It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, and for once you have time to sit down and really enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Yes, you have a list of chores as long as your arm that you expect to get done today, but in this moment, coffee comes first. You fill your cup with the steaming black liquid and add a generous dash of ketogenic Omega PowerCreamer Original Blend. You stir, you sniff, you sit, you sip. That’s when it happens. The dog leaps against your knees and jostles your elbow joyously and mightily. One of those lovely carpet coffee stains.
A perfectly-formed wave of coffee splashes out of your cup, scalding your hand and spreading in a dark, ugly stain on the white carpet beside your chair. You want to cry—partly over your hand, partly over that huge splash of coffee that was just wasted, and mainly over the new stain on your carpet that you know will take many days and multiple scrubbings to get out.
Or maybe it won’t. Coffee is one of the most common and unsightly causes of carpet stains, but there are plenty of home remedies and commercial cleaners available to get them out. Here are a few tips on how to get coffee stains out of carpet.
Home Remedies for Coffee Stain Removal
If you don’t have a carpet cleaning solution, don’t panic. You may have the ingredients to mix up your own. Here are some home remedies that can work wonders on a coffee stain.
Home Remedy #1 Gentle Solution
- First, soak up as much of the liquid as you can with an absorbent cloth or paper towel. Don’t rub it, as this will only work the coffee more deeply into your carpet. Just blot the liquid up with gentle pressure.
- Next, mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap into 2 cups of warm. Apply a small amount of mixture to the stain with a white cloth (a darker cloth may contribute to the stain by rubbing off some of its color), allow it to soak in, and then pat it dry. Repeat several times until the stain is gone.
- Finally, blot the area with cold water to rinse out any remaining solution and dry with gentle pressure.
Home Remedy #2 Detergent Solution
- Again, begin by blotting up as much liquid as possible with an absorbent cloth or paper towel. Then dampen the stain with warm water (not hot, as this may set the stain) and blot again with a dry cloth or paper towel.
- If just water does not do the trick, combine ¼ teaspoon of a mild carpet shampoo, or any mild, colorless detergent, with 2 cups of warm water. Test the mixture on a hidden part of the carpet to be sure it doesn’t result in further discoloration. If you notice a problem, immediately rinse with cold water and blot dry.
- Dip a white cloth in the detergent mixture and apply to the carpet stain. Then using your fingers, or the back of a spoon, gently massage the area. Be careful not to massage too thoroughly, as this can damage carpet fibers.
- Remove the wet cloth and blot the area dry. Repeat as necessary.
- Finally use a sponge to gently rinse area with cold water to remove any remaining detergent so that it won’t attract dirt. Place a clean, dry cloth over the damp spot, place a plastic bag over the cloth, and finish up with a heavy book to place pressure on the area. Leave overnight to dry completely.
Home Remedy #3 Dry Solution
- This solution only works on fresh stains. Mix equal part of baking soda and cornstarch. Sprinkle over the stain and let absorb for several minutes. Vacuum. Repeat as necessary.
Home Remedy #4 Old Stains Solution
- For older stains, you will need a tougher solution. Be careful that you don’t damage your carpet with this remedy. It is best to do a patch test on some out-of-the way part of the carpet.
- Combine equal parts baking soda and white vinegar. Mixture will froth and become a thick paste. Add warm water until it is thinner and runnier. Gently apply with an old toothbrush or sponge.
- Let the mixture dry thoroughly before vacuuming away.
If these home remedies don’t work to remove your coffee stain, it may be time to pull out the commercial carpet cleaners.
Commercial Products for Coffee Stain Removal
If the coffee stains get too out of hand, having your carpet professionally cleaned is certainly an option. However, there are a few commercial products you may wish to try in the meantime.
Carpet shampoo is one of the most common and economical forms of cleaning, and you should be able to apply it yourself. The shampoo is generally applied to the carpet as a foam, which will attach itself to the dirt molecules staining your carpet. The foam is then allowed to dry. Once it has dried, you can vacuum it up, hopefully taking any stains with it.
Be aware that some carpet shampoos contain strong chemicals which may damage your carpet. It’s best to test the shampoo on a small, hidden part of the carpet before applying it elsewhere.
Steam cleaning is a more involved method of carpet cleaning that may require a professional. However, if you feel you know your stuff well enough to take care of it yourself, steam cleaners are available for sale and rent.
These machines force hot water mixed with detergent into the carpet with a large amount of pressure, forcing dirt molecules to loosen and killing bacteria, fungus and allergens. The water is then sucked out of the carpet and the carpet is allowed to dry.
For one little coffee stain, steam cleaning may be a bit much, but if the carpets needed a deep cleaning anyway, this may be the way to go.
Losing even a few drops of precious coffee and Omega PowerCreamer Original Blend is a tragedy some mornings; no one’s arguing with that, but hopefully these carpet-cleaning remedies will save you a few tears next time a coffee splash threatens to become one of those stubborn carpet coffee stains.