Easy Ways to Remove Artificial Turf Off of Nylon Socks

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Things You'll Need

  • Lint roller

  • Firm bristled brush

  • Tweezers

  • Sponge

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Liquid laundry detergent

Artificial turf can become wedged in your nylon socks.
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After a tough game of pigskin on a field made of artificial turf, you may notice prickly green particles embedded in your socks. During rough play, particles of the turf can come loose from the field and become lodged within the fabric, whether it be nylon, cotton or any other material. While you won't have to get out the bleach and prewash stain remover as you would for a traditional grass stain, you'll need to have the patience for picking out each particle individually.

Step 1

Place your socks flat on an ironing board or covered table. Go over the top and underside of each sock with a lint roller to collect any loose turf particles.

Step 2

Brush the top and underside of each sock vigorously with a firm, bristled brush. As you brush, the static electricity will help loosened particles cling to the brush.

Step 3

Locate each remaining turf particle in the socks and pry them out with a pair of tweezers. Work carefully to avoid ripping any nylon threads loose.

Step 4

Dampen a sponge with rubbing alcohol and dab any areas of the sock that have been stained green. The alcohol will help lift any stains without damaging the nylon. Allow it to penetrate the fabric for two to three minutes. Rinse each sock with cold water.

Step 5

Rub in a small amount of liquid laundry detergent on the stained area and allow it to penetrate for five to 10 minutes. Rinse the socks with cold water and allow them to air-dry.


Wear long pants while playing on artificial turf to avoid getting turf particles lodged into your socks.


Brandon Getty

Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.