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Removing Coffee Stains from Carpet

Removing Coffee Stains from Carpet

The smell of freshly brewed coffee on a chilly winter’s morning is one of life’s small pleasures.

Not so pleasant? Dropping that cup of coffee on your carpet and not knowing the best method for removing it.

As the stain removal experts, we can help.

Warning: You are going to use a lot of towels or paper towels to clean up the mess but it will be worth it to save your carpet!

The smell of freshly brewed coffee on a chilly winter’s morning is one of life’s small pleasures.

Not so pleasant? Dropping that cup of coffee on your carpet and not knowing the best method for removing it.

As the stain removal experts, we can help.

Warning: You are going to use a lot of towels or paper towels to clean up the mess but it will be worth it to save your carpet!

How Do I Treat A Coffee Stain?

Step 01: You Need to Act Quickly

Attending to the stain just after it occurs will give you the best chance of success.

Use a clean, dry white towel or paper towel to gently blot any excess liquid. Use light pressure at first and change cloths as you go. Remember, don’t rub, as rubbing may spread the stain, or worse push it deeper into the carpet fibres.

Continue the blotting process until there is no further transfer of colour onto the cloth.

Step 02: Apply Water to The Stain

Using lukewarm water for this step is important, particularly if there was milk in the coffee spilt. Hot water may cause the milk to curdle – yuck! Sponge the water onto the stain, then place pressure on a dry towel to absorb as much liquid as possible.

You’ll need to repeat this process at least once or twice until there is no more colour being transferred from the carpet to your cloth. Again, make sure you are not rubbing the stain.

Step 03: Cleaning Coffee Stains Solution

Combine a 1:2 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and apply to the area. Blot with some paper towel and continue the process. You will need to rinse with cold water and again, blot dry. Note that the smell of vinegar will dissipate within a couple of hours.

If the above solution hasn’t done the trick, here is what else you could try. Create a mild cleaning solution by using about 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent mixed with a litre of warm water. Sponge it onto what is left of the stain and remove by again blotting with a fresh towel.

Hopefully, that has worked a treat. Still struggling? Try applying Electro 3 Spot and Stain Remover to the area and wipe in one direction. Re-apply, then wipe in the opposite direction to get both sides of the carpet fibre. A couple of sprays should suffice for this job.

Step 04: The second cleaning solution (option A):

If a stain remains, sponge on a mild cleaning solution. Use dishwashing detergent (1-2 tsp of a mild detergent) and mix it with at least a litre of warm water. Sponge liberally onto the affected area and remove with a wet-dry vacuum or by placing downward pressure on a fresh towel. Do this at least twice to remove as much of the coffee as possible. Quick tip – stand on the towel after sponging on the mild detergent mixture. This will increase the transfer of moisture (including the coffee) from the carpet to the towel.

Step 05: The second cleaning solution (Option B):

If a stain remains, apply Electro 3 Spot and Stain remover. Apply to the affected area and wipe in one direction with a white cloth. Re-apply but wipe this time in the opposite direction to get both sides of the carpet fibre. Two or three sprays will generally be enough. Do not over-apply.

Step 06: Rinse Away and Dry

Sponge on some tap water and apply towel pressure to remove as much moisture as possible. To help with the drying process, we recommend placing a fan near the damp area and letting it blow for a few hours.

If the stain still hasn’t budged, you may need to give an Electrodry Carpet Dry Cleaning technician a call for assistance.

Our technicians have seen all sort of tricky stains and can use their expertise and product arsenal to achieve the best possible results.

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