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31 Jul 17

Summer Grass Stains – Serve and Smash Them

Having watched tennis players from across the country take to the courts and smash it out to be crowned Wimbledon champions, here at Astonish we’ve turned our attention to acing grass stains.

After all, thanks to the combination of Championship grass courts, grass practice courts and an all-white dress code, there will be more grass stains to remove from clothes than you can shake a racket at.

But it’s not just tennis players that have to deal with troublesome grass stains. With the summer holidays just around the corner, we’ve no doubt that you’ll find yourself tackling a mountain of washing covered in stains that are reminders of fun days in the park or in the garden.

Rather than leave you at a disadvantage, we’ve come up with some suggestions on how you can serve up bright white clothes without the need of putting in a load of hard graft. Here’s how you can ace the laundry this summer.

If your little one has seen Andy Murray take to the court in all white and wants to dress like a tennis pro, then let them. Don’t be put off by those mucky grass stains as with our handy tips your safe in the knowledge that you can get rid of them in a spin.

When it comes to doing the laundry, we can’t recommend our Oxy Plus Stain Remover and Fabric Stain Remover enough. Whilst the Oxy Plus will lift and remove even the toughest of dried on stains, Simply, add one scoop to every wash, the Fabric Stain Remover will quickly list stains and marks from fabrics and it is a great pre-treatment to use prior to washing. For those extra tough stains use together pre-treating, followed by an in wash treatment.

The good news is, that all these products as well as the rest of range, offer great value for money and exceptional results, so you will have some pennies left over to indulge in strawberries and cream and even a glass of Pimm’s!

First set – Smash the stain straight away

We know that grass stains can be a right pain but if you work quickly enough you’ll be able to remove all evidence of the troublesome mark. Make sure you treat the stain as soon as possible, trying your best not to let it dry out. If you tackle it swiftly you’ll save yourself more time in the long run.

Work from the inside out as this helps to lift the stain off the fabric.

If you can’t immediately get to your washing machine, try and dampen the stain with some water until you get home. But remember, don’t rub the stain as this will only result in you spreading it further and we would suggest that your gently dab the stain with a white paper kitchen towel.

Always check the washing labels on the dirty item as this will affect how you treat the grass stain. If it is machine washable, pre-treat the stain first, before sticking in the washing machine. For delicate items, it may be a case of pre-treating and soaking.

Second set – Now for the technical stuff

We all know that grass stains are difficult to get out of clothes, but why so? It’s all to do with the dye from the chlorophyll of the plants. As it sits in a fatty layer, detergents are needed to lift this whilst oxygen based bleach will remove the chlorophyll colour.

Third set – The How To

For clothes that you can stick in the wash, simply wash the stain area with cold water which will help to remove any excess mud or dirt. Then squirt some of our Fabric Stain Remover onto the stain as a laundry-pre wash. Spray onto both sides of the fabric and then leave for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, rinse with cool water, from the back of the stain, until the water runs clear.

If you’ve said so long to the stain then that’s great news, you can now move onto the next stage. Wash as normal using one of our laundry liquids and/or our Oxy Plus (but check garments are safe to wash with bleach first).

Should the stain still want to stick around, it’s back to the pre-wash stage. Repeat this and consider using our Oxy Plus Stain Remover too – it’s great for really mucky stuff.

Give it a soak

Need to soak the item? Well, there are a number of options depending on the level of dirtiness. For spot cleaning one scoop of Oxy Plus Stain Remover per five litres of water will do just the job and for even more stubborn stains try two.

Soak for at least an hour in hand warm water and then wash as usual. For bigger stains, it may be a case of leaving them overnight before washing as normal.

So all in all, don’t let the thought of grass stains ruin your summer of fun. Give the troublesome marks the elbow by taking advantage of our tips and falling in love with the all-white look.

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