We love Spring: The warm weather, the longer days, the flowers, and the greening grass and trees. Of course, another sure sign of Spring that we're less in love with is the complete covering of pollen on our cars, clothes, sidewalks and decks, patio furniture, windowsills ( blowing inside our houses), and kids. Luckily, it's relatively easy to get rid of.
For outdoor furniture, sidewalks, patios, and cars the easiest way to get rid of pollen is with a garden hose. Simply spray down whatever it is covered in pollen, and it should run off into the grass or down the curb. You can also use the hose on your house if there's pollen covering your house. (You can also rent a power-washer to do this.)
For pollen that's embedded itself in outdoor fabrics, you might need to use a little elbow grease. Especially if poeple will be sitting on cusions, you don't want them getting dirty. Start by hosing down, you can then use a spray bottle with warm water mixed with a teaspoon or two of dish washing detergent. Shake well and get sudsy and spray. Next grab a scrub brush and scrub the furniture down. You can hose it off when you're done.
(You might not want to put so much elbow grease into washing off the furniture until you know all the pollen is done coming down.)
For laundry stains, be careful not to rub pollen in to fabric. Shake off as much as possible, and soak in cold water with a bit of oxyclean for about 30 minutes.
Do you have a pollen problem?