Getting Rid of Coffee Stains from Your Carpet

Coffee StainsThe 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. Listed below are several cleaning options to get the stain gone and your carpet regular again.

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

Directions:

  1. At all times, test a small hidden section first to ensure the cleaner will not cause any uncomfortable side effects to the carpeting colour or texture.
  2. The earlier you can catch a spill, the better. If the fall is fresh, begin by blotting the area to absorb as much as possible. It is best to work externally of the spill towards the middle 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 removed. Treating it will remove minimal staining. 

If there’s a stain left or struggling 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, as this will push 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 by spraying with water that is clean and blotting using a clean cloth.

Procedure to clean the coffee stain

  1. In case staining persists, make a paste by using baking soda and water. 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 then the stain should be gone.
  4. If not, mix 1 part of white vinegar with two parts 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 either step on it to soak up the water or lay 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.

Guidelines:

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

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BY GRAEME STEPHENS. PUBLISHED 10/12/2014. UPDATED 19/04/2021