Pollen is great for bees, but it is not so great for your upholstery. Pollen can get carried into your house, but it generally gets onto your upholstery when you have flowers inside of your house. All that yellow pollen can leave a nasty stain behind if it gets ground into your couch or carpet. Here is what you should do when you see pollen on your upholstery.
Start By Vacuuming It Up
The first thing you should do when you see pollen on your upholstery is vacuum it up. Be careful with the vacuum and don't grind it into the ground. Use an attachment and place it right on top of the pollen to ensure that you vacuum it all up. Once all the visible pollen is gone, vacuum the entire surrounding area; the pollen could have spread and just not have accumulated enough to be visible to your naked eye yet.
Tape It Up
Second, you are going to want to use scotch tape to pull up any pollen that is left. Make a loop out of scotch tape and put it around your hand, with the sticky side facing outward. Use that to gently grab and remove any pollen that is still on your upholstery. The pollen should stick to the sticky residue of the tape. As pollen sticks to the tape, move the loop of the tape and use fresh tape to press and remove the rest of the pollen.
Dissolve It With Rubbing Alcohol
If the pollen has already set into the upholstery and stained it, you are going to have to go a step further. Take a little rubbing alcohol and put it on a rag. Then, take the rag and blot at the area. The robbing alcohol should dissolve any pollen that has gotten stuck on the upholstery. It should break it down and pick it up at the same time. Just be aware that rubbing alcohol has a strong smell to it, so you may want to wear a face mask for this step.
Lather It Up
If for some reason there is still a pollen stain, you are going to want to get out some shaving foam that is white. Spray the shaving foam onto the upholstery where the stain is located. Let it sit for a few minutes; this will allow the soap in the shaving foam to break down the pollen. Then, scrub the upholstery and the shaving foam. This may create more bubbles and foam, but it should lift any remaining stubborn pollen.
Rinse The Area
Finally, you are going to want to rinse the area by applying a little cold water with a clean rag. This should remove any rubbing alcohol, shaving cream or pollen that is still left on your upholstery. Then, just allow the area to dry out.
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