Tea stains are known to be one of those more stubborn types to remove. Some teas have a strong pigmentation that can be hard to remove if spilled on the carpet. Carpet can quickly absorb liquids and its coloring. Both new and old stains can be removed. However, they often require different strategies. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry will share how to remove both new and old tea stains from your carpets.
Universal Carpet Stain Remover Rules
When removing stains from carpet there are the same basic rules that will always apply and it doesn’t matter what falls on the carpets. The first rule is to clean the stain quickly. The faster you react to the stain, the better your chances are of getting the stain out. When cleaning a stain, always use a white cloth. Some of the techniques used to clean stains can cause colored cloth to bleed and add to the stain. When cleaning the stain make sure to use white cloths. When you begin cleaning the stain you will want to start on the outside of the stain first, using a blotting motion. You blot and start from the outside work and then inward to prevent spreading the stain and making it bigger. Never scrub at the stain as it will damage the pile and spread the stain. Next, avoid using heat, especially hot water. The heat can strengthen the stain’s substance, especially those in teas. Lastly, before using any cleaner, either store bought or handmade, test it on a discrete area of the carpet first. Some cleaning agents can actually cause discoloration of the carpet.
How to Remove Fresh Tea Spilt on Carpet
When tea first spills on the carpet you will need to quickly grab a white cloth and begin patting the liquid. Use the cloth to absorb most of the liquid in the carpet. Pour cold water over the stain and pat it until damp. Repeat this two or three times. Next, use a stain remover. If using a manufactured product, follow the instructions for proper use. If you don’t have any stain removers, then mix one cup white vinegar, with three drops of liquid dish soap together. Use a cloth, dip it into the mixture and begin blotting at the stain. Once the stain is gone be sure to rinse the site by pouring plain cold water and pat it dry. Afterward you can vacuum the carpet to help restore the pile.
How to Remove Old Tea Stains from Carpet
If the tea spilled and has had time to dry, you will need to use more aggressive cleaning strategies. If the stain is dry, try pouring water on the stain to help loosen up the dry tea. Next, you will want to use a strong cleaner designed to break loose the staining substances trapped in the carpet. Consider using ammonia or make a borax paste. Mix borax cleaner with water until it makes a paste. Apply the paste over the stain and let it dry. Vacuum up the dry paste and the stain should be removed. You can also use ammonia to remove the stain from the carpet. Afterward, make sure to rinse and dry the site.