Oh no, you’ve split your coffee and are rushing out the door. Instead of scrubbing furiously with a wet washcloth, here arre a few tips on how to get rid of coffee stains – whether spilt on your shirt, car seat, the couch or carpet these foolproof methods can help save the day.
If you have just spilt coffee immediately run cold water through the stain to dilute it. Don’t scrub, as this will only damage the material. Running warm water through a fresh stain will wash the coffee out in a minute or two. If that doesn’t work try one of these methods…
Pour a little neat double strength white vinegar on the stain and blot, once the stain lifts, wash with warm water.
If that doesn’t work try glycerine which you can buy from your chemist or supermarket – rub a little on the stain, leave for about 30 minutes and rub off. Then wash.
For dried coffee stains, you’ll need water, clean cloths or paper towels, liquid laundry detergent, and white vinegar in tough cases. If your clothing has a dried coffee stain, wet the stained area, and apply a few drops of laundry detergent while gently rubbing the stain with your fingers. Let the solution sit for five minutes, then rinse.
If the stain is still there, repeat this process by mixing a few drops of white vinegar with powdered laundry detergent until they make a paste. Gently rub the mixture into the stain with a soft-bristled toothbrush and let it sit for five more minutes before rinsing.
Carpet: Combine one tablespoon each of liquid dish soap and vinegar with two cups of water. Pour the mixture on the stained area and dry it with a fan or blow dryer.
Wooden surfaces: Pour one teaspoon of white vinegar over the stain, let it sit for two minutes, and clear the area with a paper towel.
Jeans: Sprinkle one teaspoon of baking soda onto a wet cloth and gently rub it over the stained area.
Upholstery: Mix two cups of water with 1/4 cup of lemon juice or 1/3 cup of white vinegar. Blot the mixture into the stained surface and rinse with cold water.