We’ve all been there: one minute you’re carrying your cup of coffee through to settle in front of the television or your laptop, the next it’s all over you – and your carpet – because you tripped on the cat, or the corner or a rug, or a step. We are often asked How to get coffee stains out of carpet?
Coffee is one of those things that people so often consider to be the number one sin on a pale carpet – never coming out, and always leaving behind a stubborn mark. Well, to those people, we say simply that maybe their cleaning method is wrong.
The types of coffee stains that you may find yourself tackling
Walk into any coffee shop or hot drinks bar, and you will see that coffee is not one straightforward beverage.
In fact, coffee is a drink which comes with a wide array of different variations and interpretations – ranging from the simplicity of a black coffee to the sweet solution of something with cream and sugar.
Coffee spills and stains are no different, with one of the pinnacle differences in stains being that those that are fresh and still wet, and those which are old stains of dried coffee.
Each of these different coffee types and different levels of staining requires differing cleaning solutions and approach:
- Cleaning with baking soda – mix one tablespoon of baking soda, 2 cups of lukewarm water
- Cleaning with dishwasher fluid – mix one tablespoon of dish soap, 2 cups of lukewarm water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
- Cleaning with salt – mix two tablespoons of salt and water in a spray bottle
- Cleaning with lemon juice – ¼ cup of lemon juice and 2 cups of lukewarm water in a spray bottle
- Cleaning with shaving cream – shaving cream, ¼ cup of white vinegar
- Cleaning with stain remover – carpet stain remover and a vacuum cleaner
NB: If you use a carpet stain remover, pay attention to the information on the bottle and ensure that what you are buying is conducive to the type of carpet you have.
The beauty of working with this list is that you are likely to have at least one of these items in your home at any given time – meaning you are always equipped to deal with coffee stains of some description.
But before you dive into mixing up cleaning solutions and getting down on all fours to scrub and work on cleaning the carpet, you need to prep the carpet to remove the stain.
Step One: Prepping the area
If your stain is fresh and still wet, the first thing you need to do is apply paper towels or a dry clean cloth to blot the stain and press down hard; soaking up as much of the liquid as you can.
You must not scrub at the stain as you can transfer and push the liquid around, expanding the stain rather than stopping it.
Step Two: The cleaning process
This is where our earlier list comes into play, with all sorts of different ways of combating coffee stains on carpet depending on the severity of the stain and the implements you have available at the time of cleaning.
No matter which cleaning solution you go for, the cleaning process remains largely the same:
- Apply the solution using a spray bottle with a fine mist to the stain and blot the stain using a dry cloth
- Continue blotting at the stain until it lifts – you may see some coffee residue on your cloth which will show it being drawn out from the carpet
- Repeat the process if needed, until the carpet fibres return to its normal colour
- Rinse the area with cold water and leave it to dry
There are instances where the process is a little more complex – for example if your stain falls onto the wool carpet or a woollen rug. In these cases, the best course of action is to call in professional carpet cleaners to use industry-leading tools and techniques to restore your carpet to its former glory.
For more information and guidance on how to remove stubborn carpet stains from your carpet, get in touch with us or your local cleaning company today.