Coffee is the world’s favorite beverage. In fact, according to National Coffee Association, 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink 3.1 cups of coffee a day. Java lovers spend approximately $40 billion dollars a year drinking what many refer to as their liquid gold.
If you’re a coffee drinker, then I’m sure you already know the perils of multitasking, or just trying to balance multiple things with a hot cup of coffee in your hands. Spills happen; but stains don’t have to! The following three steps will help you get rid of coffee stains forever.
A Word of Caution
While liquid detergent and white vinegar are fairly mild, it is still a good idea to test the solution somewhere inconspicuous, prior to proceeding. Be sure to wait a few minutes before assessing the results. If the solution seems to be making the situation worse, try removing it immediately using cold water and a clean cloth. If all else fails, contact a professional carpet cleaning company, who can come out and assist you.
Three Easy Steps for the Removal of Coffee Stains
Step #1: Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent (Dawn works great) with one tablespoon white vinegar and two cups of water. The detergent works to dissolve the stain and the vinegar works to dislodge the coffee from the fibers of your carpet.
Step #2: Dampen a clean, non-patterned, cotton cloth in the solution and proceed to gently blotting the stain. Do not rub the stain as this can cause it to spread. Start by blotting the perimeter of the stain and then work your way gradually to its center. Re-moisten the cloth as needed.
Step #3: To absorb the detergent and vinegar mixture, gently blot the affected area with cold water, making sure to use a new cloth. Blot dry with non-patterned paper towels. Repeat process until you receive optimal results (if necessary).