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COIT’s Guide to Removing Coffee Stains from Carpet

You know this moment all too well. Your alarm clock goes off, you hit the shower, get dressed, and you’re finally ready to get out the door and start your day. You’ve got a nice, fresh cup of coffee in hand, and things are looking up, right?

Until you spill your coffee. Yikes! 

Coffee stains weren’t part of the morning plan, but don’t worry, there is a solution for removing coffee stains from carpet. With COIT’s step-by-step guide, you won’t let a morning hiccup leave a permanent mark on your carpet, or on your day. So the next time you’re wondering how to remove coffee stains from carpet, check out this easy-to-follow guide.

How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Carpet

The first thing you want to do when you discover the coffee stain is act fast. The worst thing you can do when removing coffee stains from carpet is wait!  

  1. Grab some paper towel and begin to gently blot the stain. If you scrub the coffee stain, this may cause the oils to be absorbed faster, so avoid doing that (despite your inclination to furiously rub the stain, this is not the best approach to removing coffee stains from carpet).
  2. If you don’t have paper towels handy, you can also use a dish towel. The key is to gently try and absorb as much of the color-carrying liquid as possible, before the coffee stain sets in.
  3. Flush the area of the carpet with no more than 1 cup of cool water. With another clean dish towel or paper towel, continue blotting the area, after applying cold water to the stain. 
  4. Next, mix two cups of lukewarm water with ¼ cup of lemon juice. Add a bit of liquid dishwashing detergent to the mix as well. When you’re wondering how to get coffee stains out of carpet, there’s nothing a little lemon juice can’t do (in a pinch, you can also use one-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water). 
  5. Apply the solution to a clean sponge. Don’t soak the sponge, but get it damp enough to have an effect when applied to the stain. 
  6. Begin at the outside of the coffee stain and gently rub in a circular motion, working your way to the inside of the stain. 
  7. Rinse the area with clean, cold water.  
  8. Using a clean, dry towel, remove any excess moisture by stepping directly onto the towel and firmly pressing. If the coffee stain still remains, repeat the process listed above until the stain is no longer visible.

Try the above mentioned techniques when considering how to remove coffee stains from carpet. For more advanced carpet cleaning services, contact COIT Carpet Cleaning to learn more.

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. 
These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.