50% of the U.S. population drinks coffee. The popularity of coffee results in coffee stains being a very common household problem. No matter how careful you try to be, at one point or another, you’ve likely spilled a cup of coffee leaving a stain that frequently ends up on an area of carpet. Just like with any common stain, the sooner you act, the better chance you have of completely removing it from the carpet. However, if your coffee stain has dried up already or has set in the carpet for months, don’t fret. It may take some extra work, but old stains can be removed too. Check out the following tips for removing fresh and old coffee stains from carpet using DSC’s coffee remover, Desolv. Just be sure to always test the product on an inconspicuous area before using.
Removing Fresh Coffee Stains
If you are able to get to the stain while it is still fresh, follow the steps below:
- Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel, absorbing the liquid and transferring it from the carpet to the cloth/towel until no more coffee comes up. While blotting, it is important not to rub or press too hard, as this could cause the stain to spread.
- Use sprayer to apply DSC’s coffee cleaner, Desolv, on stained area of the carpet. Work from the outside of the coffee stain in toward the center to avoid spreading the stain. Gently use tamping brush to agitate, making sure not to scrub with brush as that can damage carpet fibers.
- Allow solution to set for 2 minutes.
- Flush with water, then extract or blot dry.
Removing Old Coffee Stains
If the above process does not remove the coffee stain, chances are the stain has set too long in the carpet and will take a little extra work to completely remove. Follow the steps below for an additional method to treat the spot:
- Saturate the spot with Desolv.
- Cover the saturated spot with a white cotton or paper towel and apply steam from a steam iron for 15-20 seconds. If color transfers to the towel, flip towel to a clean area and repeat the procedure for 15-20 seconds. Be sure to keep the towel and spot wet with Desolv on each press.
- When spot is removed or no more color transfers, flush with water, then extract or blot dry.
After the coffee stain has been removed, let the area of carpet dry overnight. You may use a fan to speed this process up. Once completely dried, be sure to thoroughly vacuum the area to remove any leftover residue.
When a coffee spill occurs, it can be a scary sight as the dark stain may look like it will never come out. However, as you can see, removing coffee stains from carpeting is actually fairly simple. If you follow the steps outlined above using DSC’s coffee cleaner, Desolv, the coffee stain removal procedure will be a breeze! Want to try Desolv for yourself and watch that coffee stain disappear? Call us today to request a free sample at (231) 777-3012