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Tea stains - easy to get out


Do you like to drink tea? Surely this is true, because all over the world there are millions of fans of this drink. And they all agree on the same opinion: tea invigorates, gives health and good mood, but stains from it are a real punishment, often the usual washing is not enough to wash them. How to remove traces of awkward tea drinking from clothes, textiles and paper surfaces? There are such methods, and today we will consider them.

How to remove stains from black and green tea

Shed tea on clothes or any surface, try to remove the liquid as soon as possible. Fresh tea stain is very easy to wash off with almost any fibers and fabrics, even in cold water. And there is no difference, was black tea or green. But if the stain had time to dry, you will have to try.

Try to remove the stain of spilled tea as quickly as possible before it starts to dry.

The fact is that the reason for the persistence of such pollution is tannin, a tanning agent that is contained in tea. In black it is, of course, more than in green, therefore its color is more intense. But the resistance to otstyryvaniya in both spots will be the same.

Do not be upset about the type of tea stain. Everything is in our hands, and we can easily cope with this trouble on our own, most likely, dry cleaning will not be needed here. And you must have stain-removing products right at your fingertips.

8 tea stain removers

  1. Fresh lemon juice. Tannin, which is contained in tea and is responsible for the intensity of its color, is perfectly split by lemon juice. Gently apply the juice to the stain, wait a few minutes and wash the item in the usual way.
  2. Warmed glycerin. Tea spots on silk and woolen fabrics can be removed with warm glycerin, applying it with a sponge or cotton wool. After 15 minutes, rinse the spot where there was a stain with warm water, then blot a few times with a napkin.
  3. Hydrogen peroxide. Delicate things from thin delicate fabrics process hydrogen peroxide, then wash in cold water.
  4. A solution of citric or oxalic acid. 1 teaspoon of oxalic acid or 2 teaspoons of citric acid dissolve in a glass of cold water. Soak a sponge or cotton swab in the solution, carefully wipe the stain. After that - wash in the usual way.
  5. Ammonia and water. A typical solution of 1 teaspoon of ammonia per liter of cold water also copes well with teaspots. Dampen a stain with it, before which you put a piece of white cloth. The stain will remain on this napkin. If after salary remains stains, remove them with a 10% solution of citric acid. 15 minutes after treatment, thoroughly rinse the product, and then wash it in warm water.
  6. Salt with glycerin. Mix salt and glycerin to a slurry, apply it on the stain, leave for a few minutes. Tea stains should discolor. When the stain is gone, wash the thing in the usual way.
  7. Glycerin with ammonia. Take 2 tablespoons of glycerin, add ½ tsp of ammonia, mix. Moisten a cotton swab in the resulting mixture and wipe the stain with it until completely removed. When finished, wash the thing, if it is clothing, or wash it off with clean water, if you have processed upholstered furniture or carpet.
  8. Bleach. Tea stains on white cotton can be removed with a rather aggressive agent - chlorine, more precisely, chlorine bleach. But this method is only suitable for cotton, and fabrics such as silk, wool and synthetics are easily spoiled in this way. At the site of the red tea stain, you will get a hole, because chlorine eats away the fibers.

Photo Gallery: products that break tea stains

Chlorine bleach is suitable for removing stains from white things from cotton

Ammonia beforehand required to dilute with water

Glycerin needs to be heated and applied to the stain.

Lemon juice instantly brightens the tea stain

For processing tea stains on thin fabrics, use hydrogen peroxide

Oxalic and citric acids, dissolved in water, do an excellent job with old tea stains.

Note! If you doubt the efficacy of a particular product, treat it with a small amount of inconspicuous area on the product. So you can find out in advance if the thing will not be damaged in the process of removing the stain.

Now let's take a closer look at how to apply these methods correctly and safely for your things.

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Each type of fabric has its own characteristics, which should be paid attention to when washing and cleaning stains, including tea. A washing machine will help you cope with such a nuisance as tea blots on clothes, if you do not have time to scrub them manually. But it is important to know how to properly wash this thing in order to remove the stain without spoiling it.

With the help of machine wash it is easy to remove the stains of tea from things of any color from any fabric

15 minutes before washing colored items on the stain, pre-apply preheated glycerin.

Table: settings of the machine and means for cleaning tea stains from different types of fabric

Type of fabricMode / temperature / spin speedLaundry detergent options
White cotton or linenQuick wash + rinse / 40 ° / 1000 rpm
  • Chlorine bleach
  • oxalic acid (2 tbsp. l.).
Colored cotton or linenQuick wash + rinse / 40 ° / 1000 rpm
  • Borax (1-2 tsp.),
  • citric acid (2 tbsp.),
  • vinegar (3 tbsp.)
SyntheticsPrewash + quick wash + rinse / 40 ° / 900 rpm
  • Borax (1-2 tsp.),
  • citric acid (2 tbsp.),
  • vinegar (3 tbsp.)
WoolQuick wash + rinse / 40 ° / 900 rpm
  • Borax (1-2 tsp.) + Soap chips (50 g),
  • citric acid (1 tbsp. l.),
  • vinegar (2 tbsp. l.).
Colored fabrics of any type (not delicate)Prewash + quick wash + rinse / 40 ° 1000 rpm
  • Borax (1-2 tsp.),
  • citric acid (2 tbsp.),
  • vinegar (3 tbsp.)
Delicate fabricsQuick wash + rinse / 40 ° / 700 rpm
  • Citric acid (1 tsp.),
  • vinegar (2 tsp.).

