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How to remove coffee stains

Not sure how to get coffee stains out of carpets or surfaces? Read our guide so that you never cry over spilled coffee again.


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How to remove coffee stains
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Coffee is the fuel that drives most of us through our days but if spilled on shirts or surfaces, it can be difficult to remove. The trick is acting fast – and that’s where this guide on how to remove coffee stains comes in. Read on for tips on how to tackle spilled coffee quickly and easily.

Blot the coffee stain as soon as it appears to get rid of excess liquid and make it easier to remove.

Step 1: Know your material

What is the best way to get rid of a coffee stain? The answer depends a lot on where the stain has occurred. Hard floors and surfaces can be easily treated with warm water and a quick spritz of multi-purpose cleaning spray, but what if you need to know how to remove coffee stains from carpet? They can be much harder to treat, especially if they are light coloured.

Step 2: Know your coffee stain

Another factor that affects how easy it is to remove coffee stains is the type of stain you have. By that we mean whether it is fresh or dried. Fresh stains are much easier to remove, whereas dried stains may need to be washed repeatedly before all of the mark is removed. You may also need to use stronger detergents or even bleaching products to get rid of all traces of a dried stain. Just make sure you test them on a small area first and follow the instructions on the pack to avoid damage.

Step 3: Learn your method

Finally, you need to match your cleaning method to the material and type of stain you have. Try one of these options:

How to get coffee stains out of carpet: fresh coffee

  1. Absorb as much excess liquid as possible by dabbing the fresh coffee stain with a clean cloth.

  2. Dampen a clean cloth with cold water and dab the stain. Do not rub.

  3. If the stain continues to be visible, apply a little dishwashing liquid to it and repeat the dabbing process.

  4. Rinse by dabbing the area with cold water again.

  5. Allow the carpet to dry naturally. You can help avoid must smells by dabbing it with a dry cloth to remove excess water from the fibres.

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How to remove coffee stains from carpet: dried stains

As dried stains are harder to remove, you might want to use a couple of extra ingredients in your cleaning method. Once the bulk of the stain is absorbed, dampen a cloth with white vinegar and dab the area lightly. Dab afterwards with a cloth wet with cold water to flush the area. Repeat this process, alternating between the two clothes, until the stain has been fully removed.

How to remove coffee stains from clothes

Spilled coffee on your shirt on your way to work or a lecture? It happens to us all. Fortunately, as long as you have some quality detergent and manage to treat the stain while it’s fresh, a coffee stain on fabric isn’t too difficult to get rid of. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Pre-treat the stain with a little OMO Auto Washing Liquid and leave it to work for 15–30 minutes.

  2. Wash the garment at 30 degrees with similar colours, using OMO Auto Washing Liquid.

  3. Let the garment air-dry and check for any remaining stains once it has dried. If the item is white, you can let it dry in direct sunlight, as the UV rays will help get rid of any leftover stains.

If you can’t wash your stained garment immediately, keep it wet until you can.

And there you have it – a quick guide on how to get coffee stains out of a few different surfaces.

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