Playing on an artificial turf field can be an exhilarating experience, but it can also come with a frustrating aftermath: tiny green particles embedded in your socks. These particles can become dislodged during intense gameplay and get trapped in the fabric of your socks, regardless of the material. Unlike traditional grass stains that require bleach and prewash stain remover, removing turf particles requires a bit more patience as you have to pick them out one by one.
But don’t worry, in this blog post, we’ll share some practical tips and tricks to help you get rid of turf from your socks easily and quickly, so you can focus on your game and not your laundry.
Does Turf Come Out of Clothes?
Yes, turf can come out of clothes with proper care and treatment. Turf particles are typically not as stubborn as grass stains and can be removed with a little effort. You can start by brushing off any loose particles and then pretreating the stain with a laundry stain remover.
You can then wash the garment in the washing machine on a warm or cold cycle, depending on the care label instructions. If the stain persists, you can repeat the pretreatment and washing process or try using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to help remove the stain.
It’s important to note that the type of fabric and the severity of the stain may impact how successful the stain removal process is, but with a little persistence, you should be able to get turf out of clothes.
How to Get Turf Out of Socks
Brush Off Particles
Brush off the loose particles: Before treating the stain, gently brush off any loose particles from the sock surface. This will help loosen up any particles that are not fully embedded in the fabric.
Pre-Treat with Laundry Stain Remover
Pre-treating with a laundry stain remover is a very effective method to remove turf particles from socks. Simply apply the stain remover to the affected area of the sock, making sure to cover the entire stained area.
Let it sit for a few minutes (according to the instructions on the product) to allow the stain remover to penetrate the fabric and break down the particles. Then, wash the socks as usual.
This method works well for both new and set-in stains. Just be sure to check the care label instructions on your socks to ensure that the stain remover is safe to use on the fabric.
Socking in Vinegar
soaking the socks in white vinegar is a very effective method to remove turf particles from socks. White vinegar is a natural and safe ingredient that can help dissolve the particles and leave your socks clean and fresh. Here’s how to do it:
- Fill a bucket or sink with enough warm water to cover the affected area of the socks.
- Add one cup of white vinegar for every gallon of water in the bucket or sink. Mix well.
- Submerge the socks in the vinegar solution and let them soak for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, remove the socks from the solution and wash them in the washing machine as usual.
White vinegar can also help remove other types of stains and odors from your clothes. Just be sure to check the care label instructions on your socks to ensure that soaking in vinegar is safe for the fabric.
Baking soda is a natural and safe ingredient that can help break down and lift out the particles from the fabric. Here’s how to do it:
- Mix equal parts baking soda and water in a bowl to make a paste.
- Apply the paste to the affected area of the socks, making sure to cover the entire stained area.
- Let the paste sit on the socks for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate the fabric and break down the particles.
- After a few minutes, rinse the socks with cold water to remove the paste.
- Wash the socks as usual.
Yes, using a wire brush can be an effective method to remove turf particles from socks. A wire brush can help loosen and remove the particles that are embedded in the fabric. However, it is important to be careful when using a wire brush so as not to damage the fabric. Here’s how to do it:
- Gently brush the affected area of the sock with a wire brush. Be sure to brush in the same direction as the fabric’s weave.
- Continue brushing until the particles are loosened and lifted out of the fabric.
- Shake the sock to remove any loose particles.
- Wash as usual.
How Do You Get Turf Stains Out of Socks?
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent that can help break down and lift out the particles from the fabric, while dish soap can help remove dirt and grime from the socks.
The combination can be effective to remove turf stains from socks. Here’s how to do it:
- Make a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing soap
- Apply the solution to the affected area of the socks and use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the stain.
- Let the solution sit on the socks for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse the socks with cold water to remove the solution.
- Wash as usual.