As Andy Murray lifted the trophy after winning this year’s Wimbledon title, at Astonish HQ we couldn’t help but debate the perils of grass stains.
With 19 Championship grass courts, 22 grass practice courts and a strict dress code, which means that attire should be entirely white, for players there’s no getting away from troublesome grass stains at Wimbledon.
But it’s not just tennis players that have to deal with grass stains. During the summer months, you’ll find yourself tackling a mountain of dirty clothes covered in stains that are reminiscent from a day in the park.
Rather than having to put them through the wash twice or scrub items for hours, Astonish has some handy tips that will leave you ‘acing’ (see what we did there!) the laundry.
Firstly, don’t worry about the colours that you wear when heading outdoors on a sunny day, if your youngster wants to wear all white just like a tennis pro, let them. Bright is beautiful so don’t let the thought of a grassy mess make you say no to your little one.
Our two hero products that will to help leave clothes looking like new are our Oxy Active PLUS Fabric Stain Remover and Fabric Stain Remover Target Spray. Our products will remove grime but also leave you with some pennies left over for some strawberries and cream!
First Things First
- Grass stains can be difficult to remove if not treated as soon as possible. Work from the inside out as this helps to lift the stain off the fabric.
- Whilst out and about, try and dampen the stain with water until you get home. Don’t rub grass stains as there is a high chance you will spread the stain further.
- Before starting make sure you check the washing label to see if the clothes are machine washable; this will affect the best way to treat the grass.
A Bit of Science
- The grass stains consist of a dye from the chlorophyll of the plants that is in a fatty layer and therefore it is very hard to remove through ordinary laundering.
For machine washable clothes:
- Rinse the stain area with cold water to remove any excess mud or dirt.
- Use our Fabric Stain Remover Target Spray as a laundry pre-wash. Spray onto both sides of the fabric where the stain is and for light staining, leave for 10 minutes.
- Rinse with cool water, from the back of the stain, until the water runs clear.
- If the stain has been removed, wash as normal as soon as possible using one of our Non Bio Laundry Liquids. There’s three varieties to pick from including Lavender and Ylang Ylang and Peony and Magnolia (for delicate fabrics).
- If the stain is still visible, repeat as above before washing. You may also need to consider our Oxy Active PLUS Stain Remover for heavier soiled items.
There are a number of options for soaking depending on how difficult you think it will be to get the stains out of your garments. For spot cleaning 1 scoop of Oxy Active PLUS per 5 litres of water will be fine, for stubborn grime then it’s best to use two. Soak the items for an hour in hand warm water (around 40oC) and then put them through your usual wash, you should find that they come out without a trace of the fun you’ve had. For larger or heavier stains you can leave items to soak overnight before washing them as normal.
Really Mucky Stuff!
When you know there’s little hope left then the best thing to do is to soak each area. Simply make a paste using 1 scoop and a little water. Then add that solution to the marked areas and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse and allow to dry before putting through a normal wash.
The Does and Don’ts of Stain Removal
- Do deal with a stain as quickly as possible as you have more of a chance of removing it.
- Do use cold water to rinse a stain, so as not to set it and make it harder to remove later.
- Do read the garment care label instructions on the item of clothing carefully before attempting stain removal that requires a bit of elbow grease. Some items might be too delicate for a do it yourself at home job and you may need to leave it to the professionals. Oxy Active PLUS Stain Remover is a bleach so it is important that any garments are compatible with bleach – this is usually indicated on the garment care label.
- Don’t rub too harshly on a stain as this can cause fading.
With Astonish’s how to guide on removing grass stains for you to take advantage of, you can fall in love with the all-white look this summer and don an outfit that wouldn’t look out of place on centre court!