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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.

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 no 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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Do you have a coffee stains on your upholstery that you can’t seem to remove on your own? For more advanced coffee stain removal that requires specialized, professional care, consider COIT Cleaning services.