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How Can I Get Rid of Coffee Stains?

If you’ve spilled coffee on your clothing or carpet, here is a step-by-step guide to removing coffee stains to help you out! Read on for stain removal tips!


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Coffee can be one of the most troublesome stains to get out of clothing and carpets, but there are several strategies you can use to treat the stain. Here’s a step-by-step approach to getting rid of a coffee stain. Depending on the age and size of your stain, more vigorous effort may be required, so simply follow each step and repeat until it’s gone.

Remember: if the stain is on silk or another delicate fabric, it’s a much better idea to get it cleaned professionally than to risk damaging it. Check the care label of your garment for other helpful cleaning advice.

If you spill coffee, act fast and blot the stain to remove excess liquid. The faster you can treat a coffee stain, the easier it will be to remove.

How to Remove Coffee Stains

1) Blot the coffee stain

  • If the stain is fresh and still damp, blot it quickly with either a paper towel or some tissues.
  • This will help remove excess liquids, along with some of the chemicals in coffee that give the stain its colour.
  • This step also will make the next steps more likely to work well.

2) Rinse the stain with cold water

  • If it’s an item of clothing, run it under the cold tap through the back of the stain for three to five minutes.
  • Rub the stain gently every minute or so – this will help to loosen more stubborn marks.
  • Repeat this action 2 to 3 times to remove fresher stains.
  • If you have a fresh or smaller carpet stain, run some cold water over it and rub it gently to loosen the stain.

3) Add detergent to treat the coffee stain

  • If the stain is still there, rub in a small amount of liquid laundry detergent while the surface is still moist.
  • Once you’ve gently rubbed the detergent into the stain, leave it to set for a few minutes. This will be especially good for older stains.
  • After five minutes, gently rub the stain between your fingers again to help loosen it.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cold water.

4) Try using vinegar to remove the stain

  • If your stain persists after treating it with detergent, then try using this mixture to treat the stain.
  • Mix some powdered laundry detergent with equal parts of white vinegar and water. Mix it all into a paste.
  • Test the mixture on a part of the garment that doesn’t normally show in order to make sure it won’t discolour the fabric. If it does, move straight to the next step.
  • If there’s no danger of discolouration, rub the paste into the stain.
  • Use a toothbrush, nailbrush, or other brush to gently scrub both sides of the stain.
  • Rinse the fabric thoroughly.

5) Use a stain stick

  • If you’ve tried everything above and your stain is still visible, apply a stain stick and leave to sit for a few minutes. These products are intended to help fight tough stains.
  • Again, remember to test any new product on a small part of the garment first to make sure that it won’t discolour or harm the fabric.
  • After 5 to 10 minutes, wash the garment normally with a commercial laundry detergent. Make sure to follow normal washing instructions.
  • Before drying the garment in a dryer, check to make sure that the stain has been removed – heat will set the stain.
  • It’s important to check the care label on your garment before attempting stain removal.
  • Remember: heat can set the stain. Use cold water when treating a coffee stain and check that the stain has been removed before placing your garment in the dryer.
  • To finish up the stain removal process, wash with a laundry detergent that has stain-removing properties, like OMO Liquid.
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