Sunshine Coast Florist

The bright yellow pollen is very pretty, but makes for a stubborn stain on your clothes or tablecloth.

Our first bit of advice to you is to remove the stamens that hold the pollen as soon as possible. The pollen is important when the plant is growing but not once the flowers are cut.

Many lilies have obvious stamens with pollen. Use a sharp pair of scissors and some paper towel to cut off the end of each stamen and catch any falling pollen.

If you have ever received or bought a beautiful bunch of lily’s then you know that it doesn’t take long for those gorgeous flowers to open up! It also doesn’t take long for the pollen on the stamen to start dropping everywhere, so get in quick before it makes a permanent mark!

If you have to remove the stain, we recommend following the instructions from The Spruce

  1. Never try to rub out a pollen stain.
  2. Blow, shake, or use sticky tape to lift away the pollen grains.
  3. It is best to keep the pollen dry and remove as much as possible before moving on to wet cleaning methods.
  4. Do not rub or brush away the pollen with your hand or a cloth. (If you do, it will push the pollen’s yellow dye deeper into the fabric).

  5. Take the fabric outside and shake off the pollen.

  6. Or, use a piece of sticky tape to pick up the pollen grains. The trick is to keep the pollen from penetrating the fibers of the fabric.

  7. Soak in Oxygen-Based Bleach As soon as possible, fill a deep sink or plastic tub with a solution of cold water and oxygen-based bleach. Follow the package directions for how much oxygen bleach to use per litre of water and mix enough so that the entire garment can be submerged.

  8. Allow the pollen-stained item to soak for at least four hours; overnight is even better.

  9. Check the stained area.

  10. Machine Wash as usual.

According to Cleanpedia:-

If you often bring lilies into your home, consider removing the anthers (the pollen-bearing oval tips inside the flower) early on, before the lily has opened properly. At this stage, they should still be rubbery, and therefore easy to gently remove without marking anything. If the flower has already opened, avoid lily pollen stains by carefully using a tissue to wrap the anthers as you pull them off. Dispose of these carefully, as lily pollen can be incredibly poisonous to cats.

We hope you love your beautiful flowers, and hope that our tips help save your clothes from any mishaps!

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