Removing Coffee Stains from Carpeting
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated March 29, 2021)
Have you ever noticed how prevalent coffee really is in our world? Just about everywhere you turn you can see the stuff. It is so prevalent in our world that you can't seem to go a mile in just about any direction without running into someone who is drinking it. That being said, it only makes sense that there are going to be a whole lot of coffee stains that come from this popular beverage. Since carpet is one of the more common flooring options, it only makes sense that the majority of these stains will be found on carpeting. Luckily, removing coffee stains from carpeting is really simple. Here's how.
- Carpet cleaners. Go to just about any local department store or home improvement store, and you can find carpet and rug cleaners for rent. Simply rent a machine, follow the directions, and you should have no problem removing any coffee stains that you find yourself faced with. Since this method is particularly cumbersome though you should only use it when you are faced with either a particularly large stain, or you would like to clean your entire carpet.
- TSP. TSP, also known as trisodium phosphate, is a particularly effective heavy duty cleaner that you can use. Keep in mind thought that since this is such a heavy duty cleaner, and since it will cut through just about anything, you need to be careful when you use it. Be sure that you carefully follow the instructions on the back of the package when using it. Where possible, use the mildest version that you can mix or find, particularly when you are using it on any carpeting. If at all possible be sure to test it out in an inconspicuous location to ensure that you do not damage your carpet in any way. Remember to wear your rubber gloves when you use this cleaner since it can dry out your hands.
- Vinegar. White vinegar can actually help remove many different kinds of stains, coffee included. However, since vinegar can often be a particularly strong cleaner, you need to be careful when you use it. Never use straight vinegar when working with carpeting, since it could cause the color to fade. This means that you should always mix the vinegar with water, and try to make it as diluted as possible to begin with. Generally speaking, 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water is a good mixture. Test the mixture out on an inconspicuous, or easily hidden, part of your carpeting before cleaning any particularly noticeable spots.
- Mild dish soap. Mild dish soap can help get many different stains out of your carpet, and coffee stains should be no problem either. Simply place a small amount (no bigger than the size of a dime) on a towel, sponge, or washcloth, and then get it damp. Gently, begin to rub out the stain. As needed, be sure that you rinse out the sponge, towel, or washcloth. Repeat as necessary until the stain has been removed.
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