Considered a staple and often brewed throughout the day in many homes, coffee is an important drink to a lot of people. It helps rejuvenate the senses, increase energy, and improve mood. As the daylight hours grow shorter and the cooler temperatures set in, coffee becomes the beverage of choice, even more so. With so many flavors and additions, coffee’s versatility becomes someone’s perfect heaven. But with the coffee refills and puttering around the house, the risk of that coffee coming into contact with your carpet is fairly high. Being that coffee is one of the hardest stains to remove, your chances of dissolving the stain are higher if you treat it as soon as it happens. Considering that, we at Tough Carpet Cleaning would like to offer some steps on how to remove it and additional advice while treating your coffee stain.
Coffee Stain Remover from Carpet
1) Remove excess liquid as quickly as you can. Remember removing coffee stains, like other stains, are more successful as soon as they occur, the longer it sits, the harder it will be. Once the coffees are spilt, save the vulgarity and the tantrum for later and reach for dry cloth or a handful of paper towels and immediately begin blotting the stain. Be sure to start on the exterior of the stain and work your way towards the center. Doing so will minimize spreading. In the event the coffee stain has dried, dampen it with warm water and blot until the excess moisture is removed.
2) Solution application. For those that don’t keep carpet stain remover on hand, combine 1 tsp of liquid dish soap, 1 tsp of white vinegar, and 2 cups warm water (do not use hot) in your preferred container. Sponge the solution on the stain lightly and use a 2nd cloth to blot; depending on the stain, may require additional cloths, as soon as one becomes too moist, reach for a dry one. Be sure to blot the excess moisture before reapplying the solution to avoid over saturation. Repeat until stain is gone.
3) Avoid any scrubbing or rubbing during treatment. When treating carpet stains, we found too often people would attack the stain out of frustration or other emotional motivations, but whatever you do; avoid scrubbing and rubbing the stain, especially with vigor. That technique will result in spreading out the stain and pushing it more into the fibers. If you are attempting to work the solution into the carpet fibers, use your fingers and minimal pressure.
4) Additional treatment if the stain persists. Coffee stains are indeed a challenge to remove, and during attempts if you find they are simply lightening, grab the baking soda and add small quantities of water to form a paste, like toothpaste consistency. Following the application of the paste, allow it to completely dry and vacuum; stain and crust should be gone.