How to Remove Tea Stains on Mugs, Clothes, and Carpets

How to Remove Tea Stains on Mugs, Clothes, and Carpets

Learn methods you can use to lift tea stains from a number of materials, including mugs, clothes, and carpets.

Everyone loves a warm cup of tea on a cold day, but tea stains are a different matter. Whether they’re on your clothes, upholstery, or carpet, they can be difficult to tackle. Fortunately, they can be easily removed with some urgency and the right stain removal products.

Let’s take a look at what causes the staining. We’ll also discuss the methods you can use to lift the stains from a number of materials, including mugs, clothes, and carpets.

Why Does Tea Leave Hard-To-Remove Stains in My Mug?

Tannin is a group of organic compounds found in tea, coffee, beer, and wine which causes stains. It is the same compound used in tanning leather tanning and dyeing fabric, which also explains its hard-to-remove nature.

While it can be a headache on your porous china porcelain cup or stainless steel travel mug, it has antimicrobial properties, which delays aging in commercial food. It also helps improve clotting, offer antioxidant properties, and reduce blood pressure, among other helpful things. 

They have a list powerful health benefits, which definitely outweigh the downsides of drinking brews with high tannin content.

How to Remove Tea Stains and Avoid Permanent Marks

Some of the most specific places where tea can leave stains are on mugs, clothes, and the carpet. As with most stains, it’s easiest to remove brew residue right after drinking your cup, splashing on your white shirt, or spilling on your carpet. We’ve laid out a step-by-step guide to help remove brew stains on these items:

Removing Tea Stains on Mugs

An effective homemade stain remover is a paste made from mixing baking soda and vinegar. The paste created makes for a good abrasive material in removing the stain on your mug.

  1. Once you’ve created the paste using baking soda and vinegar, scrub the mug as you would normally do with Puracy Dish Soap, which works well on ceramic, crystal, glass, plastic materials.
  2. Let the baking soda/vinegar paste sit on the mug for about 5 minutes.
  3. Then, rinse the mug as you normally would. If you use a dishwasher, you can put your mug in and use our Dishwasher Detergent after the paste is left to dry for a few minutes.

Removing Tea Stains on Clothes

Tea will leave a yellowish stain on clothes, which may be difficult to remove, especially on white clothing. Here’s a simple guide on how to take off brew stains on your clothing:

  1. Run the affected area under warm running water right away to remove as much as possible, as early as you can.
  2. The next step is to dab white vinegar on the stained portion of your shirt and leave it for 30 minutes to an hour. Don’t worry, the smell of the vinegar won’t be there after you pop it in the washing machine.
  3. If you’re still unsure of using vinegar, there’s always a safe way to remove tea stains or any stain and odor from clothes with our Natural Laundry Stain Remover. It’s concentrated and color-safe (and it works on tough stains like wine stains and chocolate stains, too). To remove tea stains, spray on the area and let the cloth soak it in for 15 minutes. Then rinse manually or drop it in the washer.
  4. Drop it in the washing machine and with our Natural Laundry Detergent to effectively remove the tea stain and any odor that came along with it.

Removing Tea Stains on Carpet

Maintaining an area rug can be done easily. Spilling anything on the carpet can be a nasty business to handle. The wide area will mean more space for the brew to seep, and the yellowing and browning can go wide and deep. It’s also too expensive to replace, so try these methods first before calling a cleaning professional.

  1. Take a kitchen towel and press it down on the affected area to absorb as much of the liquid as you can without rubbing it.
  2. When you’ve taken as much of the liquid off, pour some warm water and dab it again with clean cloth. Repeat the process to dilute the spill.
  3. Afterwards, use our Natural Carpet Spot Remover as indicated and let it soak in the carpet for 30 minutes to an hour. When it comes to tough stains, an enzyme-based cleaner is usually your best bet.

Lastly, make sure to remove the deep-seated stain by using our Natural Carpet and Upholstery Shampoo to remove the stain and odor.

How to Avoid Tea Stains

Let’s face it — tea is important. To some, it might be as important as coffee, beer, wine, or water. If you can’t totally avoid your favorite brew and the stain that may come along with it in case of accidents, try these things instead:

Choose Green Tea Over Black Tea

Black tea has the highest level of tannins with an average of 13%, according to a study conducted in 2015 to determine tannin levels in brews. It was compared with Oolong and Green, which have an average of 9% and 3% concentration, respectively.

Let a Mug Soak Before Washing

A small act but often neglected. One major way to make sure the tannins don’t get absorbed on your mug is by rinsing it with water if you plan to wash it in batch with the rest of the dishes tonight.

Use Non-Abrasive, Chemical-Free Cleaners

Tea enthusiasts do not recommend using abrasive elements like baking soda or harsh products like vinegar when cleaning pots and cups. Chinese tea shops often submerge teaware in boiling water to clean and sanitize them in between use. Our Natural Dish Soap makes a great industrial-grade cleaning agent which will not scratch your glassware, thanks to its plant-powered, gentle-yet-effective formula.

Choose a Darker Shade of Teaware

If you’re a big tea drinker, or if you like drinks known to have tannin compounds like coffee, consider buying a darker shade of mug. 

Add Milk to Your Tea

The tannins found in brews bond with milk proteins, preventing the tannins from leaving stains on your mug and your teeth. It’s true! There’s a study conducted on milk’s stain-reducing properties that observes milk can have the same whitening properties as teeth bleaching agents.

Ask for Stain Protecting Treatments

Stain protecting treatments are done professionally on carpets and upholstery. It forms a protective film on the material, which avoids extensive seeping of liquid before it becomes a full-blown stain. Chances are, you will be able to use a kitchen towel to blot the area without causing harm on the fabric itself.

When to Seek Professional Cleaning Service

While there are many stain removal and cleaning materials available right off your supermarket shelf, some things are best left to the professionals. There are types of fabric, like wool and other natural fibers, which are more difficult to treat than others.

If this is the case, it may be best to call your professional carpet cleaning service to handle the stains. Otherwise, you may only do more damage or permanent issues in attempting to lift the stains on your own with home remedies. It can happen if you apply the wrong type of chemical, which may damage delicate materials. When in doubt, seek professional advice first.

Treat Tea Stains Naturally with Puracy

When it comes to brew stains, tackle them using natural, plant-powered cleaning solutions with Puracy. We have gentle and effective cleaners for all kinds of stains. Whether you’re taking on a tricky spill on your carpet with our Natural Carpet Spot Remover or cleaning up the latest baby food accident with our Natural Baby Stain Remover, we make cleaners that can thoroughly clean the toughest stains while also being gentle on sensitive skin.