The best way to get pollen out of the carpet

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Nothing brightens up your home — and your mood — quite like a bouquet of fresh flowers. But we all know the dread of getting pollen on your carpet as it's not an easy stain to remove.

Fortunately, there are ways to remove pollen stains before they become a permanent feature of your lovely carpet. Here's what you need to know.

The sticky tape method

The most important thing to remember when it comes to getting out pollen stains is that scrubbing is the worst thing you can do! It only pushes the pollen deeper into the carpet and makes it harder to get out.

Instead, we recommend using sticky tape to lift the pollen out. Wrap the tape around your finger and lightly tap the affected area. This will lift away the pollen and prevent a stain.

How to remove pollen from carpet

After lifting the pollen out using the sticky tape method above, treat any remaining stain using Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle carefully and — as always when you're dealing with carpet — don't scrub!

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Prevention is better than cure

As with all stains, preventing pollen stains is much more effective than trying to remove them.

When you've bought cut flowers, particularly lilies, remove the stamen as this is the part that produces pollen.

The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies suggests that before a stamen gets too powdery, hold each flower over the sink and cut off the stamen using a pair of sharp, fine scissors.

Traces of pollen brought into your home in very small quantities on your shoes or on your pet's fur is unlikely to cause stains but it won't be appreciated by any hayfever sufferers in your household. Always remove your shoes before coming into the house and give your pet a good brush before they come inside, too.

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