How to Remove Coffee Stains From a White Carpet

Coffee stains are ugly and usually inconvenient. Coffee stains happen early in the morning when you're on your way out of the house for work. They happen during a dinner party. Or they show up, like an uninvited guest, in odd places, at inconvenient times. Coffee stains on a white or light-colored carpet are particularly annoying, but you don't want them on any part of your carpeting or furniture. Luckily, a coffee stain on a carpet can be removed from even the whitest of flooring. You might want to keep some items on hand to make sure you have the best chance of getting that stubborn coffee stain off your carpet.

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How to Remove Coffee Stains From a White Carpet

Coffee Stain Remover Process

You want to treat spilled coffee as quickly as possible. The coffee stain remover process is easiest before the stain has dried, so if possible, don't wait to clean the stain. The coffee will seep deeper into the carpet, making it harder to remove. But if you have to wait until later, there are things you can do with some household ingredients and a little elbow grease. If you have just spilled the coffee, you may be able to clean the carpet with some warm water and a clean sponge. Wipe the area gently but don't scrub it. Keep flushing the area with water. If this removes the stain, then blot it dry with a clean white cloth.

More than likely, however, you'll need to add some cleaner to your water to get the coffee out of the white carpet, so have them on hand.

What You’ll Need

You'll need some white vinegar, some liquid dish soap and some baking soda. Mix a tablespoon of the dish soap and a tablespoon of white vinegar, along with 2 cups of warm water. Take a clean white cloth and wipe the mixture onto the stain with the cloth. Don't scrub hard or you will cause the oil from the coffee to be absorbed more quickly. Gently wipe a little of the mixture at a time, blotting the area often. Wipe gently, a little at a time, until the stain appears to be gone, then wipe the area with water. Blot it dry with a clean towel. Then, sprinkle some baking soda on top to absorb the excess moisture. After a few minutes, vacuum up the baking soda. The coffee stain should be completely gone.

Coffee with Cream?

But what if you take your coffee with cream, milk or sugar? Then, you might need a few extra ingredients to get rid of the coffee stain. Here, you'll need some laundry detergent with an enzyme. Combine a capful with 1 cup of warm water in a dish and stir. Then, blot it onto the stain, again wiping gently. Clean the area a little at a time, blotting with water. This should help break down the cream and sugar. Then, repeat with the baking soda.

If All Else Fails

If these don't work or you have a particularly large spill, try the best foam carpet cleaner you can find that suits your flooring. Look for a cleaner based on the type of carpet fabric you have. If you have wool or polyester, for example, look for a carpet cleaner that will work on those fabrics. Wet the area with a spray cleaning bottle filled with water and follow the manufacturer's directions.

Then, enjoy your carpet and try to keep it clean!