How To Get Tea Stains Out Of Carpet [New & Old Stain Removal]

There is nothing quite like a cup of tea. Made for every time of day and every situation, it is the definition of a relaxing drink.

What might disturb that tranquillity, however, is a stain caused by your favourite beverage? It leaves you with the question of how do you get a tea stain out? 

So let’s look at how to get tea out of carpet, once and for all.

There are multiple methods removing tea stains and many different products we can use including, hot water vs cold water, dish soap, salt, baking soda and vinegar.


Want the good news? It’s not as difficult as you might think, and this guide is here to help you through every step of the process. After today, those tea stains won’t be quietly mocking you as you relax in your armchair.

How to Remove a New Tea Stain out of Carpet

That fateful moment when the tea hits the carpet. You feel your stomach drop, but if you act fast you can prevent a stain from staying there permanently. All you need to do to remove a new tea stain out of carpet is follow these quick and easy steps.

What You Will Need:

  • Paper towels
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Spray bottle or mixing bowl
  • Microfiber cloths or sponges

1. Grab some paper towels and use them to soak up the excess liquid. Be careful not to scrub the area as this will just cause the stain to spread.

2. Mix the dish soap, white vinegar, and warm water together to create a solution. Then, apply it to the affected area. You can use a spray bottle or a clean cloth.

3. Gently rinse the area with water to get rid of the detergent, using a clean cloth to gently dab the area and remove the solution. You can use a sponge to do this for better absorbency.

4. Blot the area dry with a microfiber cloth, getting rid of all the moisture left over from rinsing the stained area. Once dry, you should find the stain has been removed.

spilt tea on carpet

How to Remove an Old Tea Stain Out of Carpet

Old tea can be a little trickier, but it’s nothing we can’t handle. Grab the ingredients and follow our concise step by step guide so that you can get your carpet back to a presentable state.

What You Will Need:

  • Cold water
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloths

1. Take cool water and pour some onto the stain, soaking it. Then, take the baking soda and sprinkle it on top until the stain is completely covered. Once this is done, leave it for a few hours or overnight – depending on how bad the stain was.

2. Next, vacuum up the baking soda and check that the area is dry. If the stain is still present, move onto the next step.

3. Take the white vinegar, which you can apply neat or dilute with water. Spray it onto the stain and leave it to soak for a few minutes. Next, use a cloth to gently dab the area and blot the white vinegar to collect it and the remains of the stain.

4. Rinse the stain with cool water and use a clean microfiber cloth to soak up the water. Repeat the steps as needed until the stain is gone. Very old and deep ones may need to go through this 2-3 times before they fade.

dab stain from carpet

How to Remove Tea Stains with a Commercial Carpet Stain Remover

Using a commercial carpet stain remover is the best choice when natural methods fail. Sometimes, a stain is just too old or too deep for more eco-friendly methods. In cases like this, you need the store-bought stuff. 

Generally speaking, every commercial stain remover has its own set of instructions. Therefore, we can only give you a rough idea of what the process looks like. Always read the label and follow the steps listed on there carefully for the best results.

1 Test the commercial carpet stain remover on a hidden area of the carpet. This is so that you can make sure it does not stain or damage the material in question.

2 Once you know it is safe to use, apply the stain remover to the affected area and follow the instructions on how to apply it as well as how long to leave it for.

3 When it has been left to sit for long enough, clear the area as instructed and check to see if the stain is gone. You might need to repeat the process if it is a very stubborn stain.

use carpet cleaner on tea stain

Different Products Available to Remove Tea Stains

There are quite a few different products you can use to remove tea stains, each of which we will go through in a little more detail for you. After all, it’s good to have plenty of options so that you know the job will get done. Stain removal isn’t always a one size fits all process. 

Baking Soda. This is a classic, and can be used on fresh stains or older ones that have been soaked. Being absorbent by nature, it sucks up the liquid in the carpet and helps to remove stains – including tea. It also deodorises the area. 

White Vinegar. The acidic properties of this ingredient help to loosen stains and make them easier to remove. It also neutralises odour and disinfects, so your tea stain will be a distant memory without any unsightly marks or a lingering smell. 

Salt. This works in a similar way to baking soda. If you pour it onto a fresh or soaked stain, it will collect the liquid and help to lift the stain from the carpet. It lacks the deodorising properties of baking soda, however, and can also be trickier to hoover up after. 

Dish Soap. This is designed to break down oils and natural matter, which includes tea. As a result, it can make a great ingredient for stain removal. All you need is one squirt (maybe two) and you will find that your stains are gone in no time. 

