Take heart. Dealing with coffee stains on carpets is not impossible. It is actually easier than you might think, using easily available ingredients that any household carries. Just remember that the sooner you deal with the stain, the easier it will be to remove. If the stain is still wet, the better chances you have of effectively removing it.
Of course, you can always use commercial carpet cleaners to deal with coffee stains. A number of them available in the market are specially formulated to deal with coffee stains, among other things. If you do use a commercial carpet cleaner, make sure that you use one that is compatible with the type of carpet that you have. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and be sure follow safety precautions. In general, it is recommended that you first moisten the area with cold water before using the carpet cleaner.
If you are dealing with a fresh stain, you might want to try the following DIY carpet cleaning solution for dealing with coffee stains first. You might be surprised at how effective this strategy is in removing coffee stains from your carpet, and you won’t even have to spend money to buy commercial carpet cleaners. You will simply be making use of materials and ingredients that you can usually find at home.
You can use some basic household ingredients to create a natural coffee stain remover. To clean a coffee stain from a carpet, you would need the following:
- Liquid dish soap or a mild detergent
- White vinegar
- Warm water
- Baking soda
Mix the first three ingredients. Then, you can either use a clean cloth or a spray bottle to apply the mixture to the stain. Try not to rub the cleaning solution into the carpet, otherwise you will only succeed in driving the stain deeper into the fibers of your carpet.
After you have applied the cleaning mixture to the stain, use paper towels or another clean, dry cloth to blot out the solution. Again, refrain from rubbing the mixture into the carpet.
Keep doing the same application and blotting process until you manage to lift the stain out of the carpet completely. Then to finish things off, use a sponge to apply cold water, and then blot the carpet dry. In the alternative, you can try sprinkling some baking soda on top of the cleaned portion of the carpet. Within a few minutes, the baking soda will absorb the extra moisture, allowing your carpet to dry faster.
To finish things off, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda.
Whether you use the DIY cleaning solution or a commercially available carpet cleaner, never forget to test the cleaning solution first. Always test the cleaning solution on a small, discreet corner of your carpet. This way, you can catch any adverse reaction such as any streaking or discoloration before you begin pouring the cleaner on a significant area of your carpet.