COIT’s Guide to Remove Grass Stains

Do you find that everywhere you look grass stains seem to creep their way into your home?

Whether you’re putting your green thumb to use in the garden or your kids are ruling the soccer fields, grass stains have a sneaky way of showing up all over your house.

So how do you remove these grass stains? Before we dive into the do-it-yourself methods for grass stain removal, let’s take a closer look at what these stains are made of.

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The 411 on Grass Stains

So when you go to remove grass stains, why is it a bit difficult to get rid of them? 

When grass stains your carpet or any clothing, it actually acts as a pigment that dyes the surface it comes into contact with. Grass also contains chlorophyll, which is a green pigment found in cyanobacteria. When these pigments bond with the materials they come into contact with, grass stain removal is often challenging.

These pigments in grass basically stick together and hang on for dear life to your formerly clean carpets and clothes. But with this do-it-yourself method, you can remove grass stains without too much hassle.

Removing Grass Stains from Carpet

When you discover the grass stain, it’s best to tackle the stain removal as soon as possible. Like most stain types, letting the stain sit will allow it to set into the affected material even further. 

As tempting as it may be to place that oh-so-convenient area rug over the stain, give this method a try. 

  1. Upon discovering the grass stain, vacuum using a suction tool. Be sure to use a tool and not a regular vacuum (the rotating brush could make the stain set in deeper – a suction tool is your best bet). 
  1. Using a white cloth, wet the cloth and begin to blot the grass stain. The reason you want to use a white cloth is so you can see how much of the stain is being removed from the surface. 
  1. Once you’ve blotted the stain (avoid rubbing), use a household cleaner that has a pH level of 7.  Mild dish soap is a good household cleaner to try, as its pH level is right around 7. 
  1. Apply a small amount of cleaner directly onto the grass stain. Again, you’ll want to blot the stain using a clean towel. As you blot the stain, it should gradually begin to remove from the carpet. 

What to Avoid with Grass Stain Removal 

When you’re attempting to remove a grass stain, you want to avoid using products that use ammonia or degreaser. Plain white vinegar, Tide liquid or powder detergent, rubbing alcohol, banana oil, and Karo syrup are all ingredients that can be safely used to remove grass stains. 

Additional Do-It-Yourself Methods 

For three more do-it-yourself cleaning procedures to say goodbye to pesky grass stains, view COIT’s Guide to Removing Grass Stains from Carpet to learn more. You’ll get step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. Keep in mind, that although home-style spot remover vacuums do not have nearly the suction that professional carpet cleaning equipment does, they can be useful in an emergency. 

For stains that household cleaning can’t handle, consider exploring COIT’s professional cleaning services as well.

How to Remove Grass Stains from Carpet

COIT’s Guide on how to remove grass stains from Carpet

Keeping your carpet clean amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life is no easy task. Countless types of stains all jump at the chance to rear their ugly heads! 

One of the most common stain types that affect carpet are grass stains. After kids spend time rolling around in the grass (or perhaps you’re simply doing your daily gardening duties), you’re often faced with the task to remove grass from carpet. 

If you’re looking for some do-it-yourself tips to answer the question of how to remove grass stains from carpet, check out any of these three methods below. 

Grass Stain Removal

How to Get Grass Stains Out of Carpet – Method # 1 

  1. Upon discovering the stain, mix a quarter teaspoon of mild laundry detergent with a cup of cold water. Coldwater is the best way to go for this particular stain type. 
  2. Dip a clean towel into the detergent and water mixture. 
  3. Begin by blotting from the outside of the grass stain, working your way in toward the center. Avoid rubbing the stain. 
  4. Continuously check the towel to see how much of the grass stain is transferring from the carpet to the towel. It should begin to disappear. 
  5. Blot the stain using this method until the grass stain is no longer visible. 

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How to Remove Grass Stains from Carpet – Method # 2 

Another at-home method you can try when you’re wondering how to get grass stains out of carpet involves using rubbing alcohol. Check out the step-by-step process below. 

  1.  Vacuum as much of the grass stain as possible (or any remaining soil that may have snuck into the house). 
  2. Apply a bit of laundry detergent directly onto the stain. Put pressure on the stain to remove as much of the green coloring as possible. 
  3. Rinse the stain with tap water and continue blotting. 
  4. Apply an ammonia-based solution directly onto the stain, and blot again. 
  5. Next, pour a generous amount of white vinegar directly onto the affected area. Follow up by blotting the stain. 
  6. Rinse with tap water and use a towel to blot the area dry. 

Remove Grass from Carpet – Method # 3 

The problem of how to get grass stains out of carpet can also be solved using Oxiclean (use according to manufacturer's instructions). Follow these simple steps to give this do-it-yourself method a shot. 

  1. Mix Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remover Powder in cool water.  
  2. Pour the mixture onto the grass stain. 
  3. Let the solution sit and soak into the stain for approximately 5 minutes. 
  4. Rinse the affected area with cold water. 
  5. Blot the carpet with a clean cloth or paper towels to remove the remaining water. 
  6. Once the area of the carpet is dry, vacuum it again. The grass stain should disappear.


If the above-mentioned methods still leave remnants of grass stains, you may want to consider investing in COIT Carpet Cleaning. Using a truck-mounted cleaning system, our team of technicians can conquer the toughest stains that household methods can’t handle. Keep in mind, that although home-style spot remover vacuums do not have nearly the suction that professional carpet cleaning equipment does, they can be useful in an emergency. Don't forget to check out our coupons!

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by the use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.


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Home remedies not working?

If you’re still battling stubborn stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.

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