how to remove tea stains from clothes

How to remove tea stains from clothes


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The alarm clock goes off every morning and it’s time to wake up. Won’t it be nice if someone serves us a nice cup of tea as soon as we wake up? Those who are not lucky enough to get tea in bed have to get up and make themselves a cup. There is always a possibility that you end up spilling some tea on your clothes or on the bed which is awful to say the least because legend has it that tea stains are notoriously difficult to remove. But then nothing is impossible, plus we are here to help you out. So let us tell you how to remove tea stains from clothes and upholstery. Prompt action is essential. It is a common practice to wet a handkerchief or tissue paper and use it to dab out the stain. Don’t do it; this will only spread the stain further and you will have to work harder to get rid of it. Try these steps instead.

Cold water treatment

Cold water works best on tea stains. It’s important to immediately reverse the stained piece of cloth and wash it under running cold water. In case of a deep stain, soak the cloth in soap solution and leave it for a few hours or overnight. NOTE: Read the wash instructions on your garments. Then use detergent and wash accordingly.

Vinegar treatment

Mix 3 cups of white vinegar and 1 cup of clean water. Spray this solution on the tea stain and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and then wash normally in detergent.

Beer treatment

Pour some beer onto the stain. Rub it lightly and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary. Then, wash cloth normally in detergent and then air dry.

Salt treatment

Take some salt granules and put them on the stain. Moisten with a few drops of water and rub. Salt granules work as a gentle scrub that helps clean without damaging the fabric. Wash normally using detergent and air dry. And then there are some expensive clothes that cannot be washed at home. The wash care label on such a cloth would say ‘Dry Clean Only’. It’s always a good idea to get such items professionally cleaned. Do remember to point out the stains when you check in the clothes. So let the cleaners know the nature of the stains so that they can act accordingly. Additional tips:

  • Do not use washing soap bar on these stains.
  • Don’t be rough when you rub the stain out. This can damage the cloth.
  • Cold water treatment works best for Fresh If the stain has been there for a few days, use detergent, vinegar or beer treatment. Most old stains cannot be completely removed.
  • Always rinse off one set of treatment product before using another. The point is not to mix chemicals as they might end up reacting in an unwanted way.
  • You could also use commercial stain removers. Do remember to read the carefully and act accordingly.

Did you try these tips and did they work for you? Do let us know in the comment section. Know some tricks to remove tea stains? Let us know and we will include it in the post when we revise it next time.

About Deepakshi Vasudeva

I am extremely possessive about my things, whether it be clothes, gadgets, furniture or decorative items. Hence, I love cleanliness, hygiene and organisation of things. Check out my blogs for various tips on cleaning, removing stains, packing and moving.

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