- All types of tea contain oils. The oils give the teas their color, smell and flavor. When the oil comes in contact with fabric, the oil bonds to the fibers allowing a stain to set in.
- Tea stains can be any color. The color of the stain will depend on the color of the oils and the pigments in the tea. Although most tea will stain brown, teas can also stain clothes with a green or red hue.
- Rinse the fabrc with cold water as soon as possible. This will remove some of the stain and stop the stain from setting in. Next, using a common household detergent, massage the soap into the stain and allow it to set for five minutes. Rerinse with cold water. If the stain persists, apply a stain remover first then rinse with cold water and reapply detergent.