Preventing Stains from Indoor Plant Water

House plants make beautiful additions to any indoor space. Having house plants indoors can clean the air, adding oxygen and reducing toxins by acting as air filters. House plants also add humidity to the air.

As with most good things, there are some cautions. One in particular is to avoid overwatering.

Plant water from the bottom of a plant pot contains dirt, minerals and fertilizers washed from the soil. These can collect in the bottom of the plant saucer.

Subsequent watering of your plant can result in the water picking up the minerals, dirt, and fertilizer. If you overwater, or jostle the plant pot, this laden water can then spill over from the saucer and stain your furniture, woodwork, or carpet.

If you have larger plants such as trees or palms that are sitting directly on carpet or flooring, having a larger than usual tray under the pot is necessary.

2 replies
  1. Norry (Rug Man) Clephane
    Norry (Rug Man) Clephane says:

    The safest thing is to just keep them away from rugs and carpets altogether – it’s not just the stain you need to worry about – moisture is the natural enemy of wool rugs and carpets.

  2. Norry (Rug Man) Clephane
    Norry (Rug Man) Clephane says:

    The safest thing is to just keep them away from rugs and carpets altogether – it’s not just the stain you need to worry about – moisture is the natural enemy of wool rugs and carpets.

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