How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Polyester

Whether you're drinking coffee at home, in the car or at the office, a hurried or distracted sip will leave behind some of that beloved beverage on your clothing. Polyester, a synthetic fiber known for its versatility and durability, is a common clothing fabric. Removing coffee from polyester fabrics is something you can quickly do at home with the use of a few cleaning agents.

Step 1

Blot the coffee stain with lukewarm water and a clean cloth. If the stain is small and fresh, this may be all you need to do. For more extensive stains, soak the stained area in a solution of 1/3 cup vinegar to 2/3 cup water.

Step 2

Apply a pre-treating fluid or a small quantity of laundry detergent to the coffee stain.

Step 3

Wash the garment in cool to warm water, or according to the directions on its care label.

Step 4

Allow the garment to thoroughly air dry.

Step 5

Check to see if any traces of coffee remain. If so, soak the stained area in a solution of oxygen bleach and water or add it to your next wash. Follow the directions on the product's packaging.

Sophie Levant

Sophie Levant is a freelance writer based in Michigan. Having attended Michigan State University, her interests include history classical music, travel, and the German language. Her work has been published at eHow and Travels.