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How to Remove a Tea Stain From Carpet

Written by Kaylee Barber |

How to remove tea stain from carpet

Spilt tea on your carpet? Don’t worry, we’ve all done it – we’re Brits, after all! Here are three methods to give you the best chance of removing a tea stain.

Tea stains can be difficult to remove from carpets. The tannins in tea cause discolouration of the carpet fibres, which many cleaning methods won’t remove.

Don’t panic though – there are potential solutions. This article will give you tips, tricks and cleaning methods for potentially removing tea stains and restoring your carpet’s appearance.

Important Disclaimer: Always check that a cleaning product is safe for your carpet before using it over a large area. You can either contact the manufacturer (if possible) or test the product on a small, hidden patch first.

3 Methods For Removing Tea Stains From Carpets

1. Carpet Stain Remover

For this method, you will need the following:

  • White cloths (make sure they are clean)
  • Carpet stain remover
  • Vacuum cleaner

The first method on this list is probably the most effective, but you’ll need access to a carpet stain remover. If you don’t have any stain remover in the house, try one of the other two methods.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Use one of the white cloths to blot up as much of the tea as possible. The more tea you remove immediately after the spill, the easier it’ll be to prevent a stain. Keep blotting until no more tea is coming up. Avoid rubbing, as this pushes the tea into the carpet fibres rather than soaking it up into the cloth.
  2. Rinse the area with cold water. The next step is to pour a small amount of cold water over the stain, then blot it up with another clean cloth. Water will dilute the tea and reduce the chance of staining. Repeat this process several times (until the cloth appears clean) and make sure the area is relatively dry.
  3. Apply the carpet stain remover. Check the instructions for how to do this. It’s always important to follow the instructions and to test the stain remover on a hidden patch of carpet first.
  4. Allow the carpet to air dry before vacuuming. If possible, open windows and use a fan to speed up the drying process. Then, once the carpet is completely dry, use a vacuum to remove any remaining debris.

2. Distilled White Vinegar

For this method, you will need the following:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • A spray bottle
  • Water
  • A clean cloth

White vinegar is a commonly used at-home stain remover. And for a good reason! Vinegar has strong cleaning power and can remove stubborn stains.

It’s important to be careful though. White vinegar solution is acidic, so it may cause discolouration on a dark carpet. Remember to test a small area with the solution (and let it fully dry) before you remove stains.

For this method, you’ll need to mix a small amount of distilled white vinegar with warm water in a spray bottle. The dilution ratio should be around 1:20, which is approximately one teaspoon of vinegar for every 100ml of water.

Begin by using a damp cloth to dab up as much of the stain as possible. Don’t rub the stain though, as this can damage the fibres and force the stain deeper into the carpet.

Then, using a new cloth, dab the entire area with the vinegar solution before leaving it for around 10 minutes.

Next, rinse the area with a clean cloth using cold water, then blot up the liquid with a microfiber cleaning cloth. You may need to repeat this sequence multiple times to remove the entire stain.

Continue blotting until all excess moisture is removed, then allow the carpet time to air dry.

Tip: Make sure you don’t oversaturate your carpet during the cleaning process. It should be damp rather than wet.

3. Washing Up Liquid And Vinegar

For this method, you will need the following:

  • Washing up liquid
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Microfibre cloth

Start by blotting up as much of the tea as possible using a clean cloth.

Next, combine one tablespoon of washing up liquid and vinegar in a large bowl. Then add 250ml of warm water to your mixture and stir.

Once you have your mixture, you can use a white cloth to dab it onto the stain. When the stain has disappeared, use another dry cloth to soak up any excess moisture left on your carpet. You may have to repeat this process before the stain lifts.

Finally, dab the area with cold water to rinse any remaining cleaning solution. Blot excess moisture with another clean cloth, then leave the area to air dry before vacuuming.

Other Tips for Removing Tea Stains From Carpet

Before removing tea stains from your carpet, keeping some helpful tips in mind is essential.

  • Tea stains set in quickly, so you’ll need to act soon for the best results. Leaving old stains to dry can cause them to seep deeper into your carpet’s fibres, creating a more challenging and prominent stained area.
  • Use a paper towel or dry white cloth to dab the stain before removing it. Dabbing will help lift any excess moisture and reduces the risk of spreading the stain. You’ll need to blot from outside the stained area, working your way inward. It’s best to blot as much tea from your carpet as possible before using your cleaning solution.
  • Try not to scrub or wipe the area. Instead of lifting the stain, scrubbing can cause it to sink deeper into your carpet’s fibres. It’s best to pat or blot the area with a clean cloth gently.
  • Always test your cleaning solution. All carpets are different! So, while your method may be effective, you don’t want it to strip your carpet of colour or cause damage to your rug. Try testing your solution on an inconspicuous area of your carpet first.
  • Avoid using baking soda. Although baking soda is a standard at-home cleaning solution, it can cause white residue on your carpets, leaving you with an even bigger problem than before! Baking soda can also cause damage to your carpet’s fibres and even cause problems for your vacuum cleaner.
  • Use a light-coloured cloth on your carpet. Colourful fabrics may transfer dyes onto your rug while cleaning, which may cause even more unsightly stains.
  • Always make sure the carpet is completely dry before vacuuming. Moisture can damage a vacuum cleaner’s motor.


Don’t panic if you’ve spilt tea on your carpet. The three methods above can help you to remove all but the most stubborn stains, leaving your carpet looking almost as good as new.

We’ve also written a number of other cleaning guides for carpets that you might want to read. These include:

If you have any questions about removing carpet stains, please let us know in the comments section below.

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