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How to Get Coffee Stains Out Of Your Carpet


Knocked your coffee off the end table and spilled it on your brand new carpet? We’ve all been there, during the mad-morning rush. Coffee stain removal can be tricky, especially when you have a white carpet. Oftentimes it feels like you’ve scrubbed and scrubbed only to have the stain reappear when the carpet is dry.

But coffee stains don’t have to be permanent! It might take a little extra time and patience to fully remove, but you can return your carpet to tip-top shape. In this article, we will discuss how to get coffee stains out of carpet with a step-by-step cleaning guide and a list of recommended cleaning solutions.


Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see "Cleaning Solutions"), use damp towel, and leave 3-5 minutes.

Step 3: Blot-don't rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Apply water with damp sponge.

Step 6: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.


Cleaning Solutions to have on hand:

1. Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2. Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3. Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4. Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these carpet stain removal guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Carpet One retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25a Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

Have another stain? Check out our carpet stain removal guide.

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