How to Remove Coffee Stains
Many rely on coffee as their early morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up, but the real wakeup call comes when the coffee spills and splatters everywhere.
Whether it has happened on your freshly dry-cleaned shirt as you're rushing out the door, on the living room couch while you're settling in with a book, or on your car's upholstery and carpet after you've slammed on your brakes, cleaning a coffee stain after a spill doesn't have to be cause for alarm.
As long as you try and treat the stain as soon as possible, and use Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner to help remove it, what could have been a stain nightmare comes out in just a few quick and easy steps.
Fabric & Clothing
- Blot away any excess coffee. Use paper towels to blot and absorb leftover coffee. Do not rub the spot.
- Rinse the spot from the back. Wetting the area will dilute the coffee and make it easier for the Simple Green to penetrate the stain. Rinsing it from the back will push the coffee back out the way it came in, so as not to push it further into the fabric.
- Apply full strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. Allow the cleaner to soak into the stain for 1-2 minutes.
- Rinse. Again, rinse the back of the stained area with cold water.
- Wash as normal. Be sure to wash in cold water. Hang or air-dry the item if possible.
- Check the stain. Only tumble dry or iron if the stain is entirely gone.
- Repeat if necessary.
Upholstery & Carpet
- Blot away any excess coffee. Use paper towels to absorb leftover coffee. Do not rub the spot, as this will push the stain further into the surface and potentially spread it.
- Wet the stained area with water and continue blotting. Keeping the area wet will dilute the coffee and make it easier for the stain remover to penetrate the stain.
- Apply full strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. Allow the cleaner to soak into the stain for 1-2 minutes. This will allow it to break down the coffee stain.
- Blot the stained area with a damp towel or absorbent cloth. Blot the area with a clean, damp cloth.
- Allow the area to air-dry. Keep carpet or upholstery from being used until the affected area is completely dry.
- Repeat if necessary.
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