How To Remove Thai Tea Stain From Washable Fabrics
February 16, 2023
If you're a fan of Thai cuisine, you've likely indulged in a sweet and creamy glass of Thai tea at some point. While the beverage is delicious, its bright orange color can leave behind unsightly stains on clothing and linens if spilled. Thai tea stains can be particularly tricky to remove, but with the right approach, you can get rid of them for good. In this article, we'll go over some effective methods for removing Thai tea stains from washable fabrics, so you can enjoy your favorite drink without any worry of stains.
These stains may appear as a brownish or orangish mark on the fabric, and could be slightly sticky or dry. They may also have a sweet or tea-like smell.
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Cold water helps to prevent the dye from setting and spreading.
The Science Behind Thai Tea Stains
Thai tea stains clothes because it contains natural dyes called tannins, which can bind with fabric fibers and create a colored residue that is difficult to remove. Tannins are also found in other types of tea and in red wine. When thai tea comes into contact with fabric, the tannins can seep into the fibers and cause discoloration. This effect can be exacerbated if the tea is hot or if the fabric is porous, such as with cotton or linen. T
Flush the stained area with cold water to remove as much of the tea as possible. Do not use hot water, as it can set the stain.
Apply a stain-removing detergent directly to the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Rub the stain gently with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush.
Wash the garment in the washing machine with the hottest water recommended on the care label. Do not dry the garment until the stain is completely removed.
If the stain persists, soak the garment in a solution of equal parts bleach or vinegar and water for 15-30 minutes, then wash again in the hottest water recommended on the care label.
If the stain still remains, mix a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water in equal parts and apply it directly to the stain. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then wash the garment in the hottest water recommended on the care label.
As a last resort, mix a solution of ammonia and water in equal parts and apply it directly to the stain. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then wash the garment in the hottest water recommended on the care label.
If the stain still won't come out, consider using a commercial stain remover or taking the garment to a professional cleaner.
Please note that different fabrics may have different recommended water temperatures for washing, so always check the care label before washing. Also, when using bleach, never mix it with ammonia or any other cleaning product, as this can create toxic fumes. Finally, when using hydrogen peroxide, protect your hands with gloves and avoid getting it on colored clothing, as it can cause discoloration.
Thai tea stains clothes due to the presence of tannins that can bind with fabric fibers. To remove the stain, flush with cold water, apply stain-removing detergent, and wash in the hottest water recommended on the care label. For stubborn stains, use bleach or vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or ammonia. Always follow the product instructions carefully, and take necessary precautions and warnings when handling them.
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About The Writer
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.