Removing tea stains
Spilling some tea on the carpet may not be very uncommon if you drink it a lot of if you had some guests at home. Tea leaves stain marks on almost all kind of fabrics. The best thing to do is to act quickly and wash it off with cold water. This removes much of the tea from the fabric, reducing the stain.
The remaining of the stain, that does not wash away with water, needs to be treated in other ways. Here are some simple ways to pull out the stain.
1. Rubbing Alcohol
Take a little of rubbing alcohol in a cotton ball or sponge and dab the stained area slowly with it. If the stain starts to dissolve but slowly, then you can try adding a little more rubbing alcohol.
Keep changing to cleaner parts of the cotton ball or washcloth and use more alcohol as needed. Once the stain is completely gone, rise the carpet with fresh cold water.
Rubbing alcohol is mildly acidic and can work very well to remove light stains.
The next thing to try is vinegar. Use plain white vinegar. Mix one part vinegar with 2 parts water and fill the solution in a spray bottle.
Now spray this mixture on the stain in plenty and then press or dab with a web washcloth. This will loosen the stain and absorb it in the washcloth. Continue doing so, till the stain disappears.
3. Use Shaving Cream
This is an unusual trick that can work well to remove the stain. Squirt a little shaving cream on the stain and gently rub with a sponge or washcloth. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then rinse with cold water and clean out the foam. Repeat the process if necessary, till the whole stain is removed.
4. Commercial Stain removal products
If none of the above works to satisfaction, then you can go ahead and try a stain remover product like these –
Removing tea stains should not be a very daunting task, unless the stain is too deep on a fabric that is too delicate. Any of the above solution should work fine.
Apart from vinegar, you can also use hydrogen peroxide. However use very little of it first to see how it effects the stain and the color of the carpet.
However, remember to do a spot test before applying anything on your carpet. Apply the cleaning solution to some inconspicuous part of the carpet first and see if it looses color or not. If the carpet can stand the effect of the solution then go ahead with applying it on the stain.
If the carpet is something very valuable or expensive, then you may want to call a professional right away rather than trying to remove the stain yourself.