Removing Coffee Stains from Your Carpet
It’s probably happened to everyone – spilling your coffee by accident on your table, laptop, or your carpet.
Even though it can be very annoying, cleaning it up doesn’t need to be overly complicated or impossible, despite how persistent the stains are.
Experts at Hudson House Cleaning suggest some of the tried and tested methods that their cleaners use all the time. Most of these do not require too much skill, just a bit of knowledge and things you already have in your home.
The stain will be a lot easier to remove if you start as soon as the coffee is spilled. This way, you’re not letting it spread or dry, which will make your job that much easier.
What’s more, you are more likely to get it out completely and only using the simplest and the least aggressive products to do it.
Naturally, the effectiveness of the cleaning attempt will vary depending on the material your carpet is made of, as well as the length of the fibers in your carpet, but the principle is always the same.
The first thing you need to do is remove all of the liquid to prevent the stain from spreading.
Take a cloth or a paper towel and blot the stain from the outside inwards. In this way, even if there is excess liquid, you can still ensure that the stain does not spread.
Pour some cold water onto the stain and keep blotting it until the stain is removed. Naturally, you won’t be able to get rid of it in this way because of the nature of the coffee, but you will give yourself a good head start, just in time for the next step.
The Cleaning Solution
Next, you need to prepare your cleaning solution. If you do not have a store-bought carpet cleaner for coffee (and why would you unless these mishaps happen to you all the time), you can easily make your own.
All you need is a bit of dish soap and some white vinegar. One spoon of vinegar and two spoons of dish soap mixed in with 2 cups of cold water creates an effective, yet not overly strong carpet cleaner.
It will not damage your carpet, but it will take the stains out.
Applying the Cleaner
Just like with water, you want to put some of the cleaner you just made onto the stain and blot it out with a dry cloth. Make sure that the cloth is white because it is possible that the color of the cloth may transfer onto the carpet, and that is certainly not what you want.
Blotting may be tedious and may seem less effective than scrubbing, but it is essential to properly clean the carpet without damaging it.
Scrubbing can actually do more harm than good, by damaging the carpet’s fibers, but also by pushing the coffee further into the carpet, making it that much harder to remove.
What to Do with Old Coffee Stains
Old coffee stains which you have made your peace with can also be removed with this method.
It will, though, take a longer time. You will likely need to wet the stain and let the water interact with the stain before you start, but the principle is the same. Wetting, blotting and repeating.
Fresh coffee stains can be removed in just a few repetitions, whereas old ones will take several steps to completely remove.
Professional cleaning services have been using these tips for a really long time because it is effective and doesn’t damage the carpet. Now you can try this home remedy yourself, or hire professionals to do it for you.