Getting Rid Of Coffee Stains From Your Carpet

Coffee StainThe coffee stain is the ultimate horror for the owner of a light-coloured carpet. Coffee stains weren’t part of the morning plan, but don’t worry. There is a solution for removing coffee stains from the carpet. Below are several cleaning options to get the stain gone and your carpet regular again. Indeed, Steam n Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland stain removal service is a certified stain removal expert, Carpet Rug Institute Seal of Approval Program for spots and stains and follows the Carpet Rug Care Guide.

How To Remove Coffee Stains 

Things Needed:

  • Baking soda
  • Mild soap or dish detergent (bleach-free)
  • Paper towels or soft cloths
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • White foam shaving cream


  1. Always test a small hidden section first to ensure the cleaner will not cause uncomfortable side effects to the carpeting colour or texture.
  2. The earlier you can catch a spill, the better. If the fall is fresh, blot the area to absorb as much as possible. Working externally on the spill towards the middle is best to avoid spreading the stain.
  3. After that, spray on plain water and blot using a clean cloth.
  4. Repeat the procedure until much or all of the coffee is removed. Treating it will remove minimal staining. 

If there’s a stain left or you struggle to get to the colour right away, proceed with the following steps.

  1. Apply a mild soap or detergent to the spot and gently work it by rubbing the fibres between your fingers. Refrain from pushing down as you rub, pushing the stain further into the carpet.
  2. Spray with water and blot again to wash.
  3. If there is still some staining, apply foamy shaving cream to the spot and rub it gently with a clean cloth.
  4. Rinse with clean water and blot using a clean cloth.

Procedure To Clean The Coffee Stain

  1. Make a paste using baking soda and water if the staining persists. It must be the consistency of toothpaste.
  2. Spread the paste onto the stain and let it sit and dry.
  3. As soon as it is dry, vacuum it away, and the stain will disappear.
  4. If not, mix 1 part of white vinegar with two pieces of water and spray the stained spot.
  5. Blot using a clean cloth to remove. Repeat as needed.
  6. Rinse the area with clean water and blot using a clean cloth.
  7. Once the stain is completely gone and you rinse the spot thoroughly, lay a small stack of paper towels over the wet area and step on it to soak up the water or apply a heavy book on top for several hours. It will assist you in drawing out the very last bit of water from the carpet fibres.
  8. Allow the spot to air dry totally.
  9. Lastly, vacuum to recover the carpet’s texture.


  • There are commercial cleaners intended for removing coffee stains. Eventually, you may wish to consider Coffee Stain Remover by ForceOut and Masterblend.
  • If you have a spill that you can’t get to immediately, cover it using salt. Hence, the salt will absorb the coffee and reduce the stain substantially.
  • If trying to remove an old stain, moisten the area. You would like to get the paint wet, making it “fresh” again.



Last updated 11/2/2024 Experienced, researched, and written by  Graeme Stephens