A good number of folks love coffee. Nothing can wake you up every morning like a delicious, hot mug of coffee. But coffee spills are easy to occur at the most inconvenient time, and removing the stains can give you a boost of adrenaline due to coffee’s natural tannin dye. Time is of great essence when it comes to removing spilled coffee; the sooner you swing into action, the easier it becomes to remove the stain from the carpet or rug.
But with today’s hectic schedule, you might be forced to postpone the cleaning until a later date, resulting in old coffee stains. The good news is that getting old coffee stains out of carpets and rugs is super simple with a few ingredients and practical methods that you’re going to learn today. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to remove old coffee stains from carpet and do away with your clumsy coffee calamity.
- Paper towels or soft cloths
- Vacuum cleaner
- Warm water
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Mild soap or dish detergent (without bleach)
- Clean spray bottle (optional)
How to Remove Old Coffee Stains Using Liquid Dish Soap & White Vinegar
Lightly Wet the Stained Area
The first step involves soaking up as much of the stain as possible to loosen the dried coffee stain. Using a clean white cloth or paper towels, gently blot up the stain, working from the edges of the stain and moving toward the middle to prevent the color from spreading to surrounding fibers. Clean, warm water can be effective when it comes to loosening dried coffee.
Continue pressing new clean sections of the white cloth onto the stain until no more color is visible on your cloth. Also blot and dab the already wet area with clean water and white cloth to get as much of the loosened coffee stain out as possible. It is important to avoid scrubbing the carpet as this might damage the fibers – simple use the blot or press motion without involving any scrubbing technique.
Add Some Cold Water & Remove Excess Moisture
Spray a small amount of cold water onto the stain and blot up all of the liquid using a new white cloth (or paper towels). In this step, we’re trying to further dilute the stain but still be able to soak it up with a cloth. Therefore, try not to over-saturate the carpet.
You might want to repeat the process (at least twice) and apply paper towels to absorb the residual stain that didn’t come off in the first step. This depends on how much coffee was spilled onto the carpet. Ensure that the excess moisture has been removed before going to the next stage.
Prepare Your Cleaning Solution
You can remove coffee stains from carpet successfully (and inexpensively) using some supplies you already have at your home. We’re going to combine liquid dish soap and white vinegar in this process to remove old coffee stains from carpet. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar, one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, and two cups of warm water.
Pour the mixture into a dish and swirl or stir with a spoon to blend it fully. White vinegar and liquid dish soap solution is an effective, homemade coffee stain remover whose potency is great at getting the stain out of carpet. It can easily lift up the stain deep within the carpet fibers.
Test Your Homemade Cleaner on a Discreet Area
It is important to ascertain whether the solution won’t have a negative effect on the color of your carpet. For that reason, you must first test the solution on an inconspicuous area of your carpet. After applying a small amount of the solution on an invisible area, wait for about 20 minutes.
Check the same spot whether there are any color changes. In the event a negative reaction occurs, try a different cleaning solution. But if there is no color change on your carpet, proceed to the next step
Apply the Stain Remover
Using a clean white cloth or sponge, apply your homemade stain remover onto the affected area. Do not apply too much stain remover because any residue is likely to attract and trap more dirt over time. You can blot with a dry towel or gently work the stain remover by rubbing the carpet fibers between your fingers.
While rubbing, take care not to push down too much since this will further push the stain deep into the carpet. Then, rinse your carpet with cool water and let it dry. You are also recommended to vacuum the carpet to fluff the fibers.
Pay Attention to Any Change
Keep an eye on the stained area to see if the stain resurfaces. In the event it reappears, it might indicate that the stain soaked in more deeply than you initially thought, or that only a small amount of liquid was blotted out during the stain removal process. More often than not, the residual liquid goes back to the surface where it forms a ring around the affected area.
You can repeat the above stain removal steps to remove this ring. Alternatively, you can use a completely different stain remover to get coffee stains out of the carpet. Let’s see another method below.
How to Remove Old Coffee Stains Using Baking Soda
Wet the Stain
Lightly wet the stained area with warm water to loosen the old coffee stain. Using a dry white cloth, blot the stained area, starting from the edges and moving inward to avoid spreading the color to surrounding fibers. Keep wetting and blotting until no more color appears on the cloth.
Remove the Excess Moisture
Absorb the excess liquid and stain from the carpet using paper towels. Make sure to absorb as much of the coffee stain and moisture as possible. Avoid rubbing the stain as this may spread it to adjoining areas. Simple press the paper towels gently into the carpet to soak up the coffee. You can change the paper towels if you wish.
Prepare Your DIY Stain Remover
Baking soda can be used to remove some pretty serious stains. Mix about one part water to three parts baking soda to create a paste for use in removing the stain. You can as well add one tablespoon of white vinegar to the mix for extra cleaning power.
Test the Solution on a Discreet Area
To make sure the cleaning solution won’t cause any damage to the carpet; test it on an inconspicuous area. Apply a small amount of baking soda paste onto a small, inconspicuous area of your carpet, and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Pay attention to any color change or fading. If no changes, move on to the next step.
Apply the Baking Soda Paste
Using an old toothbrush, apply the baking soda paste to your stains and scrub gently. Thereafter, use a clean dry towel to carefully blot away the mixture. Flush the area with water and let your carpet dry overnight, and then vacuum it in the morning.
These DIY methods have been tested and proven to be effective in removing old coffee stains from carpet. For particularly stubborn coffee stains, you might want to repeat the cleaning process quite a few times until the proper results show up. Remember though, that however effective these DIY methods can be, nothing can beat professional carpet cleaners’ help when it comes to carpet cleaning.