February 08, 2022
How to Get Coffee Stains out of Your Carpet
What Supplies Will You Need?
- Light-colored towel or rag: Using a light-colored towel can help you tell how much of the stain is coming out and whether you need to use another method.
- Sponge: You can also use a sponge rather than a cloth to dab cleaning solution on the coffee spill.
- Cold and/or warm water: The water temperature makes a big difference when cleaning anything, especially something as delicate as your carpeting. You may need both cold and warm water at various points to get rid of the stains.
- Hydrogen peroxide: This solution won’t stain a carpet because it doesn’t have any dyes. However, if you’re unsure whether your carpet will be safe, test a small spot with just hydrogen peroxide to ensure it won’t create an even worse stain. If it does, use a vinegar mixture instead.
- Dish soap: Dish soap is known for being a good cleaner for more than just dishes. Use it on your carpet to see if it lifts any existing coffee stains.
- White vinegar: Although this substance is not as effective at coffee stain removal as hydrogen peroxide, vinegar can also do the trick if the first choice doesn’t work for you.
- Bowls for cleaning solutions: Make sure you have bowls or other containers on hand for an easier cleaning process.
- Laundry detergent: You will need laundry detergent if the coffee had any milk or sugar in it.
- Baking soda: If your chosen coffee stain remover doesn’t work on its own, you may need baking soda.
- Wet/dry vacuum: If you have a wet/dry vacuum, great! If not, you can likely still lift your coffee stain without it.
What Should You Do for a New Stain?
- Blot it: Try blotting the coffee stain with a white towel. Don’t rub the spot — simply lift and press the cloth over it repeatedly.
- Use cold water: Once all the liquid has been soaked up, pour a small amount of cold water on the stain. With a different cloth or a clean part of the same cloth, continue to blot the spot as you did before.
- Create a solution: If using cold water and blotting doesn’t remove the stain, you can create a DIY stain removal solution using either hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar. Mix 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap in a small bowl. You can also mix 1/2 tablespoon of dish soap and 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar with one cup of water.
- Apply the solution: Using either another light-colored towel or sponge, dab the mixture onto the coffee stain, moving from the outer edges inward. Once every part of the stain has the solution on it, allow it to sit for about 10 minutes.
- Remove the stain: After 10 minutes, blot the coffee stain again using a paper towel or clean cloth towel to soak up all the liquid.
- Try a wet/dry vacuum: If neither of those coffee stain removal tips works, you may need to ramp up your cleaning technique. Saturate the stain with the DIY stain remover again and let it sit for another 10 minutes. Then, using the wet setting of a wet/dry vacuum, soak up all the liquid. Continue this process until the stain is removed.
How to Lift Old Coffee Stains
- Don’t step on them: The most important tip to lift old coffee stains is to avoid stepping on them. If you notice a spill after the fact, inform anyone else who could come in contact with it to avoid touching it. The more the spot absorbs into the flooring, the more difficult it will be to get out.
- Use warm water: Pour warm water over the stain to loosen the dried coffee. Then, follow the same steps you would take with a new stain. Blot up the water, and if that doesn’t work, proceed with your DIY cleaning solution.
- Mix a laundry detergent solution: If the coffee you spilled had cream or sugar in it, your stain removal might need to be more aggressive. Mix a tablespoon of enzyme laundry detergent with 1/2 cup warm water. Dab the mixture onto the stain with a clean cloth. You can then rinse the coffee stain with cold water, blot up as much liquid as possible, and let it dry overnight.
- Apply baking soda: Baking soda is great for getting rid of coffee stains and other messes. After you’ve used the other methods, sprinkle the baking soda over the stain and let it sit overnight or until the carpet is dry. Then, vacuum up the leftover mixture.
- Try a carpet cleaner: If all else fails, you may have to get a carpet cleaner or hire a professional home cleaner. While you probably want to get the coffee stain out yourself, some spills are too tough to remove without professional products.
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January 17, 2022
Tips for Cleaning Windows
Does it seem like your windows are hazy or filmy? Your eyes probably aren’t deceiving you. Over time, windows pick up indoor and outdoor debris. As a result, they can make a sunshiny day look downright cloudy— and you don’t want that! Fortunately, window glass cleans up beautifully. You just have to find the best way to clean your home windows to restore their beautiful shine. Below are some helpful hints to clean windows inside and outside.