How to Remove Ice Tea Stains From the Carpet

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Drinking tea, hot or iced, is intended to be a break from your hectic schedule. You rarely hover uncomfortably at your kitchen table. You pour yourself a glass, put your feet up on the sofa and take a few minutes to unwind. This often leads to messy spills on your good carpet. Tea stains will easily come out of carpet with just a little patience.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean rags
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Peroxide
  • Wet-dry vacuum (optional)
  • Blot up as much of the tea stain as you can with dry rags. Press on the spot to lift the moisture out of the carpet, bringing up the stain as you blot. Do not rub the stain. Rubbing will press the liquid deeper into the carpet and make it more difficult to remove.

  • Mix together 1 cup of water with ½ cup of white vinegar. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the carpet. Blot the spot with clean rags to bring up the stain. Use white rags so you can see what is being lifted from the carpet.

  • Combine 1 cup of warm water with 1 tbsp. of dishwashing liquid. Choose a soap that is clear and has no bleach. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray the stained area. Blot up the stain with a clean rag.

  • Rinse the soap out of the carpet. Fill a spray bottle with warm water. Spray the carpet with clean water and blot up the soap with a rag. Let the carpet dry. Remove the excess water with a wet-dry vacuum if necessary.

  • Evaluate the stained area. If you can still see portions of the tea stain, fill a spray bottle with peroxide. Spray the area lightly with peroxide and dab at the spot until the stain is completely removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Commercial carpet cleaning solutions can damage your carpet if used improperly. Read the directions carefully before applying the stain remover to your carpet. Always completely remove the carpet cleaning solution by rinsing thoroughly once the stain has been removed.

References

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