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How to Tea stain fabric?

Tea staining is a great way to make materials look antique and worn. You can tea stain; clothing, curtains, tablecloths, and just about any other type of fabric to give it that lovely vintage patina. Tea dying can provide old or new fabrics with an antique look in a cost-effective and easy way. 

How to Tea stain fabric?

Moreover, it is simple, quick, and can be done in any standard kitchen, making it ideal for beginners or youngsters. Tea staining creates a beautiful patina that gives a basic fabric an aged appearance. It is so easy and enjoyable to stain with black tea because it contains tannins, which will stick to natural fibers without the use of a mordant. Before you can stain your fabric, you’ll usually have to go through a few processes, as described in this article. So, let’s start!



It’s tempting to jump right into this tea stain project because it’s so easy. But first, take a look at these pointers to ensure that the process runs smoothly:

  • Colors vary depending on the type of tea and its brand. So, before buying larger packages, buy small quantities of a few different brands and make a cup of each to examine the colors.
  • Don’t tea stain numerous pieces of fabric in the same bucket because the first piece of cloth will absorb most of the tea stain, subsequent pieces steeped in the same solution will come out significantly lighter. So, use separate buckets for staining numerous pieces of fabric. 
  • Cover it with newspaper, a drop cloth, or rags to protect your work area from spills and splashes.
  • At 2- to 5-minute intervals, check the cloth in the dye bath to determine whether the color depth is to your liking. While you can remove some extra color by rinsing it off, it’s always best to go too light and leave it to sit for a little longer.


  • Choose natural fabric cotton or linen
  • Newspaper
  • Teabags (about 30–40)
  • A big fork
  • Big bucket 
  • Fill the bucket 2/3 full with hot water.
  • Coldwater for rinsing


Steps to Take:

  • Take 4 cups of water to a boil for each yard of cloth when making a tea solution. Then steep the tea for five to ten minutes using two tea bags for each cup of water.
  • After steeping, squeeze out the tea bags and discard them. Wet the cloth with normal water before placing it in the tea solution. Stir the mixture frequently to get a smoother, more uniform hue.
  • Remove the fabric and rinse it under cold water after you believe it has soaked long enough. The color will be washed away in large quantities. Put it back in the tea solution to soak for a bit longer if you want it to be darker. If you want an intense, dark hue, soak for at least an hour, or perhaps overnight.
  • Then soak the stained cloth for two hours in a solution of two parts, one part water and vinegar, and the other having two teaspoons salt and vinegar to set the tea. Soak for 15 minutes, then thoroughly rinse and dry in the dryer before pressing.
  • Natural fabrics like cotton, silk, linen, and wool are the only ones you can tea-stain. Polyester fibers, for example, cannot be stained.

Final Verdict

Tea staining is a fantastic way to give fabrics an aged appearance. Tea can stain the cloth and make the color look uneven. Moreover, the tea doesn’t affect the color of white fabric; it can assist in disguising light stains and give items a vintage aspect. So, stain fabrics with natural ingredients to change the look of the fabric. 

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