We are essentially a tea loving nation, proved by the fact that Pakistan is rated as the 7th Country with the Highest Per Capita tea consumption. Winters or summers, weddings or parties, no matter the season or occasion, our love for tea is boundless. Although tea is a great way to bond and relax, seeing tea stains on tables, clothes & cups is not a pretty sight. Especially now in Ramzan, where your energy levels are at an all time low and you need quick solutions for removing tea stains from any surface.
Tea contains tannins, which is a natural astringent chemical. It has the ability to stain any surface that it comes in contact with, be it fabrics, upholstery, chinaware, etc. Removing tea stains may appear a tedious and grueling task if you do not use the correct tools and technique to tackle the stain. Therefore, we will teach you on how to remove tea stains from different types of surfaces.
Tea Stains on Mugs:
Perhaps the most commonly seen yet neglected stain are in mugs and cups that are regularly used for drinking tea in homes.
A brown ring at the bottom of your teacup is not the most unattractive sight but with the right method, you can remove it quickly.
Things You Need:
Toothpaste, old toothbrush
Like toothpaste helps to clean tea stains from your teeth, the abrasive chemicals present in it help you remove stains from chinaware and other hard surfaces too. Use a small amount of toothpaste on the brush and gently scrub on the stained area. Leave it for a few minutes and then rinse it with water. You will be surprised to see that your cup looks like it has never been used before.
Tea Stains on Tables tops and Marble tops:
Tea drops falling astray as you pour tea into your cup, dry out and stain table tops and marble tops quite often. Brown rings formed when cups are left on worktops for too long, are also a sore sight. Do not fret as we have just the right trick to remove tea stains on table tops and marble tops.
Things you need:
Can of MUP WD-40, cleaning cloth
Ideally tea spills should be tackled before they dry out. But if you have dried out tea stains, you can remove them too using WD-40. Spray the chemical on the stain directly and leave it for a few minutes. Then use a clean cloth and rub gently to completely clean the area. If the surface is painted, then we suggest that you do not use WD-40 directly on the surface. Apply it on the cloth and then rub gently to avoid any discoloration.
Tea Stains on Fabrics:
During Ramzan everybody is in a rush, especially during suhoor and iftaar when you want to quickly finish your food and resume your prayers. And in this rushing about, tea spills on clothes are a common occurrence. Don’t lose your calm and go on a rampage. Quickly deal with the stain.
Things you need:
Washing Powder, Water, Baking Powder
The first step should be washing the stained cloth, upside down under cold water. The idea is to flush the stain as much as you can before you use the cleaning chemicals. When you see the color of the stain begins to lighten, apply a small amount of washing powder on the stain. Rub it gently and allow it to sit for some time. Then rinse it with cold water, while rubbing simultaneously.
For older stains which have become stubborn, washing powder may not help. First wet the stained area with water thoroughly and apply some baking powder on the stain. Use a cleaning brush to gently work the powder into the stain. Leave it for some time. Then rinse it with cold water. If the stain persists, repeat the process again and soak the clothing in warm water for few minutes.
Voila! Your clothes are stain-free and clean again.
Tea Stains on Carpets & Furniture Upholstery:
Your me time becomes horror time, when your tea cup falls on your sofa or carpet while you were leisurely enjoying the hot brew in peace. Tea stains on upholstery and carpets are a ghastly sight.
Things you need:
Can of MUP WD-40, Cleaning cloth
In case of spills on sofas and other furniture upholstery, try to blot as much tea as you can using tissue paper or any clean cloth. You should stop blotting when the tissue or cloth is not absorbing any liquid. Now to tackle the stain, use WD-40 spray on a cleaning cloth and rub gently on the stained area. Work your way in small circular motions. Don’t forget to do a patch test before you apply the chemical on a big area. Allow WD-40 to sit for some time. Then use another piece of cloth to wipe the mess away. A pro tip is that you can remove all different kinds of stains from carpets with the help of WD-40 and not just tea stains.
We have listed all the possible ways of tackling teas stains from different kinds of surfaces. If you have used any DIY method which has worked for you, feel free to share with us. We love to hear from your guys.