Borax. This works as an enzyme cleaner, breaking down natural substances that have stained fabric or surfaces. It’s highly effective, and is often used alongside baking powder or white distilled vinegar for the best results. 

add borax onto carpet

How to remove tea stains from carpet using baking soda 

Baking soda is a quick and easy method for stain removal, as well as a household favourite. For this effective technique, you will need the following items:

  • One cup of baking soda 
  • Clean cloths 
  • Cold water 

Step One: Blot the Stain

All you need to do is gently blot the tea stain with a clean cloth to get the liquid up. Do not rub it as this can cause the stain to sink deeper into the carpet. 

Step Two: Apply Baking Soda

Apply a generous amount of baking soda to the tea stain, ensuring it is completely covered. For the best results, leave it overnight as it will lift the stain and absorb the moisture. 

Step Three: Rinse and Repeat

Vacuum up the baking soda and rinse the tea stain with cold water. Make sure to blot the cold water up with a clean cloth to prevent mould and mildew growing on the carpet. Next, repeat the process two or three times so that you get the best possible results. 

How to remove tea stains from carpet using salt 

Salt is a handy kitchen ingredient we all have sitting on the shelf, and it can be a huge help when removing tea stains from carpet. For this method, you will need the following:

  • Salt 
  • Clean cloths 
  • Cold water
  • One cup white vinegar 
  • Spray bottle 

Step One: Blot the Stain 

Gently blot the tea stain with a clean cloth to get rid of the excess moisture and make the salt’s job easier. Be careful and gentle so that you don’t push the stain deeper. 

Step Two: Apply Salt

Pour a generous amount of salt onto the tea stain, it will absorb all the liquid and help lift it from the carpet. Leave it for a few hours or overnight, depending on how bad the stain is, and then vacuum once you are done. 

Step Three: White Vinegar

Take the cold water and rinse the stain, using a clean cloth to blot up the moisture once you are done. You can then take the white vinegar and spray it generously over the area – leaving it to sit for around 15 minutes. 

Step Four: Rinse 

Use more cold water to rinse the white vinegar out, the vinegar is used to neutralise odours and disinfect the area. Blot dry with a clean cloth. Repeat a couple of times as needed to remove the stain. 

How to remove tea stains from carpet using white vinegar 

White vinegar is one of the best natural cleaning products out there, and tea stains don’t stand a chance when faced with our method. To get started, you will need the following:

  • Several clean cloths 
  • One cup of white vinegar
  • ½ cup of beer 
  • Two cups of club soda (carbonated)
  • Spray bottle

Step One: Soak the Stain 

Take one of the clean cloths and use it to soak up any excess liquid from the stain. This helps to get as much tea out of the carpet as possible so that removing the stain is easier. If it is a very old tea stain, you can soak it with a small amount of club soda to help loosen it. 

Step Two: Apply Beer

Any beer will do, and all you need to do is pour it directly onto the stain. Use a new cloth to dab it in, helping it to reach the entire stain. Once this is done, you can use a separate cloth to blot it all up again. To remove the beer, rinse the area thoroughly with club soda. 

Step Three: White Vinegar 

Put the white vinegar into a spray bottle and apply it generously to the tea stain. Allow it to soak for 15 minutes and then rinse with the remainder of the club soda. Use a clean cloth to dab the area, soaking up the moisture and removing the tea stain. 

Why club soda? The carbonated bubbles in club soda actually help to lift the stain from the carpet, helping you reach those deep roots – especially in older stains that remain quite stubborn. 

Why Does Tea Leave Stains on Carpets?

The reason that tea stains carpets, or anything really, is because it contains something called tannin. This is also known as tannic acid, and it is what gives tea that rich and deep colour before we add milk and sugar. 

Tannin is also used as an agent in numerous dyes, including making ink and tanning leather. When you consider the permanence of these processes, it’s not surprising that tea really leaves its mark when it is spilt on the carpet. 

It can also stain your teeth over time, causing them to turn a brownish-yellow. However, it has not been shown to be harmful to your body so don’t panic. Just make sure you clean up tea spillages right away to prevent the stains from setting in.

Final Thoughts

Getting tea out of your carpet can be a simple and relaxed process. There’s no need to rush around with hot water trying to wash the stain out of the carpet, no panic to get it all clean. You just need a little patience and perseverance – as well as plenty of clean white cloths! 

So, before you panic about ruining the carpet, why not jump into action and try one of our tea stain removal techniques? You’ll find there is one for everyone, and that your carpet will be back to its beautiful and clean seld in no time. Let us know how you got on, we’d love to hear it.

Last Updated on August 17, 2021 by Gemma Tyler Protection Status