Removing Coffee Stains From Carpet

There’s something wonderful about waking up to the smell of a strong cup of coffee. But what you don’t love is the occasional stain that ensues.

Removing coffee stains from carpet can be tricky because often a coffee spill creates what is known as a combination stain. Plain coffee has tannins that cause stains similar to a tea or wine spill. However, if you add cream or milk to the coffee, you also have to deal with a protein stain as well. The key to any type of stain removal is to act quickly. The faster you can treat the spill, the better your odds are at removing the stain.

So how do you remove the coffee stains? Here are some tips to help clear up the stain and avoid having to live with filthy looking carpet.


As quickly as you can, try to blot up any coffee with a clean paper towel. Start from the outside of the stain and work your way inwards, this reduces the risk of spreading the stain further. Remember never to rub the area or you’ll wind up helping the stain to spread further.


Make your own stain remover by mixing distilled white vinegar, cold water and a bit of powdered laundry detergent. Mix all three until it makes a little paste, the same consistency as toothpaste. Gently spread the paste on both sides of the fabric and let it sit for about five minutes. Blot in between applications with a dry cloth. Continue this until the stain is gone.


Using a toothbrush or other gentle brush, scrub both sides of the fabric with simple, circular motions, and then rinse with cold water.

Do Not Rub

Under no circumstances must you rub the carpet to try and remove the spill. This pushes the coffee stains further into the carpet fibers. If you must rub in some cleaning solution, then rub the fibers between your fingers and avoid applying pressure.

If All Else Fails

Sometimes, stains are easy to clean up, but occasionally they are stubborn. If your stain seems to have a mind of its own, don’t spend hours trying to restore it back to its natural state. Instead, contact us ( Action Flooring Carpet Cleaning in Omaha) the carpet cleaning professionals, to do it for you!

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