How To Remove Coffee Stains
Fashion is a part of coffee culture in one way or the other, but that delicious cup of coffee doesn’t look so appealing anymore now that it’s all over your clothes.
There are lots of great coffee blogs out there, but it can be hard to find information about treating coffee stains. Here are some useful things to know.
How to Remove Coffee Stains from Fabric
Synthetic fabrics are generally more durable, but not always as resilient. They may also become permanently discolored and lose shape or structure when not treated in time. Here’s what to do:
- 1Blot the coffee from synthetic fabric as you would from cotton.
- 2Wash the clothing with your regular load of laundry as soon as possible.
- 3Allow to soak for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
- 4Dab the fabric using a damp sponge with rubbing alcohol.
- 5Remove the leftover coffee.
- 6Wash the fabric as normal.
Coffee is a bit easier to remove from cotton rather than synthetic fabric. Cotton is denser and tends to dry slower. Tough stains will take some extra work. Here’s how to treat tough stains:
- 1Pour liquid fabric detergent or stain treatment and saturate the affected stain area.
- 2Immerse the fabric in one quart of warm water, ½ teaspoon dish detergent, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.
- 3Repeat the process until the fabric is clean.
Give Greater Attention to Dry Coffee Stains
It’s not impossible to save your clothing from permanent stains after any coffee spilled on you has dried. Follow the following treatment steps:
- 1Directly apply non-bleaching, regular liquid laundry detergent or non-bleaching fabric stain treatment onto the affected area. Liquid dish soap will also help when used in place of fabric detergent or stain treatment if nothing more specifically formulated is available to use.
- 2Fully penetrate the fabric with liquid laundry detergent, stain treatment or liquid dish soap.
- 3Rub gently before allowing it to sit for a few hours or overnight. Alternatively, soak the clothing in cold water after treating the area. This is a faster but less effective way of removing dry coffee from fabric.
- 4Keep the fabric wet then wash it in cold water.
- 5Repeat until clean.
Coffee Stain Hacks
Typical coffee stains are relatively easy to treat but for worst-case scenarios, it takes a bit more work. Here are some other ideas when simple or repeated processes don’t work:
- 1Sprinkle salt over the stain to keep it from spreading. Rub salt onto the fabric with a dry cloth.
- 2The same thing may be done using baking soda by rubbing it into the fabric with a damp cloth.
- 3White vinegar may also be dropped directly onto the stain and blotted with dry paper towels.
- 4Baby powder will prevent coffee stains from spreading. Generously dust the affected area and allow the powder to sit for several minutes before brushing it off with a dry cloth.
Basic DIY Stain Solution Recipe
- 1Use 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts cool water.
- 2Alternatively, use 2 parts vinegar and 2 parts cool water.
- 3Add 1 tablespoon of soap to each cup of water.
How to Treat Coffee Mug Stains
Coffee mugs and containers get dingy after habitual use. They may also hold stains anytime when used with dark or especially strong brews.
There are several easy ways to get your drinkware sparkling clean again. You will need a microfiber cloth and either baking soda or lemon.
Here’s the baking soda process:
- 1Place 2 tablespoons of baking soda on stained fabric or in stained containers.
- 2Use soda with enough water to make a paste.
- 3Rub the paste around with a cloth.
- 4Rinse and repeat until the surface is clean.
For use with lemon:
- 1Rub ¼ lemon on the stain.
- 2Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- 3Rub lemon juice off with a dry cloth.
How to Remove Coffee Stains from Teeth
Hydrogen peroxide is an effective solution for yellowed teeth as a result of regular coffee drinking as this produces oxygen and replenishes a naturally white appearance.
- 1Use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on a toothbrush.
- 2Dip the brush into baking soda.
- 3Gently brush your teeth with the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture
As an Intensive Treatment:
- 1Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to form a paste.
- 215 to 20 minutes should do the trick.
- 3Use a gentle scrubbing action with the toothbrush.
- 4Remove the treatment by brushing it off with a toothbrush.
- 5Repeat daily for up to 3 weeks to see results.
It’s impossible to avoid coffee stains completely if you happen to be a coffee drinker. Having a DIY coffee stain solution on hand will help to minimize stains if you treat them in time.