You’re having a great day, and then it all goes south in an instant. Your kid spills her coffee on the new cream carpet in your living room. Your dog decides that today is the day to get into some mischief and pees on the carpet in front of your guests. No matter how big or small the stain is, it’s important to treat stains quickly before they set in and become permanent. In this article we’ll talk about how to clean up common household spills like coffee, water and juice that can make their way onto your carpets—and how to save yourself from having to replace them completely!
Take a Thick Cloth
You can also use a thick cloth to soak up the coffee. If you don’t have one lying around, try using a paper towel instead.
Soak Up the Coffee
Soak up as much of the coffee as possible with a clean cloth. Be careful not to rub too vigorously, which could cause more damage to your carpet fibers. Once you’ve gotten all you can out of the carpet, move on to Step 2.
Mix a Cleaning Solution
Now that you have a wet and dry vac, it’s time to clean the coffee stain. You’ll likely want to start with a cleaning solution.
Mixing cleaners is easy: just pour your chosen cleaner into a spray bottle or plastic container, and add water. The ratio depends on the type of cleaner you’re using, so follow their instructions if possible.
After mixing your solution, use an old sponge or cloth to apply it directly onto the stain in small circles—this will help get rid of any remaining liquid from the carpet fibers after cleaning with water first (which can leave behind an oily residue).
Apply the Cleaning Solution
Now you’re ready to apply the cleaning solution.
There are many different ways of doing this, depending on your budget and how much time you have available. If you have a spray bottle already, then great! Use it. But if not, there are other options: cloths, sponges and brushes, even steam cleaners or wet vacs (depending on the severity of stains). Just be sure whatever tool you choose has been cleaned recently in order to prevent any additional staining from occurring while trying to remove coffee stains from carpeting.
Let the Cleaner Sit
Now that you’ve got the stain, it’s time to let the cleaner sit. It is important that you let the cleaner sit for at least 30 minutes if you’re dealing with a fresh stain, but if it’s older or has been there for a while, you may need to let it sit overnight. If your carpet is very dark and you notice that the coffee still has not lifted after this period of time, then repeat everything again and allow for an hour of soaking instead of 30 minutes.
Blot the Carpet Dried
After soaking up as much of the coffee as you can, it’s time to blot your carpet.
Use a clean, dry cloth and gently blot the coffee stain. This will remove any excess moisture that remains on your carpet. Do NOT rub or scrub at this point because doing so may spread the stain further into your carpet fibers and hide its location from you.
Sprinkle Some Baking Soda
The best way to get coffee out of carpet is by sprinkling some baking soda on the coffee stain and allowing it to sit for several hours. The baking soda will absorb the moisture and odors from the carpet, which will work double time on your behalf if you sprinkle a bit of white vinegar on top as well.
Baking soda is naturally antibacterial, so it can help remove any bacteria that might be present in your carpet’s fibers. It also acts as an odor neutralizer, so if there are smells lingering after getting rid of the actual stain, you’ll want to make sure that they’re gone as well before letting anyone back into your home or office space.
Vacuum Up the Baking Soda
The next step is to vacuum up the baking soda. You will want an upright or canister vacuum that doesn’t have a spinning brush or rotating beater bar, as both can leave marks in your carpeting. If you have pets, you may want to use a pet-specific vacuum for this step if possible as it will be gentler on your pet’s fur and skin.
If you don’t have a pet-specific vacuum available, then use an upholstery attachment instead of a brush attachment so there is no risk of damaging your carpet fibers further with excessive agitation as you clean them out of the fibers of your flooring with this method!
Like most things, treat stains right away and don’t rub them.
Like most things, treat stains right away and don’t rub them. If you’re at home and notice a coffee spill on the carpet, try these steps:
- Blot up as much of the liquid as possible with a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid using too much pressure to avoid spreading the stain further into your carpet fibers.
- Place an absorbent like cat litter or kitty litter onto the wet spot and let it sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming it off with a vacuum cleaner attachment designed for deep cleaning carpets (or use an old-fashioned broom).
We hope you enjoyed this helpful guide. Please remember that the key to good carpet cleaning is treating stains right away and not rubbing them. Treatments work best when applied immediately after a stain has occurred. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove it completely from your carpeting. If you have any questions about how to treat coffee stains on your carpets or upholstery in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re always happy to help our customers get rid of tough stains like these ones!
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