Table of Contents

How to Remove Tea Stain From Your Rug

Tea delights our mood in the early morning and after every meal, but when your tea drips, splashes, or spills, it leaves awful marks on your rug. Fortunately, you can remove any tea stain with a little effort and elbow grease in just a few minutes! 

Firstly, you can begin by blotting up the tea spills with a clean, dry cloth or sponge. Secondly, apply your cleaning solution.

In this guideline, we have outlined a proven cleaning method for you. So follow the detailed process to remove a tea stain from your rug. 

Additionally, make sure to get help from our comprehensive stain removal guides for any other beverage incident, such as Red wine, White wine, Beer, Milk, and Coffee. 

Equipment Needed

Distilled White Vinegar  │  Water  │  Butter Knife  │  Baking soda  │  Terry Cloth/Sponge Mild dish detergent

How To Remove The Tea Stain


  1. Prepare the homemade solution

    Mix 1⁄2 cup of cold water with 1⁄2 cup of distilled white vinegar. Make more if the tea stain is quite large but, make sure the ratio of the water to the white vinegar is equal.

  2. Prepare the paste

    Prepare a paste with three shares of baking soda to one share of white vinegar. First, add baking soda to a container of your choice. 

    Second, add in your distilled white vinegar, stirring as you pour. Then, mix the ingredients into a paste.

  3. Cover the stained area with the paste

    Spread the paste onto the stain with a butter knife. Here, you should avoid rubbing the paste into the rug. Instead, try to spread it over the surface of your rug. Once you’ve covered the tea stain with a layer of the paste, let it sit for a few minutes.

    Then, press the paste into the rug with a cloth or sponge. Then, dab the rug with firm but gentle pressure. Don’t scrub it in, as this could push the tea stain deeper into the fibers.

  4. Remove the paste

    Use a dry towel to remove any excess paste. After that, when you feel like the stained area has been saturated, you can lift away the remaining cleaning paste. Next, remove the paste by scraping it towards the center of the stain.

  5. Now it’s time for the vinegar

    Now use your vinegar and water mixture on the stain. Now, you better add the mixture a little at a time to the area. Meanwhile, Use enough to observe a reaction from the vinegar mixture as it reacts with the baking soda on the carpet. 

  6. Dry the stained area

    Clean up the excess liquid. As the vinegar fizzes, use a clean cloth or sponge to dab the tea stain and soak up the vinegar and tea. If necessary, add more vinegar and water. Then, keep blotting until the stain is gone and your cloth comes away clean.

    Finally, rinse the rug with cold water, and dry the area. Once the rug has air-dried, vacuum it thoroughly. 

    Note: If the stained area is quite large, you won’t be able to entirely dry it at home and that will lead to mold and mildew damages on your rug. Ask a professional rug cleaning, if a large portion of your rug is stained by tea or any other liquid.

Ta-da! Now you’ve successfully removed that tea stain from your area rug. But remember, if the stain is old and has dried out inside the rug, then you’d better ask for a professional rug cleaning.

Author: David Khazai
Author: David Khazai

David Khazai is a 5th-generation rug proficient and certified rug appraiser. As an omniscient author, he explores components and symbolism, making him an exceptional expert in the rug cleaning & repair industry

Call Now