How to Remove a Coffee Stain

A coffee stain on carpet.
What You'll Need
Laundry/ Dishwashing Detergent
Clean water
White Vinegar
Baking Soda
Clean Terry Cloth

A coffee stain doesn't necessarily mean it's time to say goodbye to your carpet or favorite sweater. Coffee stains can actually be removed relatively easily using the following methods.

Clothing Stains

Clothing stains can be removed much more easily if not allowed to dry.

Step 1 - Blot

Blot the stain with a clean cloth to remove any excess liquid.

Step 2 - Sponge

Mix a teaspoon of a good dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn, with a cup of lukewarm water. Sponge the area with the dishwashing solution, then blot again with your clean white cloth.

Step 3 - Use Vinegar

Next, mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of lukewarm water. Once again sponge the area with this solution, and blot again with a clean white cloth.

Step 4 - Rinse

Rinse with clean water, and launder as soon as possible, following the care label instructions.

Carpet Stains

Carpeting can be cleaned using the following method.

Step 1 - Use Detergent

Mix one teaspoon of a mild PH-balanced detergent (a mild non-alkaline, non-bleaching detergent) with a cup of lukewarm water. Blot the area.

Step 2 - Use Vinegar

Mix 1/3 cup of white household vinegar with 2/3 cup of water and blot again.

Step 3 - Use a Sponge

Use a sponge and clean water to blot again.

Expert Tips

Baking soda is really good for most stains and works well for Coffee Stains. If you don't have baking soda you can use white toothpaste. Just rub the soda or the toothpaste onto the stain and leave for about five minutes then rinse thoroughly. For particularly stubborn stains, add laundry detergent to the mix. Repeat process if necessary.

Note: Always test an inconspicuous area for colorfastness before treating the exposed area.