Whether at home or at work, everyone enjoys a rejuvenating cup of tea now and again. When accidents happen, you’ll need to act fast in order to make removing tea stains from clothing as easy as possible!
Of course, if you’re not at home when a spillage occurs, or if you’re cautious about hastily leaping into action with delicate garments – this is easier said than done. But no matter where you are or what material you’re dealing with; follow our informative guide for effective tea stain removal from clothes.
Before you start, always follow the instructions on any cleaning products for your safety and for the best chance of ultimately removing stains. You should also check the care advice on your clothes, and test the product in a small, inconspicuous area before using.
Removing Tea Stains from Clothing – Common Fabrics
Tea stains on clothes are caused by the tannin in tea leaves – not to mention the carbohydrates and oils in milk and sugar or fruit and spiced teas. By acting promptly to target tea stains with appropriate methods, you can immediately minimise the impact of stain-causing ingredients. If you’re at home when the spillage occurs, you can act immediately, so you’re off to a good start.
- Rinse the stain as soon as you can, running a stream of warm water through the fabric. As tea is water-soluble, this simple step can reduce the stain effectively, but avoid using hot water as direct heat can speed-up the stain setting into the fabric.
- Apply Breeze liquid detergent directly to the stained area and lather by gently rubbing the material against itself, before rinsing and repeating until the stain has dissolved as much as possible.
How To Remove Tea Stains from Clothes While Out Or At Work
If you spill tea on your clothes while you’re out, you may need to be more creative with the immediate steps you take to avoid a permanent stain. Try as many of the following techniques as you can:
- Blot the stain with absorbent tissue to soak up as much liquid as possible while still wet. Avoid using toilet paper as it can disintegrate, making a mess of your clothes; try to find tougher tissue such as napkins or kitchen paper.
- If you haven’t got spare clothes and it’s not practical to remove the garment to rinse, press wet tissue against the stain while wearing.