Stains from coffee on light colored carpet can be a nightmare! Coffee stains can leave a brown, and often sticky, reminder on your carpet. Old coffee stains can permanently change the appearance of your carpet and leave an odor behind too. No matter how careful you are, accidents are bound to happen. If you ignore a coffee stain it will quickly become ugly and possibly permanent.
Steps to Remove Coffee Stains from Carpet
– You need to act quickly to have success at removing any stain. The longer you leave it the worse it becomes because as time passes, the spill will penetrate the carpet fibers. When this happens, you will need professionals to come in and it might even become impossible to remove.
– Stay calm, don’t panic and grab a clean towel. Don’t use a paper towel because paper towels will start breaking down and just make a mess. Using a cloth towel will absorb the spill and it won’t turn into a mess of soggy pieces.
– Don’t rub. Rather, blot. If you rub a spill, you can cause damage to the carpet fibers. You should always blot a spill by pressing down on the spill with a towel. Rubbing may remove the stain but can leave a damaged area behind. Always blot from the outside in and if the stain is smaller, just cover the whole spill with the towel. Use additional towels if you need and keep blotting until all the liquid is absorbed.
– Use white vinegar. When carpets are dyed it’s done with an acidic dye system. Coffee is an acidic coloring and will dye your carpet and means that detergent based cleaners won’t be able to remove the color because it’s been chemically bound to the carpet. You will need a chemical reaction to remove the color from the coffee. White vinegar is a stronger acidic liquid than coffee and will bind to the carpet fibers when it’s applied. This will break up the coffee color. You can pour the white vinegar solution on the coffee stain or use a spray bottle and let the reaction work for about 20 minutes. Then blot with a clean towel and repeat the process as much as you need to.
– You can try baking soda on the top of the spill to absorb any excess moisture. Sprinkle the baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use a vacuum cleaner to remove it from the area you’ve cleaned.
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Coffee stains are notorious for spreading when you’re trying to remove them. The type of coffee you use will determine how much time and effort it will take to remove it. If you have tried three times without success, you need to call in the professionals. Give yourself a pat on the back for trying because your efforts will most likely make it easier for them to get the stain out. Contact DM Carpet Cleaning. We have the experience needed to tackle any stain!