Coffee stains can be extremely hard to get out of the carpet. They’re not only unsightly, but they’re damaging to the fibers, as well. But don’t fret; you don’t have to live with stained carpet! Instead, employ the following six methods of coffee stain removal to get your carpet looking and smelling like new again. The sooner you treat your stain, the better, so get to work right away.
6 Ways to Get Coffee Stains Out of Carpet
1) Wipe the spill immediately
If coffee spills on your carpet, don’t think you can get away with leaving it there until later. If left alone, coffee tends to penetrate deep into carpet fibers and is difficult to remove without professional help. As soon as you spill, take a clean cloth and gently blot up what you can. Then, as quickly as possible (this might sound like overkill), mix equal parts white vinegar and water together in a spray bottle and liberally apply it overspill area. Be careful not to spray too much vinegar or it could weaken or damage your carpet’s colorfastness; ideally about half an hour should do the trick for complete cleaning.
2) Use Baking Soda
Some stains just won’t be budged by normal vacuuming, but there’s a simple way to lift them from your carpet, baking soda. Sprinkle some onto any dried-on stains and let it sit for at least an hour before you vacuum again. The soda acts as a deodorizer and stain remover, so it works well on both smells and spills. If you’re dealing with red wine or fruit juice, mix a little bit of club soda into your baking soda before using it the fizziness helps lift tough stains right off your carpet. Note. Don’t use baking soda on silk or wool carpets since those fibers are especially delicate.
3) Use Water, Vinegar, and Dish Soap
Mixing equal parts of water, vinegar, and dish soap will help remove coffee stains. The water, vinegar, and dish soap mixture is a type of solvent that effectively breaks down oil-based stains. Scrub at affected areas with a brush or clean cloth until you’ve loosened up all residual traces of coffee. Rinse with cool water and blot dry.
4) Use Rubbing Alcohol
Got a small stain on your carpet? Dab some rubbing alcohol onto a clean rag, then blot at the stain. Rubbing alcohol is known for its disinfectant and antibacterial properties, making it a great all-purpose cleaner. Its solvent nature also allows it to break down stains better than water or other liquids. Though rubbing alcohol isn’t as potent as say, Listerine (which makes for an effective, but very smelly carpet deodorizer), it can still be used to remove small stains from carpets with relative ease. Remember always spot test an inconspicuous area before dabbing away.
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5) Do Not Use Ammonia or Bleach
One way many people try to clean a coffee stain from a carpet is by using household cleaners like bleach or ammonia. But these are often dangerous for a couple of reasons. First, if you use too much, you can damage your carpet and cause permanent discoloration in areas where too much was applied. Also, both bleach and ammonia smell bad and can make you sick if used improperly. If either gets on your skin or in your eyes, contact emergency medical services right away. The longer you wait after these substances come into contact with your body, the harder it is for them to be washed off.
6) Steam Clean The Area
If you have some moisture in your carpet, a steam cleaner will take it out. Put a cup of water into the reservoir and turn on your steam cleaner. The heat should lift all remnants of coffee stains, getting rid of them as well as their scent. Be sure to clean up any excess moisture with paper towels after you’re done cleaning so that it doesn’t leave behind permanent spots.