Almost everybody sooner or later stains their clothes or their carpets with coffee. Removing coffee stains is not particularly difficult, provided you use the right solution for the material in question. Here are some “granny’s remedies” for eliminating coffee stains.
How to remove coffee stains from fabric or objects
Generally speaking, it is better not to rub a coffee stain, otherwise it only expands. More specifically, let’s look at the methods for stain removal according to the materials stained:
1. Coffee stains on cotton and jeans
This is the material which coffee stains stain best!
If the stain has only just happened, take off the garment, place it in a bowl and pour boiling water onto it from above.
But if the stain is an old one, firstly dab with glycerine and then with alcohol and ammoniac. Once the stain is removed, wash the garment normally.
2. Coffee stains on artificial fabrics
On robust garments, try with a normal fabric degreaser, or else with dry glycerine. Finish with a normal wash.
3. Delicate fabrics: silks and coloureds stained by coffee
For particularly delicate garments, such as silks or coloureds, leave to soak overnight in a basin of hot water and two cups of apple vinegar. Next day, rinse with cold water: the stain should have vanished.
4. Delicate fabrics: wool
If the stain is fresh and has not yet penetrated inside the wool fibres, you can use mineral water. Otherwise, swab with glycerine to bleach the stain, and then proceed with a solution of tepid water and a little ammoniac.
Dab with mineral water as soon as possible and then, without laying it out on a surface, treat the velvet’s reverse side with a steam iron to raise the pile.
Rub gently with mineral water, then dry with a clean cloth and finally polish with a neutral colourless product.
7. Furs with coffee stains
All that can be done with fur garments or elements is to clean with mineral water and dry with a cloth… preferably linen.
Decolour the stain with glycerine, then rub delicately with hot water and a few drops of ammoniac.
9. A Coffee-stained Mattress
Breakfast in bed is just great… until some coffee spills onto the mattress! In these cases, the coffee stain can be removed with a simple and natural solution. Just mix the following ingredients in a bowl: 4 glassfuls of boiling water, 2 tablespoons of grated Marseille soap, 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate and 1 tumbler of white vinegar… and then pour the mixture into a spray container. At this point, run a cotton swab dipped in glycerine over the stain, leave it to act for 15 minutes, and then spray the solution you have prepared, rubbing with a moist cloth if necessary.
10. Cups with coffee stains
After repeated use, even cups can show coffee stains. In this case, leave them to soak overnight in a bowl with 1 or 2 glasses of bleach and 2 litres of water.
What not to use for removing coffee stains
If you trawl the web, you’ll find blogs advising you to use egg yolk or lemon to remove coffee stains. Our experience tells us not to recommend these methods, but to stick to more “traditional” solutions like glycerine, ammoniac and apple vinegar. And if the stain is fresh, boiling water poured directly onto the stain is the simplest solution.
We hope this guide will have helped you, and… best of luck for removing those coffee stains!