How to Remove Coffee Stains from Carpets

Coffee cup spilled on white carpet

There’s nothing better than enjoying your morning cup of coffee for a burst of energy and bold flavor. Unfortunately, spills happen. Whether you’re groggy in the morning and spill your mug or a kid bumps into the table sending it all over your freshly cleaned carpets, this can be a recipe for disaster. Some people say coffee stains are impossible to remove but if you act fast and take the right steps, you can easily get your carpet back to how it looked before the accident.

So how do you get coffee stains out? Is it as hard as the infamous red wine or grape juice carpet stains? Can you make your own stain remover to get coffee out of carpets? What about old coffee stains? Below we will explore some common questions, a few steps to take, and a variety of methods to get the coffee out of your carpet. Of course, if none of these work, A&D Pro Floor savers can provide professional carpet cleaning to remove old stains, mildew, and leave your carpets looking brand new.

Are Coffee Stains Permanent?

Although coffee stains are easily visible, especially on lighter colored carpets, using a carpet cleaner or a DIY home solution and following some basic steps will help you get the stain right out. Time is on your side and as for any stain, it is better to remove it as quickly as possible. If you’re trying to get rid of an old coffee stain, don’t worry – there’s still hope.

  • Blot the Stain

The first step to remove any stain (especially if the spill is recent and still wet) is to use a white cloth and blot the coffee starting at the outside edge to the middle of the stain. This helps prevent the coffee from spreading further. One mistake many homeowners make when cleaning stains from their carpet is rubbing the carpet to remove the stain. Avoid this! It can cause the liquid to become trapped in the fibers and therefore harder to remove. Blotting helps by transferring the coffee from the carpet to your towel. Once you’ve gotten the majority of the coffee blotted away, pour cold water over the stain and continue blotting to dilute it.

  • Rinse with cold water

Sometimes it can be tricky to know if hot or cold water is better, depending on the kind of stain. In general, the majority of food and beverage stains are better to rinse with cold water. Cold water generally works better for pigment-based stains: coffee, blood, juice, and wine. Hot water could make the stains harder to remove.



While tons of carpet cleaning solutions exist, it is easy to make your own solution at home that works just as well.

Baking Soda Solution:

Baking soda is great for getting rid of stains as it draws out color from the stain and traps the pigments in the solution. Make a paste out of baking soda to easily remove stains. Use a tablespoon of cold water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda to create a thick paste. Rub this on the stain after blotting, let it dry completely, and then vacuum up the powder. Depending on how old or severe the stain is, you may need to repeat as necessary.

Vinegar Solution:

Another great DIY solution for removing coffee stains from carpet is using vinegar. This is something that most of us have around the house or can easily get from any grocery store. Vinegar removes stains by loosening the chemicals and salts, and keeps stains from sticking to material. It is also rich in antibacterial properties and a great way to keep carpets clean by tackling a number of other stains. To make a vinegar solution, mix two cups of water, one tablespoon of vinegar, and a tablespoon of dish soap in a bowl. Use a sponge or cloth to apply the solution directly to the stain and blot dry. Repeat as needed.

How to Clean Set-In Coffee Stains on Carpet

Working fast to get rid of the stain is your best option. If you have a coffee stain that has dried or is “set-in,” this can be a bit tougher to clean up days, weeks, or months after a spill. For old coffee stains, you will want to use a little bit of hot water to loosen the dried coffee. Using the vinegar solution and a cloth, use the same blotting process you would do for a new stain. Repeat as necessary.

Tough Coffee Stains on Your Carpet? Get in Contact with Pro Floor Savers

If you’ve utilized the solutions above and you’re still having a tough time getting out tough stains, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at A&D Pro Floor Savers. Our team of experts are specialists in removing coffee stains, wine, blood, discoloration, and more! With years of experience serving the Bay Area, we provide professional carpet cleaning, floor restoration, and more to protect the investment of your home.


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