STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE: Tea

Tea

When your tea drips, splashes, or spills, it can leave awful marks on your rug. Fortunately, with a little effort and elbow grease, you can remove those tea stains in just a few minutes! You can begin by blotting up as much of the tea as possible with a clean, dry cloth or sponge. Then, apply your chosen cleaning solution (we have outlined a few for you below). Here is a more detailed process to follow when cleaning up tea stains on your rug. 

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

1. Equipment Needed

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

2. Steps 

1.

Mix together 1⁄2 cup of cold water with 1⁄2 cup of distilled white vinegar. Combine the ingredients. You can make more if the stain is larger Just be sure to use a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water.

2.

Make a paste with 3 parts baking soda to a part vinegar. Add baking soda to a container of your choice. Next, add in your distilled white vinegar, stirring as you pour. Mix the ingredients into a paste.

3.

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

4.

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

5.

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

6.

 Now use your vinegar and water mixture on the stain. Being sure to add the mixture, a little at a time to the area. Use enough so that you get a response from the vinegar mixture as it reacts with the baking soda on the carpet. 

7.

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

8.

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

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