Coffee stains can be a real nuisance, especially when they have been left to sit for a while. But don't worry, there are some simple steps you can take to get rid of old coffee stains from carpets. An effective homemade coffee stain remover consists of one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. This mixture is great for removing fresh coffee stains.
Baking soda is also an excellent cleaner and works efficiently to remove coffee stains on carpets. It absorbs excess moisture and ensures that the stain does not settle on the fibers. Sprinkling salt on freshly brewed coffee stains can also help to remove water molecules along with the coffee, making it easier to remove the stain. For old stains that have been left to sit, the oxygenated formula is very effective in eliminating them. Carolyn Forte, director of the appliance cleaning products lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, recommends using Woolite Advanced Stain & Odor Remover + Sanitize.
Not only does it remove stains, but it also contains ingredients that kill 99.9% of bacteria to disinfect soft surfaces such as carpets, upholstery, bath mats, mattresses, pet beds, and even car seats. The stimulating but not at all overwhelming scent of sage and spearmint that the stain remover leaves in its wake is a good bonus. The Good Housekeeping Institute's cleaning lab also recommends Bissell Professional Pet Stain and Odor Remover. This product has been given the seal of approval from the Carpet and Carpet Institute, meaning that it does not harm carpets. It has a formula containing enzymes that eliminate stains and persistent odors that cause pets to return to the ground again and again. For one tester, it completely removed an old stain from the seat of a brocade dining chair when nothing else could.
To remove old stains that you've neglected or those that you thought had been removed but still appear, simply dry as much as you can with a clean cloth and use a good carpet cleaning formula to dissolve and remove the stain.