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How to get rid of old tea stains in carpet

Updated March 23, 2017

A cup of tea can provide such a comforting experience, unless you find evidence of an old tea spill on your carpet. Remove old tea stains from carpet by using common household supplies. Use a carpet-cleaning solution for intractable stains, recommends the Stain Expert website. Try the household ingredients first. Spend a few minutes neutralising and cleaning the stain for a clean area. Reward yourself with a soothing cup of tea when you're done.

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  1. Wet the stained area to begin to loosen up the old tea stain. Pour distilled water into a spray bottle. Spray the stain with water.

  2. Neutralise the stain with a mixture of 1 cup of distilled water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a squirt bottle. Use distilled water to avoid adding minerals, which can stain, to your carpet. Spray the area directly or wet a clean sponge and apply the solution liberally and indirectly to the stain.

  3. Use paper towels to blot the vinegar and water and to pull the stain from your carpet. Press the towels without pushing the stain deeper into the rug, advises the Vinegar Book website. Repeat adding the vinegar solution as long as you see tea on the paper towels. Dispose of the vinegar solution by pouring it down the drain to freshen its odour.

  4. Rinse the area with clear water. Look for evidence of more stain. Mix 1 cup of water and 1 tbsp dish soap in the squirt bottle. Spray or wet a clean sponge an apply the solution to the remaining stain. Blot with clean paper towels. Dispose of the dish soap mixture.

  5. Dry the area of carpet for an hour. Spray with hydrogen peroxide if you see remaining tea stain. Blot to remove the stain.

  6. Warning

    Avoid saturating your carpet.

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Things You'll Need

  • Squirt bottle
  • Distilled water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Clean sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Carpet cleaner

About the Author

Alyson Paige

Alyson Paige has a master's degree in canon law and began writing professionally in 1998. Her articles specialize in culture, business and home and garden, among many other topics.

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