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How to Remove Coffee Stains From Almost Any Surface?


As a coffee lover, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up spilling your cup of coffee at one point or another. Unfortunately, coffee can leave dark, ugly stains, especially on lighter surfaces. 

I remember once steaming a cup of my favorite Colombian roast coffee. I added the milk and the sugar then started walking toward my favorite spot on the sofa.

Unluckily, I ended up tripping over absolutely nothing and spilling coffee all over myself and five other things. Imagine all the cleaning I had to do.

The good thing is I learned how to remove coffee stains and luckily, these stains usually come out pretty quickly with a couple of simple household items. 

Keep reading to find out how I was able to clean the coffee stains from almost any surface.

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Clothes?

How to remove coffee stains from clothes?

Your clothes are probably the most common victims of coffee stains. The good news is, they’re easy to clear out.

Required Tools

  1. Cold Water
  2. Liquid Laundry Detergent 
  3. Liquid Dish Soap (Optional)
  4. White Vinegar (Optional)
  5. Old Toothbrush (Optional)
  6. Stain Remover

What You Need To Do

Once you’ve gathered everything you need, follow these methods below to get that pesky stain out.

Method #1: Rinse your garments with cold water.

This prevents the stain from seeping into the fabric. Hopefully, if you act quickly enough, this method may be enough to remove the stain from your clothes. 

If rinsing with cold water doesn’t work, use the next method.

Method #2: Using Dish Soap or Detergent 

  1. Combine equal parts of your preferred dish soap or detergent and white vinegar to make a soapy solution.
  2. Gently apply this solution to your stain and let it sit for 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Rub the stain gently with an old toothbrush or with your hand to get the stain out and then rinse with cold water

You can repeat this process as often as you need to lighten the stain. 

When the stain is light enough, you can throw the fabric into the washing machine and wash it as you usually would.

Note: To avoid setting the stain, don’t let your clothes dry until the stain is completely out.

Method #3: Using a Fabric Stain Remover

If you have a fabric stain remover, the process to remove your stains is much easier.

  1. Apply the stain remover directly to the coffee stain.
  2. Let the remover sit for 5 minutes to break down the stain.
  3. After that, you can wash the garment as you normally would in order to get the stain out.

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Upholstery?

How to remove coffee stains from upholstery?

Your upholstery can be one of the biggest victims of coffee stains. Whether it’s your couch or your favorite armchair, spilled coffee can lead to an unsightly mess.

Fortunately, removing the stains from your sofas is easier than it seems.

Required Tools

  1. Paper Towel
  2. Liquid Laundry Detergent
  3. Vinegar 

What You Need To Do

  1. Pat the couch dry with a paper towel to remove as much of the liquid as possible. This will stop the coffee from being absorbed into the couch and make it easier to clean.

Note: Avoid rubbing the stain so that it does not spread. 

  1. Mix liquid laundry detergent and vinegar in some water. 
  2. Gently dab the stain with your solution. This solution will help break down the tannin and remove the stain. 
  1. Dry the area by blotting a piece of paper gently. 

To effectively remove the stain, you have to repeat the process multiple times till the area clears up.

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Walls?

How to remove coffee stains from walls?

Whether it’s by an incident with a bad blender or just a plain old accident, coffee can sometimes spill all over your walls.

Knowing how to quickly clean the coffee before it stains on your painted wall can be a lifesaver in such situations.

Required Tools

  1. Dish Soap & Water 
  2. Sponge or a Soft Bristle Brush
  3. Damp Towel

What You Need To Do

Most coffee stains should come off easily with gentle cleansing. 

  1. Mix dish soap with a little bit of water to form a solution.
  2. Gently apply the solution to the wall. 
  3. Rub it in with a sponge or a soft bristle brush. 
  4. Avoid using a lot of pressure as it can scratch your wall paint. 
  5. Wipe the surface with a damp towel and let it dry. 

Fingers crossed; you’ll have a stain-free wall. 

Note: Try to clean the stain from the wall as soon as possible. The longer the stain sits, the harder it will be to get off.

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Cups?

How to remove coffee stains from cups?

Your coffee mug is bound to get stained over the weeks because of your coffee habits. 

Simple dishwashing soap can sometimes be ineffective when removing the dried-up coffee from your mug, and over time it can make your mug yellow or brown.

Required Tools

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Old Toothbrush 
  3. White Vinegar

What You Need To Do

Method #1: Using Baking Soda & Water

  1. Make a thick paste by mixing tap water with baking soda. 
  2. Dab the paste on your cup and leave it for a couple of minutes. 
  3. Rinse the cup thoroughly, and finally, you have a clean coffee stain-free cup. 

Method #2: Using Vinegar and Baking Soda

For some heavier stains developed over a period of multiple months, baking soda and water alone aren’t enough. That’s when vinegar comes into the picture. 

  1. Mix baking soda and vinegar in equal parts to form a paste.
  2. Apply this paste to the inside of your cup.
  3. Leave it for 5 minutes and let it do its magic.
  4. After five minutes, rub the paste into the cup with an old toothbrush.
  5. Then rinse the cup out to remove the stain.

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Your Furniture?

How to remove coffee stains from furniture?

I can’t forget how long it took me to remove coffee stains from my dinner table because I was using the wrong cleaning methods. 

I’ll save you time and show you exactly how to remove coffee stains from your furniture

Required Tools

  • Vinegar
  • Paper Towel
  • Baking Soda
  • Furniture Polish (Optional)

What You Need To Do

Method #1: Using Vinegar 

  1. Put one teaspoon of white vinegar over the stain. 
  2. Let the vinegar sit for 2 minutes.
  3. Dry up the area with a paper towel.

Method #2: Using Baking Soda

  1. Mix baking soda and water to create a thick paste.
  2. Apply it over the stain.
  3. Let the mixture sit for a couple of minutes.
  4. Wipe it clean. 

Note: Top off with furniture polish to get the area back to its original state. 

Final Thoughts

Although coffee stains might seem complicated to remove, they’re quite straightforward. It’s essential to tackle the stain as soon as possible so it doesn’t set on the surface. Don’t let temporary stains get in the way of your love for coffee. 

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Mostafa Sayed

Mostafa Sayed

Mostafa is the founder and Chief Editor at CoolCoffeeTalk. His aim? Simple. Make CoolCoffeeTalk the best resource online for anything coffee related by providing the best valuable content out there.
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