Treating ugly coffee stains
Cleaning Coffee Stains on Carpeting
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Cleaning Coffee Stains on Carpeting
A friend spilled a full cup of coffee all over our new carpeting. Naturally I told her it wasn't a problem, but now I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to get it out. The carpet combines various shades of light brown so the stain really stands out. We can't afford to call in a professional. Is there a way to clean up the coffee stain?
Watch the Stain Disappear
Try using Folex® Spray
It took coffee stains out of my shirt. I keep it by my washer and hit all stains with it. I also removed grape juice from the new carpet at my church. Spray it on the stain, wait a few seconds, scratch it with your nails, and watch the stain disappear. I don't know if I can say this, but I found the best price at Lowe's.
Stains Better Watch Out!
This is the best carpet cleaner I have ever tried. I just mix together two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid (I use the blue grease-fighting stuff!) and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Then I apply it to the stain and blot with a cloth until the stain comes out. I haven't found a stain yet that it hasn't been able to get out!
Try in Hidden Area First
Stains are always easier to clean when new. I hope you blotted up all the liquid when it happened.
Since your carpet is new, you might call where you purchased it to see if they have any recommended cleaning products.
I would try hydrogen peroxide. Pour it on then blot it up with a white towel. If that does not work, try some shaving cream. It is basically soap. Work some into the fibers and then blot with a wet towel.
If a stain is very stubborn, you will need a cleaner with enzymes. You might try a laundry soap that contains enzymes.
Whatever product you use, try a small amount in an area that is hidden in case it changes the color of your carpet.
May Need an Enzyme Cleaner
I would start with a good stain removing carpet cleaner like Spot Shot® or Resolve®, blotting with a clean white cloth as you go. You may have to reapply several times, since the stain has been sitting a while.
Alternatively, try a vinegar/dishwashing detergent solution. Mix one tablespoon each of dishwashing detergent and white vinegar to two cups of warm water. Blot with a clean white cloth, changing to clean areas as you go.
If there was milk or cream in the coffee, you should then apply an enzyme laundry detergent or "pet" spot cleaner that has enzymes in it. Cover the area with plastic and weigh it down. The enzyme needs to remain wet to do its work. Follow directions on the package as to how long to keep the spot wet. It's usually about two days. This can be repeated if necessary.
Barbara in CT
Cleaning Coffee Stains on Carpeting and More
I live and breathe by my homemade stain remover. I have a spray bottle that I bought in the cleaning supply area of my local store. I put in equal parts warm water, vinegar, and blue Dawn® dish detergent. Then I spray it on a stain and let it sit for about three to five minutes. While I'm waiting on the solution to work its magic, I get out my iron and some white towels (I have old ones I use just for this process). Set my iron to steam. Place a white towel over the stain and iron it out. I can see the stain come up onto the white towels. Then I just throw them in the washer to clean.
Love Your Coffee Drinker!
I have a husband who drinks coffee and is animated while the cup is still in his hand. I use a solution of oxygenated powder bleach. I rub it on, wait a minute or two, and scrub again. Stains disappear. I've used this on Kool-Aid stains, marker, etc. on both floors and walls. It works every time. Hydrogen peroxide will do a multitude of tasks as well.
Use baby wipes to get the stain out of the carpet. It will take some elbow grease and maybe a few wipes. Once you have wiped the stain, let it dry, vacuum, and repeat the process until it has removed the stain.
Swears by Hydrogen Peroxide
I swear by hydrogen peroxide. You can buy it at a big box store for less than a dollar a quart. In an eight-ounce spray bottle, put about two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and fill the bottle with cool water from the tap. Shake the bottle a little bit to mix and then spritz the stain until it's saturated. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. I use a dedicated scrub brush from the local dollar store for scrubbing the rug. Scrub in all directions, back and forth and in circles. The stain will be gone. If a shadow of it remains, go through the steps again. This is especially good for pet stains on the carpet. Hydrogen peroxide lifts stains without bleaching the carpet color. Plus, it's a disinfectant. Once you have mixed the solution, you must discard it after about 30 minutes or so. The light will compromise its properties. Also check the bottle for an expiration date, so you know it will last a while. I also put a cup of peroxide in my colored laundry load. Tough laundry stains are lifted if I saturate the stain with peroxide and let it sit for 20 minutes or so. If some stain remains, re-do. I've lifted blood stains and raspberry stains as well.
V. in Lake Barrington IL
I worked with a manager who frequently spilled his coffee on the carpet in his truck, and he swore by Windex®. He kept paper towels (to blot with) and a bottle of Windex® in his truck. He said that it worked better than any "carpet" product.
Cleaning Coffee Stains on Carpeting with Hydrogen Peroxide and Dawn®
Try mixing one cup of hydrogen peroxide with a small squirt of Dawn® Put this in a spray bottle and spray on the stain. Let this sit a few minutes and rub. Test it on a spot of carpet that is out of the way first to make sure it does not hurt the color. I use this all the time on carpets and laundry. Just be sure to test first.
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