How To Tea & Coffee Stain
Tea staining has been around a long time and was first used to hide stains on linens. Tea staining is an easy
way to create an "antique" or primitive look. In our experience, the differences between tea staining & coffee staining
are subtle. Tea is lighter and gives a more 'dirty' look. Coffee seems browner and give a more 'old' look.
Just be aware that coffee is much more aromatic than tea, and your finished item will smell like coffee for a long time
to come. We have found that some fabrics (or paper) look better tea stained and some look better coffee stained.
We have tea stained & coffee stained with both brewed and instant, both gave satisfactory results, I just find instant
easier, but there is not near as much color selection.
Tea/coffee staining only works on natural fibers. Tea is orange-ish if it contains orange pekoe tea;
fabric dyed with such teas becomes more orange over time. Earl Grey is usually the tea of choice, but English breakfast
is ok, too. Check out your grocery store or specialty shops and buy black tea for a gentle, soft brown, antique look.
See aging fabric or grunging paper for recipes.