Dealing with Coffee Stains



We love our morning cup of coffee, but sleepiness and fatigue often leads to coffee stains from accidental spills and stumbles. So, how do you remove the evidence of your morning beverage from the sofa, carpet, pajamas or even the cup itself?

There are many commercial preparations that promise to entirely eliminate these stains, but it is vitally important to follow the directions for use very closely. For example, if the enzyme pre-treatment you have purchased as a way of eliminating some persistent stains in your carpeting says to “soak the area and then blot after a few minutes”, this must be done accordingly.

Why is it so important?

Well, all fabrics and surfaces have the potential for permanently fixing the proteins, acids and chemicals of coffee and this must be addressed in the right way for the material and not for the coffee.

So, how do you remove these stains from carpeting?

The safest and most effective approach is to soak the coffee stain with cold water and work to blot up as much of the material as possible. Next, it is usually best to purchase a carpet stain treatment and use according to directions. Should this fail to remove the entire stain, a mild vinegar rinse of seven to ten minutes usually completes the stain removal process.

What about clothing and fabric?

The first thing to do is rinse the area with cold water as soon as possible. This will remove much of the coffee without allowing the fabric to absorb the deep color. The next step for removing these stains from clothing is to rub a bit of detergent into the stain and allow to soak for half of an hour. This should be rinsed thoroughly and repeat if necessary.

What about cups or mugs?

Finally, removing stains from cups or mugs is best done through the use of a baking soda paste that is gently rubbed in the interior and left to remove the marks before being rinsed away.

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