Tea stains on carpets aren’t that uncommon, especially in British homes. In this article you’ll find a comprehensive guide on how to prepare and use a safe, and affordable home remedy to a common household stain. You can also find information on why this works so well and how it benefits your carpets.
Different types of teas have different amounts of natural dyes in them, in India tea was used as cloth dye, no wonder some people panic when confronted by the removal of such a stain. As a natural product, tea has a lot of minerals and vitamins promoting bacterial growth this is why it’s paramount that you act as soon as possible. A timely response will save you a lot of hassle with the clean up.
The vinegar and baking soda method
First you will need to create a solution.
- Get half a cup of tap water and combine it with ¾ of a cup of vinegar – The water is used to lessen the volatility of the reaction between the vinegar and baking soda.
- Take a small mixing bowl and place 1-2 tbs of baking soda in – this depends on the size and age of your stain. Older stains might need more than 1 try, while more fresh stains will be easier to come out. In those 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda mix 1 tablespoon of water and vinegar mixture. Add accordingly to achieve a paste-like consistency and remember to stir.
- Place enough of the vinegar and baking soda mixture on the stain – use a spoon as to cover it in its entirety.
- Get a small towel and blot the mixture into the fibers of the carpet – let it sit for 5 minutes. Afterwards gently remove the solid residue from the surface of the textile. Do not scrub as it will damage the structure of the carpet, always blot or gently pincer of any remaining debris from the stain or residue from the cleaning solution. It’s OK if you don’t get all of the solid out as it will be used as a final chemical reaction.
- Take the cup of water and vinegar mixture and using a tablespoon get some of the mixture on the stained spot – A leftover chemical reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda will occur and it’s that exact fizzing reaction that gets the final bits of the stain out. The embedded baking soda particles bind to the stain and once in contact with the vinegar turn into CO2 and water, the release of energy from the reaction destroys the bond between the dyes and the fibers of the carpet, cleaning it fully.
- Blot out the spot with a dry towel.
Before using the vinegar and baking soda mixture, use a dry towel to blot out and take out as much of the original moisture of the stain as possible. Skip this step if the stain is already dried. The capillaries in the cloth or paper towel will draw the moisture from the stain and some of the dyes with it, this helps a lot. Once no more moisture is being transferred to your cloth or paper towels its time to use the mixture.
Using a water bottle with a spraying nozzle or a wet sponge dab and blot out the area to rinse any leftover residue from the carpet. Use a dry towel and a weight to draw out any lasting moisture from the carpet and you are good to go. If the stain persists, call a professional, they will be far more prepared and can guarantee results.