Coffee stains - how to get them out of your carpet?
Coffee, a favorite wake-me-up beverage for many people. Particularly tired parents of young children, or busy people. Regardless of who you are, or how tired you may be, accidents will and do happen.
When you spill your cup o’ Joe on your carpet, especially if it’s light coloured carpet, it’s definitely not going to make your day, but here are some tips that will make it easier.
Fresh stains are the easiest to deal with, so once you spill, be sure to deal with it right away, even if you have screaming toddlers vying for your attention, you’ll want to at least blot it and then try to deal with it as soon as you can.
Of course, nothing beats just getting a professional carpet cleaning company to come in and deal with the stains for you, but how realistic would it be to call a professional every time you get a small stain?
So, let’s give you some practical, do-it-yourself steps that you can take to at least minimize the stains as best you can until you can get the pros to come in. (Which, by the way, you should do every 6 months or so anyway)
1. Blot out as much liquid as you can. The key is to BLOT, not rub, as this can make it worse. Grab a paper towel or towel and absorb as much as you can.
2. Dilute the stain by pouring a very tiny amount of cold water on top of the stain. You definitely don’t want to soak the carpet here, the goal is just to dilute the coffee. Take a fresh towel and blot the remaining moisture up. Repeat steps 1 and 2 a few times if needed to get most of the stain out.
3. If water doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to go a step further; applying some stain remover. Be sure to test it on an inconspicuous spot of carpet before you apply in case it discolours your carpets.
Once you determine the stain remover is safe for your carpets, spray a little over the stain. Be sure not to soak it. Rinse with water and then try to blot out the remaining liquid with a fresh towel.
4. Let the carpet dry out completely. Turn on some fans to get it dry as quickly as possible. The last thing you want is some mold or mildew growing as a result of moisture staying in the carpet.
5. Vacuum after the carpet is dry
Now, there are some other methods that you could try if the stain remover in step 3 doesn’t work:
For wool carpets (or wool blends):
Put a few drops of dishwashing detergent with a cup of water. Mix then dab your towel in and sponge over the stain on the carpet. Let it sit for a few minutes before you try to blot out the remaining liquid
For Non-wool carpets:
Try mixing 1 Tbs of ammonia with 1 cup of water. Again, be sure to test this on an unnoticeable piece of carpet just to ensure discolouration doesn’t occur. After about 20 minutes, if the test patch doesn’t change, then go ahead and sponge the mixture into the stain.
Let the solution sit for a few minutes, then take 2 towels and alternate between drying and blotting with plain water until the solution is rinsed out of the carpet
The above solutions all work well if the coffee you spilled was just pure black coffee. But, what if you had creamer and sugar in there?! Don’t worry, here are some tips that can help with that too!
Instead of using any kind of generic carpet stain remover in step 3 above, be sure to get one that is an enzyme based stain remover. The reason you want to do this is because there is protein in cream and that could cause odors and bacteria. Pet stain removers work remarkably well too.
If you’re worried about some toxic chemicals that might be in some stain removers, here are some alternative/natural solutions you could try instead:
1. Lemon Juice mixed with water. Lemon acts as a bleaching agent on it’s own and it’s great at removing stains from clothes, upholstery and carpets. In fact, it’s such a great bleaching agent, that you should probably only use it if you have white carpets. Squeeze about a quarter cups’ worth of juice mixed with 2 cups of warm water. Pour it into a spray bottle and spritz onto the stain in your carpet.
2. Club soda poured into a spray bottle and lightly sprayed on the stain, is another alternative
3. Dishwashing detergent (1 Tbs) mixed with Vinegar (1 Tbs) with 2 cups of warm water, poured into a spray bottle, is also an effective alternative
4. Beer might seem like a strange alternative, but it does work on coffee stains! Try pouring a small amount on top of the stain (remember, not to soak it!) then gently blot until the stains are gone
Now, we know coffee smells great in a cup, but it definitely doesn’t smell good when it’s left in your carpets. Especially if you added creamer to it. So break out the good ol’ baking soda and make it work for you!
Be sure to vacuum the stained spot after it’s dry to remove any other dirt. Then pour some baking soda on top and leave it for a couple of hours (or overnight). Baking soda is great because it will neutralize the odours and once it’s done working, all you have to do is vacuum it up!
If, after you’ve tried all the tricks above and you still find you’re left with some unsightly stains, then it’s definitely time to call in the professional carpet cleaners.
We atCarpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros have the expertise and equipment to know how to deal with all different types of carpets, and we have the knowledge to know what kinds of stain removers to use. You can also be rest assured that all products we use are non-toxic so you and your family/pets stay safe.
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