How to Remove Coffee Stains

There are few things more frustrating in the mornings than spilling your freshly brewed coffee on your work clothes. Whether it’s just a couple of drops or the whole cup of coffee, we’ve all been in this situation. No need to worry! There are ways to remove coffee stains from almost any surface. Keep reading to find out some tips and tricks for removing coffee stains! 

Does Coffee Stain?

As long as you know how to properly remove coffee stains and act swiftly, the coffee stain will not be permanent! Whether you spilled your coffee on your clothes, on your couch, or in your car, treating the stain quickly is your best chance of success. Luckily, you probably already have most of the items you’ll need to treat the stain in your cabinet! 

How to Remove Coffee Stains from Cotton Clothing

Luckily, cotton is a fairly easy fabric to work with. Try out these steps to remove coffee stains from your cotton clothing:

  1. Blot the stain away using a clean cloth in cool water. You’ll want to pull up as much excess coffee as possible. 
  2. Use either a stain remover, such as Tide-To-Go stain pens or Shout wipes. You may also want to pre soak the stain in a solution of 1 quart warm water, ½ teaspoon dishwashing detergent (not laundry detergent), and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar; let soak for 15 minutes. 
  3. Rinse the garment with warm water. 
  4. Wash as normal.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from Synthetic Fabrics

If you are trying to remove coffee stains from synthetic clothing or fabric, try out these steps:

  1. Use a clean rag in cool water to blot the stain away.
  2. Soak the garment in a solution of 1 quart warm water, ½ teaspoon dishwashing detergent (not laundry detergent), and one tablespoon white vinegar. Let soak for 15 minutes. 
  3. Rinse the garment with warm water. 
  4. Use a clean sponge to blot the remaining coffee stain. 
  5. Rinse the garment with warm water again. 
  6. Wash as normal. 

How to Remove Coffee Stains from Carpet & Rugs 

In case you have a slightly larger spill than normal and stain your rug, here is a way to get your rug looking brand new again! Just remember – the faster you clean it up, the better the results will be. 

  1. Using a clean rag or paper towels, blot up as much of the coffee from your carpet as you can. 
  2. Mix 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. 
  3. Use a clean, white rag to blot the stain with the mixture. 
  4. Repeat the blotting process until the stain is gone. 
  5. Use a fresh rag or sponge with cold water to rinse. 
  6. Blot the carpet dry with another fresh towel. 

How to Remove Old Coffee Stains from Clothes

Removing old coffee stains from your clothing tends to be a little trickier, but here are some steps to try to get your clothes looking new again! 

  1. Determine the clothing’s fabric. (Materials with low absorbances, such as polyester, tend to be easier to clean than fabrics, such as cotton and linen.)
  2. Fill a container or sink (whatever you prefer!) with warm water – enough water to cover the garment completely.
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and ½ teaspoon of dish soap into the water. Stir until completely blended.
  4. Soak the garment in the mixture for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. (Materials, such as cotton and linen, may need to soak for longer.)
  5. Wring out the garment and rinse under cold water. Afterwards, check to see if the stain has been washed out. If the stain is still there, move on to Step 6. 
  6. Apply a stain removing agent (make sure to follow directions on the bottle) and allow your garment to sit for a few minutes. Wash again with cold water and then recheck the stain. 

Don’t let a coffee stain keep you from enjoying your favorite winter clothes. Come see our professionals at Hangers Cleaners to help with your difficult stains! For more information on dry cleaning and laundry services in Little Rock, contact Hangers Cleaners today. We offer pickup and drop-off services!