Important! Borax (sodium tetraborate) is not suitable for washing children's clothes and clothing for people prone to allergies.

How to display manually

So it turns out that tea tends to fall on everything around, not only on clothes, but also on furniture, curtains, tablecloths, wallpapers, books and notebooks on the table. This is due to our carelessness, which means that we are also engaged in removing spots.

Even from a light carpet, removing a tea stain is not so difficult if you do it right away.

Take note of two rules:

  1. Apply cleaning solutions from the edges of the spot to the center so that the liquid does not have time to spread.
  2. First, use a solution of lower concentration, increasing it only if necessary.

With white things, tablecloths, tulle

These contaminants can be removed without washing. If it so happens that tea got on a white cloth made of cotton or linen, bed linen, towel or tulle, try to wipe it off with a sponge dipped in liquid ammonia. Before that you need under the polluted area to make a substrate of soft tissue or blotting paper. When clean the stain, moisten the place with 10% citric acid solution, leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse with clean water.

Try rubbing the stain with lemon juice. It cleaves tannin well, especially on white tissues. If the lemon was not at hand, it will be replaced by hydrogen peroxide.

Previous funds did not help? Then it's time for oxalic acid. Dissolve ½ teaspoonful of this substance in a glass of water and rub the stain.

The peculiarity of oxalic acid is that it perfectly removes external stains from white fabrics, and is not suitable for colored ones.

Instead of oxalic acid, you can use hyposulfite - 1 tsp per cup of water. Only rinse the thing after treatment with this tool is necessary not in pure water, but in a solution of ammonia (2 tsp. Per 1 liter of water).

Oxalic acid will help to reduce stains from white fabrics, but is not suitable for color

Heated glycerin applied to the tea stain will also do a good job. Leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse the item in warm water. If the stain is already dried and dried, strengthen the product by adding ammonia (1/2 tsp. Ammonia and 2 tsp. Glycerin). After removing the stain, wash the product with powder or soap.

With stains from tea on unpretentious fabrics any chlorine bleach will perfectly cope. Dilute it in water according to the instructions and soak clothes, bed linen, towel, tablecloth in the solution. The time required for soaking is also indicated in the instructions. After that, things just enough to wash and rinse. For tulle and delicate fabrics, chlorine bleach is not suitable.

With colored clothes, with jeans, with a knitted sweater

The 10% borax solution will help remove stains from colored items from any fabric: denim, wool, linen, cotton and silk. Even a sweater tight or loose knit can be like new. Apply the solution to a cotton swab and rub the stain until it is completely dissolved. After that, moisten a piece of cloth in soapy water and wipe the place where there was a stain. It remains only to rinse the thing in warm water.

Sodium tetraborate will clean stains from colored clothing, denim and wool fabrics.

If the fabric is very bright, and you are afraid that the colors will fade, rinse the product in cold water with vinegar.

With carpet and sofa

If you spilled tea on these interior items, first of all you need to try to remove as much liquid as possible and then remove the traces of the drink.

  1. Blot the surface with an absorbent cotton or microfiber cloth or paper towels. Just do not rub the stain, otherwise it will penetrate into the fibers even deeper.

    First blot spilled tea with a napkin

  2. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of dishwashing detergent in two glasses of cold water. Apply quite a bit of this solution on a soft sponge, wipe the contaminated area with it. It is important not to increase the stain, so you need a minimum amount of moisture on the sponge. For convenience, the solution can be applied with a spray.

    Apply the detergent solution to the sponge and wipe the stain

  3. Rinse the stain gently with clean water, blot any excess moisture again with a tissue or absorbent cloth.
  4. Now apply a water solution of table vinegar (1: 1) to the soiled area of ​​the carpet or sofa, after 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly with cold water, blot and dry.

If the stain has already managed to soak and dry, the procedure will need to be repeated.

Off paper

Do you like to drink tea while working with documents or reading a favorite book? Then the problem of tea spilled on paper is probably familiar to you. If the paper is thick enough, you can try to remove the spots like this:

  1. Blot spilled liquid with paper towel.
    Never rub the paper!
  2. Dampen a sheet of paper with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water in a 1: 1 ratio.
  3. After blot with a sponge moistened in distilled water with the addition of hydrated lime (1 tsp. Per cup) and dry with a paper towel.
  4. If the stains have not disappeared, apply a solution of chlorine bleach (1 part bleach to 2 parts water) on them, then iron through the wax paper.

Important! Images on paper after such processing can blur and fade. So think about whether to spoil a document or a book with such a cleaning? Perhaps, rather quickly blot tea with a dry cloth?

Video: remove smudges from the document

As you can see, nothing is impossible, and the persistent stains from tea, even old ones, are easy to remove from your favorite things. Tell us in the comments, what ways and means do you use in such cases, and how effective do they seem to you? Good luck and comfort to your home!