Dark, liquid, and notoriously tricky to remove – coffee sometimes seems like it’s just waiting to be spilt. But with a little know-how, removing coffee stains doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. Read the following guide for a number of quick and easy methods!
Pre-treating a Coffee Stain
The best time to begin to treat a coffee stain is before it has set. Blot away any excess liquid with a paper towel or tissue paper, avoiding rubbing, as this will spread the stain. This will help all the steps that follow:
- Hold the garment over the sink and run it under the cold tap for three to five minutes, running the water through the back of the stain. Rub the stain every minute or so to help loosen the marks.
- If the stain remains, switch to water that is just about warm to the touch. Once this has been run through the stain for about 15 seconds, stop and add a few drops of laundry soap directly onto both sides of the stain and gently rub it in until it starts to lather.
- Leave the detergent to set for a few minutes, and then gently rub the stain between your fingers to help loosen it, before continuing to rinse the garment through until all the soap has dissolved.
Soaking and Washing
If the coffee stain is stubborn, or larger than can be easily dealt with over the kitchen sink, you can try soaking the clothing in stain remover before washing it. As always, be sure to heed the instructions on the stain-remover product.
- Fill a container (e.g. the sink, a bucket, a washing up bowl) with warm water and detergent, using the dosage advised on the label.
- Leave the garment to sit for a few hours to loosen the stain ready for the washing machine.