Remove Tea Stains From Carpet
By Steve Gillman
Although they can be some of the worst, you can sometimes
remove tea stains from carpet, or at least lighten them to the
point that they are not too noticeable. Get the spills cleaned
quickly for best results, and to keep the stain from spreading.
But even if you don't get to a spill right away or discover it
later, you can try the following procedure.
Make a solution of two ounces of white vinegar and four ounces
of warm water. Use a spray bottle or just sprinkle this mixture
over the stained area. After a moment remove the excess moisture
by blotting it up with plain (no color) paper towels or a clean
white cotton cloth or rag. Repeat the process until you have
used up the solution. If there is still stain transferring to
the cloth, make m,ore of the mix and continue doing this.
Once you no longer see stain transferring to the cloth it
is time to remove the vinegar. Use a solution of dish soap (I
prefer Dawn or Joy) and warm water - a few drops of the soap
in a cup or less of water. Apply this and blot it up, then repeat
until the vinegar is gone. You can sniff the carpet to be sure
you have removed all of the vinegar solution.
Rinse out the detergent solution using tap water. Rinse, blot
and repeat until the spot is clean.
If some stain remains, you can try using 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Apply it selectively to just the stained fibers, using the corner
of a cloth or a cotton swab. Allow it to sit there for an hour.
Although it turns to water in time, you still might want to rinse
it with tap water to remove any other leftover substances from
the tea stains.
Dry the spot as quickly as you can to prevent any remaining
stain that is deep in the carpet fibers from rising to the top
with moisture. After patting the area with dry rags or paper
towels, place a fan where it can blow over the spot and leave
it on for a few hours.
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