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Coffee Stain Removal

Despite your most cautious instincts when relaxing with a nice, hot cup of coffee, spills happen. Generally, when pouring hot coffee from the pot, we take care to make sure the coffee lands only in the cup and not on our hands or feet. That's self-preservation because we know that hot coffee can scald and cause painful burns.

So, having gotten past the first hurdle, getting the hot coffee into the cup, you carry it into the living room to enjoy and savor your coffee while reading the newspaper or watching the morning news on TV.

Whoops! You've stubbed your toe and all of a sudden, the coffee slops out of your cup and right on your beautiful, light-colored plush carpeting! Oh, no! Here you are, all set to relax and enjoy a leisurely morning and now you're faced with an ugly brown stain on your carpet.

How To Remove Coffee Stains From Carpet

Drat! How will you ever get it out of that light colored carpeting without having to call a carpet cleaning company? Besides, by the time they'd get here, it could be a couple of days and the stain would be dried and set.

A = Absorb The Stain

The first thing you need to do, is to grab some paper towels or clean, absorbent dish towel or rag, and absorb as much moisture as possible. You may need to do this several times so continue until you see no more wetness on the paper towels or cloth. This action also helps keep the stain from spreading as you are actually removing the colored liquid from contact with stain-receiving fabric.

B = Blot Up The Moisture

Next flush the area with clean, cool water. Again, blot up as much of the liquid as possible. Then re-apply the clean water and continue to blot. Don't pour a whole bunch of water on the carpet as it will sink in, perhaps even to the pad and that takes a long time to dry. Use about a cup and be ready to immediately blot it up. The water thins and lightens the colored coffee stain.

C = Clean With Common Cleaning Solutions

  1. Fill a glass bowl with two cups of lukewarm or tepid water.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice and a squirt of liquid dish detergent.
  3. Stir gently to mix, then moisten a clean household sponge with the solution.
  4. Squeeze it so that it doesn't drip but still has a sufficient quantity of cleaning solution to apply to the stained carpet.
  5. Rub gently beginning at the outside of the stain and working towards the center.
  6. Continue until the whole stain has come in contact with the cleaning solution.

The stain should be gone by now.

D = Dab up Excess Moisture

Rinse with clear, cool water and dab to blot up excess moisture. If there's any stain remaining, repeat the cleaning and rinsing process, then blot well. Leave a clean absorbent towel on the wet spot and press your foot on the towel repeatedly to remove as much of the excess moisture as possible. Then allow the carpet to air dry.

When All Else Fails

There are a number of really great commercial products to remove stains, even old coffee stains, from carpeting. One is called ForceOut which contains no enzymes, bleach or color brighteners, and is non-toxic and biodegradable.

MasterBlend makes a product called "Coffee Stain Remover" specifically designed to remove - guess what? Coffee stains! It's usually marketed only to commercial cleaners. You might be able to find this at a commercial janitorial supply house or through your janitorial service.

Removing Old, Dried or Set Coffee Stains From Carpet

When spot cleaning your carpet, follow the above "A, B, C, Ds" to remove the stain. In many cases, this will be all that you need to do as you'd be surprised how many stains are relatively easy to lift out

However, there are a lot of stains that are very resistant to simply water and a soapy cleaning solution. Don't despair! "Ve haff more vays to make you come kleen!"

Remembering that coffee is an organic-type stain, it responds well to organic cleaners.

  1. Moisten set in coffee stains with a paste made of common household baking soda and water.
  2. Massage the paste in, covering the fibers as much as possible.
  3. Allow to dry - which it does rather quickly -
  4. Brush up the residue and either vacuum well or use a stiff scrub brush to restore the nap on the carpet.

The stain should not only be gone, it should smell better, too. Baking soda refreshes carpeting and removes odors.

Miscellaneous Tips To Remove Coffee Stains From Carpeting

  1. If you can't attack the fresh, wet coffee stain right away, grab a salt shaker and season it well! Salt draws the moisture to it along with the pigments that cause the stain. This works with tea as well.
  2. Baby wipes are very handy to have around for unexpected stains. Use one to blot up coffee from your carpet - it absorbs the stains and the moisture.
  3. Got a beer drinker in the house? Beer is an effective stain remover. Experts advise to pour the beer directly onto the stain, then blot it up with paper towels or a soft, clean absorbent rag.
  4. Don't forget the cleaning powers of vinegar! For set in coffee stains on your carpets or rugs, use 1 part water to 3 parts white vinegar. Moisten a household sponge with the solution and gently daub it on the spot. You may have to do this several times and even leave it on overnight. If that's the case, you might want to leave an inverted bowl over the spot to keep people and pets from walking on the wet stain. Smelly? Don't worry. The vinegar smell goes away quickly.

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