Did you spill your large mug of black coffee on that beautiful white carpet you take so much pride in?
Fear not. With timely and proper cleaning, you can remove new and old coffee stains from most types of carpets by following a few simple steps.
How to get coffee out of carpet – a step by step guide
As with most other spills and stains (with the exception of mud which is better left to dry before removal), a coffee stain on the carpet needs to be cleaned as soon as possible for the best results.
Remove as much excess liquid as possible
If you just spilled your coffee on the carpet, then act as quickly as possible to remove any excess coffee. Use a colorfast or white clean towel or absorbent paper towels to blot the stain carefully. Continue blotting it with a clean towel until you can see no more transfer of coffee on it.
Remember always to use a clean white or a colorfast cloth when cleaning your carpets or upholstery in order to prevent the transfer of dye from the fabric to the carpet!
Then you can mist it with some water or use a damp cloth to continue blotting it.
Whatever you do, do not rub the coffee around because you will not only work it deeper into the fibers but also risk making the stain even larger. Instead, try blotting the stain from the outer side to the middle.
Make and apply a cleaning solution
Create a DIY cleaning solution by mixing two cups of warm water, a tablespoon of vinegar, and a tablespoon of mild dishwashing detergent in a bowl.
Remember that before applying any new cleaning solution on your carpet, you should perform a spot test on a hidden small area to watch for any negative effects.
Apply the cleaning solution by blotting a dampened cloth on the stain, following the instructions from the previous step. Move from the end towards the middle of the stain and keep blotting until the stain disappears.
Rinse the stain with cold water
Dampen a clean cloth in water and apply it to the cleaned area by blotting and dabbing it, and again do not rub it.
Let the carpet dry
Either place a pile of paper towels pressed by a heavy object on the stain, or open the windows and turn the ventilation up to ensure that the carpet dries completely before you proceed to place furniture back on it or to step on it.
Removing old coffee stains from a carpet
While it is more challenging, it is still possible to completely remove old coffee stains from a carpet or rug.
In order to dilute the coffee and soften the stain use a cloth dampened in warm water to gently blot the area where the old stain is. This will hopefully help loosen up the coffee stuck on the fibers of your carpet.
After it has become loose, you can proceed to clean the coffee stain by following the exact same steps as described above.
What about removing stains from coffee with sugar or cream?
If you spilled your latte or other coffee with cream, milk, or sugar, then it is recommended that you mix some warm water with a capful of an enzyme laundry detergent. Mix them well, and then use a new clean cloth to work it into the stain, and hopefully to break down the enzymes of the milk or cream and the stickiness of the sugar.
Then use a cloth dampened in clean water to rinse it off.
Then you can proceed to clean the stain as described above with the DIY home remedy cleaning solution.
Let the carpet dry completely before placing any furniture on top of the stain or walking on the treated area.