How to remove coffee stains from carpets, clothes, and more

How to remove coffee stains from carpets, clothes, and more

Dealing with coffee stains can be a real hassle and, if you’re a regular coffee drinker, an unfortunate inevitability. But worry not! We've put together this guide to the most effective methods for removing these stubborn stains. With our tips and techniques, you can savour your coffee without the worry of spills leaving a mark.

Let's dive into the best ways to keep your fabrics and surfaces pristine.

Are coffee stains permanent?

Coffee stains are not usually permanent. In fact, the faster you act, the easier they are to remove. Prompt action prevents the coffee from setting into the fabric or surface. In the following sections, we'll discuss various methods to effectively remove coffee stains from different materials and surfaces. Whether it's clothing, carpets, or furniture, we've got you covered with step-by-step solutions.

How to remove coffee stains from carpet

We’ve been there – brand new cream carpet seemingly ruined by a coffee spillage accident. But you needn’t worry. Here’s the best way to get rid of the coffee stain and tips for the best ways to treat it.

Firstly, here are the things you will need:

  • Cloth or paper towels that are light in colour
  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • White vinegar (if necessary)
  • Baking soda (if necessary)
  • Water spray bottle
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Vacuum cleaner

Step 1: It’s important to act quickly when you are deapng with coffee. Blot the area and get rid of as much of the pquid as you can.

Step 2: Mix one tablespoon of pquid soap with one cup of lukewarm water.

Step 3: Dip your cloth or paper towels into the soap solution and blot the stain, do not rub. Start from the outside and go into the centre of the stain, this will ensure you don’t spread the stain.

Step 4: Fill your spray bottle with water, and spray on to the stain in order to get rid of the soap.

Step 5: If this doesn’t work, do not worry. Mix equal parts white vinegar to water in your spray bottle, spray onto your stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Then blot with a damp clean cloth to pft the stain.

Step 6: For any final discolouration or odour, place baking soda onto the stain. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then simply vacuum over. This will also help to fluff up the carpet’s fibres.

How to remove coffee stains from clothes

Brand new cream blouse or white shirt ruined by a coffee accident? Here are the best methods to get rid of coffee stains for cotton materials and any other fabrics.


Here are the things you’ll need:

  • Cloth or paper towels
  • Cold water
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda

Step 1: The key to success is immediate action. Blot the coffee stain gently with a clean white cloth or paper towels to soak up as much coffee as possible. Do not rub, as this can spread the stain.

Step 2: Run cold water through the back of the stained area to force the coffee out of the fabric. Continue rinsing until you see the coffee stain fading.

Step 3: Apply a small amount of liquid laundry detergent directly to the stain. Gently rub the fabric together to work in the detergent, but avoid vigorous scrubbing.

Step 4: If the stain persists, you can soak the garment in a mixture of cold water and a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar for 15-30 minutes. This can help break down the stain.

Step 5: Rinse the fabric thoroughly with cold water to remove the detergent or vinegar.

Step 6: Check to ensure the stain is completely gone before drying the item as heat from drying can set in a stain, making it harder to remove.

Step 7: If the stain remains, make a paste of baking soda and cold water. Apply it to the stain and gently rub the fabric. Let it sit for a few minutes.

Step 8: Wash the garment in cold water with your regular laundry detergent, checking the care label for washing instructions.

Step 9: After washing, let the garment air dry. Tumble drying can cause the stain to set if it still remains. Check once more for any residual stain, and repeat the white vinegar or baking soda step if it’s still there.

Synthetic fibres

Synthetic materials like acrylic, nylon or polyester are durable fabrics, so if you do experience any coffee stains, they should be fairly easy to remove. You can use the same cotton instructions to treat synthetic fibres. However, if you’re treating an older coffee stain, it’s best to use a slightly different approach. Bleach can be very effective when removing coffee stains, however you must proceed with caution as this could damage the fabric.

Here are the things you’ll need:

  • Liquid chlorine bleach (for white fabrics) or oxygen bleach (colour-safe bleach)
  • Water
  • Rubber gloves
  • A basin or sink
  • Cloth or paper towels
  • Liquid laundry detergent

Step 1: Ensure that your fabric can be safely bleached. Check the care label on the garment for bleach instructions. Avoid using bleach on coloured fabrics or delicate materials like silk or wool.

Step 2: Dilute liquid chlorine bleach with water. Use one part bleach to four parts water. For coloured fabrics, use oxygen bleach following the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3: Test in an inconspicuous area before applying the bleach solution directly to the coffee stain to make sure it won't cause colour fading or damage.

Step 4: Wearing rubber gloves, moisten a white cloth or paper towel with the diluted bleach solution. Dab the stained area gently with the cloth, ensuring you don't saturate the fabric excessively.

Step 5: Blot the stained area frequently with a clean, damp cloth or paper towel to remove the bleach and coffee residue. Rinse the area thoroughly with cold water to stop the bleaching action.

Step 6: Wash the garment separately as soon as possible using cold water and an appropriate laundry detergent. Follow the care label instructions.

Step 7: Check to ensure the coffee stain is completely gone. If the stain remains, avoid heat and drying, as it can set the stain. Repeat the bleach treatment as needed.

Step 8: Allow the garment to air dry. Once you're sure the stain is gone, you can return to your regular washing and drying routine.

Coffee stains may be an unwelcome occurrence, but with the right knowledge and a little effort, they need not be a permanent blemish on your day. Whether you're dealing with cotton, synthetic fabrics, or considering the careful use of bleach, these methods can help you bid farewell to stubborn coffee stains. Remember, time is of the essence, so act quickly to ensure the best chance of success. Cheers to stain-free coffee!