Remove Tea Stains from Carpets

Spilled tea on carpet
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Did your glass of iced tea end up on the carpet? Work quickly to make sure this stain doesn't set and reappear even after treating it.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Blot up as much of the tea stain as possible by using a clean white cloth.Continue to blot until no more liquid is transferred onto the cloth. At this point pour a small amount of water onto the stained area and continue blotting up the liquid. The tea will be diluted a little, but you will still be able to soak it up with a clean cloth.
  2. Use a carpet stain remover according to the directions.Be sure to follow the instructions. It's always a good idea to test a stain remover on a hidden spot of carpet first.


  1. If the stain still remains, you can try sponging white vinegar diluted 1:1 with water onto the stain. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing and blotting up the liquid with a clean white cloth. Be sure to test the vinegar in a hidden spot, since it can have a bleaching effect on your carpet.

What You Need:

  • Clean white cloth
  • Carpet stain remover
  • Vinegar (optional)