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COIT’s Guide to Removing Coffee Stains

Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee in the morning? Well if you don’t, chances are, someone in your household enjoys some good old Taster’s Choice or Starbucks in the morning. It’s estimated that 55% of Americans drink coffee on a regular basis – with about 400 billion cups consumed every year!  Or for the high tech coffee drinkers out there, the good old Keurig k-cups. Oh so efficient, and oh so tasty.

Amid the hustle and bustle of weekday mornings, it’s easy to leave a few coffee stains behind. From the carpet, to couches, to cotton, coffee stains can definitely put a damper on your morning. If you’re unlucky enough to leave coffee stains behind in your car, that can make your Monday morning a bit rough as well.

To help make those busy mornings a little less stressful, COIT offers an in depth guide to coffee stain removal.  Learn the step-by-step procedures you can follow to remove coffee stains.

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Why Does Coffee Stain?

Before we get into the step-by-step process of how to remove coffee stains, let’s take a look at why coffee actually leaves a trail by looking at what coffee is typically made of.

Coffee beans, which come from the coffea plant, are found in coffee “cherries”, which grow on trees in 70 countries.  A typical cup contains sugar, milk, coffee granules, and water, with a wide variety of artificial sweeteners to choose from as well.  Coffee stains because it contains oils that stick to surfaces and are quick to be absorbed. Porous surfaces hold these oils and cause a discoloration.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from Furniture

We’ve all been there – you’re sitting on your favorite comfortable couch or chair and suddenly, out of nowhere, you’ve got a big coffee stain on your lovely white upholstery. Whether you accidentally sip too much, or someone accidentally bumps you, coffee stains on furniture can certainly put a damper on your day.  But have no fear, fellow coffee drinkers. With COIT’s guide to coffee stain removal, your furniture will be back in tip-top shape in no time.

When it’s time to remove coffee stains from furniture, the last thing you want to do is aggressively scrub the surface. Doing this will make the coffee stains soak into the upholstery even faster. Follow this step-by-step set of instructions, instead:

  1. Blot the spilled coffee with a paper towel. Try and remove any access liquid, but do not scrub. 
  2. For black coffee stains, take some mild liquid detergent and place directly onto a damp sponge.
  3. Gently rub the stain with the sponge in a circular motion. Coffee stains should gradually disappear.
  4. If the stain still appears, coffee stain removal also works with vinegar. Try applying a mixture of vinegar and lukewarm water directly onto the stain, using a sponge to get coffee stains out of furniture.

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How to Remove Coffee Stains from Carpet

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.

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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.

 

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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.Don't forget to check our coupons!

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.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from Rugs

COIT’s Guide to Removing Coffee Stains from Rugs

If you’re running out the door and happen to spill some coffee on an area rug, don’t worry, successful coffee stain removal is still possible. Here is a simple guide on how to remove coffee stains from a rug.

To remove coffee stains from a rug, follow these steps:

  1. Gently blot the coffee stain with a paper towel as soon as you discover it.
  2. Dilute the coffee stain with a bit of water, and continue to blot with a paper towel.
  3. If the coffee stain is still visible, use a small amount of white vinegar to further dilute the stain (one tbsp. per cup of water).
  4. Do not use stain removers on area rugs, as this may leave a permanent mark.
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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.

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