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How to Remove Coffee Stains from Carpet and Clothes

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Coffee cup spilled on the carpet making a stain.

Nothing beats that first cup of coffee in the morning. Most coffee drinkers base their entire day on their first cup of coffee, and they take it very seriously. These are the people who probably know how to remove a coffee stain in their sleep. However, the occasional coffee drinker may require assistance in removing those unsightly stains. Here are some natural and alternative methods for removing coffee stains once and for all.


Natural Approach to Remove Coffee Stains

Club Soda

Club soda has been the go-to stain remover for decades. Whether it was trying to remove stains from clothing, carpet, or tablecloths; it usually does the job. Although club soda tends to work on coffee stains, it might not work on all stains, especially those that have been put in a dryer.  Locate the spot that needs to be cleaned. Soak a sponge or white cloth with club soda and blot the stained area. Repeat the process until the stain has been removed.



Like many households, salt is probably a staple inside your cupboards. So, removing a coffee stain might come at little to no cost at all. The stained area is usually treated while still damp for the best results.  Apply a thick layer of salt over the damp stain, let it soak into the damp fabric. Salt will also keep the stain from spreading. Use a cloth or small brush to blot or rub the area. This process should be repeated until all the coffee has been absorbed.


White Vinegar

White vinegar can be used on the more difficult to remove coffee stains. For some, white vinegar has been a common household cleaning item for years. It is a more gentle approach than chemical products on fabrics and carpeting. The trick to getting the best results is to allow the affected area to soak in the vinegar solution to lift the stain.  Avoid washing the garment and putting it in the dryer until the stain is completely gone. Mix the contents in a bucket or other large container. Soak-stained garment for about 15 minutes. This should allow enough time for the stain to lift.


Baking soda and White Distilled Vinegar

If the vinegar-water solution does not work, you are probably dealing with an older stain that has set in. Baking soda and white distilled vinegar work well together when trying to get rid of stains.  The common household cleaning agents have been around for decades. The best part about the solution is that it can be used on both clothing and carpets. The vinegar will soften up the affected area and the baking soda helps lift up and out the stain.


Alternatives to Natural Cleaners


Some people swear by the use of beer to get rid of coffee stains on the carpet. Use light or pale beer and pour it directly into the area where the stain is located.

Pour beer over the stained area and gently rub it in with a small brush or white cloth. The stain should slowly begin to fade, ultimately disappearing. The process can be repeated as often as needed. Repeat the process until the stain has been completely cleared.


Liquid Laundry detergent 

Catching a coffee stain on your clothing or carpet right when it happens is best. Dried stains are a bit more complicated. However, with a bit of work and liquid laundry detergent, the stain can be removed easily in some instances. 

Add laundry detergent and a small amount of water to the stained clothing or carpet. If it is a carpet stain, use a small toothbrush or white cloth to rub in the detergent. Scrub the area you see the stain is lifting, continue until it has been completely removed.  The garment can then be put in the wash.


Tide to-go pens

Some coffee stains require a stronger approach. It could be because of the type of material you are dealing with or how long the stain has been on the clothing.  Clothing that has already been washed and dyed without pretreatment can be difficult to remove.  For on-the-go morning coffee drinkers, the Tide pen to-go can be a lifesaver and simple to use.

Just press the tip of the pen on the stain several times and rub it gently across the stain. This will pretreat the area until you have time to wash it. Always test a small spot on your clothing item before soaking the complete garment; this is to ensure the solution will not damage your carpet or clothing.  


Coffee Stain Removal FAQs:

Q. Can coffee stains really be removed without calling in professional cleaners for carpeting?

A. Absolutely. However, it is important to act quickly and use the right solution for the material of your carpeting.

Q. Does the type of coffee determine the difficulty in removing a stain?

A. Actually, a stain from a black cup of coffee might be easier to remove than one with a brown creamer appearance. The protein in milk or creamer mixed with coffee can create a type of seal agent that makes getting the stain out a bit more difficult.

Q.  Why does coffee stain?

A. Coffee stains because of the acidic compounds found in coffee beans, which have been found to provide a protective layer that prevents insects from destroying the plant.

Once you learn how to remove coffee stains on various types of fabric and carpeting, cleaning the stain will become effortless. The key is knowing your material and what solution works best on it. Check out our blog for more coffee-related information.




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