Steps to Remove Tea Stains
Types of Stain Removal
Tea stains can be removed using a variety of methods, depending on the type of fabric that is stained. There are several options:
- Pre-Treat or Soak: This method is best for light-colored cottons and synthetics. Add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to a glass of warm water and mix. Soak the stained area for up to 30 minutes, and then wash in the washing machine as usual.
- Baking Soda and Water: This method works best for delicate fabrics such as silk, and is less likely to cause damage. Dissolve one teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water. Stir until fully dissolved and then dip a cloth into the solution and apply to the stain. Rinse the area thoroughly.
- Detergent: If the stain persists, use a detergent that contains enzymes to break down the stain. Apply the detergent directly to the stain and rub in a circular motion. Rinse the area thoroughly and wash in the washing machine as usual.
- Vinegar: Vinegar acts as a great stain remover. Mix two parts white vinegar to three parts water and soak the stained area in the solution for up to 15 minutes. Rinse the area thoroughly and wash as usual.
- For best results, always treat the stain as soon as possible.
- Test any homemade cleaning solution on a small, hidden area before treating the stain.
- Always wash garments according to the care label.