Talking from experience, there is nothing quite worse than knocking over your coffee in the morning. Not just because most of the time it happens you’ve just brewed it, but for the additional pain of noticing the stain it has left below on the floor.
Out of all the common household stains that can occur, it is coffee that is perhaps the most understood. Many people treat the stain as delicately as they would with red wine or any other deep pigment liquid – using a concoction of sugar, salt, and other condiments, scrubbing thoroughly, then being dismayed when the stain does not seem to be disappearing.
Coffee, in its most simplest terms, is just sugar, milk, and water. When you think about it this way, there are a few various household substances that become great options, and many of them are the same things you would turn to for coffee stains on clothes and upholstery. These cleaning tips use things that almost every home will have, and will get the job done perfectly.
Before we dive into how to remove coffee stains, there are a few common pitfalls that many people fall into. There are plenty of myths out there on stain removal, let alone stain removal.
Leaving the stain to dry, using a hard bristled brush, and just simply pouring plain water on the stain are all no-go’s, and will make things a whole lot worse before they get a whole lot better.
The most common and one of the most effective. Simply mix a tablespoon into two cups of warm water, and then using a clean, feltless cloth, simply dab the stain until it is removed. Be careful to not reuse the same side of the cloth, as that will get dirty relatively quickly.
This method will take around 15 minutes for the stain to be completely gone. Don’t forget to make sure that any dampness in and around the stain is dried, otherwise a cleaning stain will appear around the area.
A similar method to the one mentioned above. Add two tablespoons of white vinegar to a cup of warm water, and once again dab the stain until it is gone. The vinegar will remove the coffee stain, but the chances of it leaving a seemingly more cleaner stain than the rest of the carpet is a possibility.
An easy way to fix this is to dab the area in larger span, alternating in smaller and larger dabs with the cloth. Then, using plain warm water this time, do the same again, leaving it to dry and repeating if necessary.
Perhaps everyone’s favourite go-to cleaning product for practically anything and everything, bisoda can also be used to treat coffee stains. Saturate a cloth with cold water and a few teaspoons of bisoda, wring it out to remove excess water, and again dab or blot the stain until it is removed.
A common mistake people make with cleaning with bisoda is to drench the stain in liquid mixed with the material. This will require you to dry it completely, and does nothing else other than to add time to the cleaning process.
If the problem persists despite your best efforts, stain removal from a professional carpet cleaning company tends to be relatively affordable. What’s more, they will be able to get it done a lot quicker, owing to the high quality materials and equipment that they will have at their disposal.