Tea stains can be a real hassle, especially when it comes to keeping your clothes looking fresh and clean. But don't let those unsightly marks ruin your favorite outfits! With our easy-to-follow guide, you'll learn how to remove tea stains from your clothes quickly and effectively. Whether you're dealing with a stubborn stain on your shirt or a spot on your pants, our step-by-step instructions will show you how to get rid of the problem for good. Read on to find out.
These stains appear as discoloration of the fabric that is usually brown or yellow in color. They can be slightly wet or dry to the touch and may have a slightly floral or earthy smell. These stains are often caused by spills or splashes of tea or other similar types of beverages.
Warm (85° to 105°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Warm water helps to break down the tea and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Tea Stains
Tea stains clothes because it contains a pigment called tannin, which is a type of dye. Tannin is water-soluble, which means it can dissolve in water and easily transfer from the tea to the fabric of the clothing. When the tannin comes into contact with the fibers of the fabric, it binds to them and causes a discoloration, resulting in a stain. The longer the tea is in contact with the fabric and the hotter the tea, the more tannin is released, and the more difficult the stain is to remove.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Tea Stains
Enzyme-based laundry detergent
Stain remover spray or laundry pre-treatment
Step By Step Process To Remove Tea Stains
Blot up as much of the tea stain as possible with a clean, white cloth or paper towel. Be sure not to rub the stain, as this can cause it to spread and set.
Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Apply this mixture to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.
Create a paste of baking soda and water, and apply it to the stain. Use a brush to gently scrub the paste into the stain.
Apply a few drops of dish soap directly on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.
Wash the garment in the washing machine with warm water and an enzyme-based laundry detergent.
Check the stain before drying the garment in the dryer, if the stain is still visible, apply a stain remover spray or laundry pre-treatment and wash again.
If the stain is still visible after the second wash, repeat the process or take the garment to a professional cleaner.
Note: Before washing the garment, always check the care label on the clothes for the appropriate water temperature and wash cycle. Some fabrics may shrink or lose color when washed in hot water.
Tea stains clothes because it contains a pigment called tannin, which is a type of dye. To remove tea stains, use white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, dish soap, enzyme-based laundry detergent, or stain remover spray. Blot the stain, apply the solution, and scrub it. Then wash the garment in the washing machine with warm water. Repeat the process if the stain remains. Remember to check the care label on the clothes before washing.
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Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.