Your morning was perfect and you were curled up on the settee, enjoying a perfect cup of Scottish blend, but the cat jumped you and the teacup went toppling onto the carpet. Now a large stain is staring at you, accompanied by several smaller stains and your day is not perfect any more. The prospect of getting down on all fours and straining to get the stain out of the carpet is not an attractive one.
But as tedious as it sounds, removing tea stains is not such a daunting task, after all. Spilling a morning cuppa on the carpet shouldn’t mean that you cannot have it sitting in your favourite chair on the carpet. Help is at hand, and I have more than one way to remove these dreaded stains, and what’s more, is that it can be achieved using household items that you already have tucked away in your cupboards. I will jump right into it.
Cleaning It Up (Method#1)
You will need:
- Clean white terry towels
- Baking soda
- Cold water
- Paper towels
- Soak up as much extra tea off the carpet as you can. This can only be achieved if you are quick about it. Also, it will make the cleaning procedure smoother and you will have a considerably smaller stain to clean.
- Take a large amount of baking soda so that it fills half a cup. Take another cup of water and dip the terry towel in it.
- Now take this towel and dip it in the cup filled with baking soda, so that half of the towel is covered in it.
- Apply this towel on and around the stain. Apply it very gently and try not to rub the stain into the carpet. Also, rubbing too hard will only damage the carpet.
- After covering the entire stain with the baking soda, let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.
- Take another clean terry towel and dip it in cold water, and start pressing it gently across the stain. This should remove the baking soda and lessen the stain gradually. You may, of course, have to repeat the steps a few times until you are satisfied with the results.
- Pat the carpet dry with another terry towel and let it air dry.
Cleaning It Up (Method#2)
You will need:
- An empty spray bottle
- White vinegar
- Warm water
- Paper towels
Just as in method #1, remove all the excess tea using the paper towels, first and foremost.
- In the empty bottle, mix white vinegar and warm water in a 1:2 ratio and shake it well.
- Spray the entire area using the bottle until it is damp to touch. Let this mix sit on the stain for up to 10 minutes.
- Spray and scrub unless you can see the stain weakening before your eyes. Since this is a homemade solution, this might take a little longer than commercially produced stain removers.
- Vinegar has a strong smell so it might linger for a bit. If the smell is too strong for you, dab the area with a terry cloth dipped in cold water and switch on a fan and open a window for the smell to dissipate. This will weaken the solution further and remove the smell gradually.
- Pat the area with a towel, and let the carpet air dry.
Cleaning It Up (Method#3)
You will need:
- Paper napkins
- Common salt
- Carbonated Water
- Cold water
- White terry towels
- This is one of the simplest and the quickest methods of all. But, before starting off, make sure you have removed all the excess spillage using the paper napkins.
- Once the excess tea has been soaked off using the paper towels, simply pour common salt all over the stain(s). What salt will do is absorb the remaining tea which has seeped inside the carpet. Let this sit for about 5 minutes.
- Now pour carbonated water all over this stain. Be sure not to pour too much. Let this sit for another 5 minutes.
- Now take the clean white terry towel, dip it in cold water and rinse off the salt and the carbonated water. Let the carpet air dry. You have successfully removed the tea stain from the carpet!
Some Quick Tips and Precautions
- This is very crucial and I always repeat myself when I say this, but it is worth it if you remove the excess spillage as soon as it happens. Of course, it is a bit of extra work, but you will find this very useful because it is much easier to remove the stain before it sets in. Also, the longer the spillage sits on the carpet, the more dirt it will attract.
- Always blot, never rub.
- No matter whatever solution you put on the stain to remove it, avoid rubbing it too hard. This will not only spread the stain further, but there is also the danger of damaging the fabric of your carpet.
- While using commercial or homemade products (the market is flooded with both), be sure to test them on a small, inconspicuous area of your carpet or rug. This way, you would be able to tell if the product or the solution is damaging your carpet.
- I always recommend using white terry towels for blotting/soaking/wiping. This is because there is no danger of colour spillage as opposed to printed or multi-coloured clothes. Also, they are always better than paper towels for this purpose because eventually the paper towel will give way and come apart all over your carpet, giving you a new problem to deal with.
- While rinsing any stain after you have used cleaning products on it, always use cold water. Warm water may just set it deeper and make it difficult to remove.
- Remember that the solutions I have discussed here are not magic solutions. You may need to repeat some procedures before you are completely satisfied. I cannot say this enough times, but some procedures just need repetition.
So, now you know that I was not joking when I said I had many solutions at hand. These procedures are fairly simple; some of them are downright common sense. So next time, or any time you spill tea all over your carpet, don’t panic but set right about cleaning it immediately. Still, if you are not entirely satisfied by the results, you may want to consider calling a professional.