed into my rug by my 2 year old son. I don't know how to remove it. I have used some carpet spray cleaners but it has not come out. Can anyone help me?
I have pollen stains on my wool/synthetic carpet where a visiting child knocked over a vase of liliums. So far I have tried Amway carpet cleaner unsuccessfully. Please help.
By Patricia from Adelaide, SA
I came home to lily pollen on my light beige 100% wool carpet and used my Folex carpet cleaner that works like a charm on most stains. I made it worse and had bright orange stains much bigger than at first, as I read later the water and rubbing just spreads it around. I Googled pollen stain on carpet and found this website. What a lifesaver! I used 91%isopropyl alcohol from my pharmacy (they didn't have 99%)and voila! it worked liked a charm. I poured it over the stains and blotted it up with paper towels. Another treatment after that dried and my carpet is stain free! What a brilliant tip, I never would have thought of it. And it has no odor like mineral spirits.. Another suggestion I was going to use if this didn't work.
Thanks so much! Pamela
I have got two bright yellow lily pollen stains on my beige carpet, which despite washing with water and treating with several doses of Vanish refuse to disappear. I know washing them was a mistake, but I must get them removed as I am moving out in less than a month. Please help, as there seems to be no solution other than ripping up the carpet!
By Tina from Somerset
Pollen Stains. If lily pollen (the golden or reddish "dust" on the anthers of each bloom) gets on your clothing, let it "dry", then carefully brush it away with a dry, soft brush or facial tissue. Or gently dab pieces of adhesive tape on the fabric until the pollen is gone. Do not brush the pollen away with your hands (oils from your skin will set the stain), and do not use water or a wet cloth (this will spread and set the stain). If some pollen still remains, place the item in direct sunlight for a couple of hours; the stain should disappear. Pollen stains can often be removed from washable fabrics with an enzymatic detergent such as Era.
[Ed: Carefully remove the anthers from the flowers as they open. Pollen can be "stuck" to flowers (such as lilies, arum, calla, etc.) by giving the flowers a quick spray with hair spray if the flower is to used for a short use, such as a wedding bouquet.] (08/19/2006)
By Michael M