How to clean coffee and tea stains from carpets?

Cleaning coffee and tea stains from the carpet can be difficult if it has been a long time. Therefore, you will need to act immediately to remove the spilled liquid and not let the stains dry out as it will be more difficult to completely remove these stains.

Cleaning carpet stains require the use of materials that do not damage its texture, especially if it is a carpet with wool and/or silk fibers, and it must be done in a proper way so as not to spread the stain on other areas of the carpet.

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Type of stains

There are two categories of carpet stains.

The first group are coffee and tea stains that are fresh and still wet and therefore easier to remove and stains that have been in the carpet for some time and are already dry.

It is much easier to remove stains that fall into the first category. But with the methods we learn here, we will also remove older stains from carpets and kilims.

Cleaning methods

Removing the rest of the poured liquid

After pouring a cup of coffee or tea on the carpet, the first thing you should do is put a soft, dry cloth over the stain and press lightly so that it absorbs the rest of the poured liquid and prevents it from spreading to other areas of the carpet.

Do not try to rub, as this can further set the stains into the carpet fibers.

Cleaning with water

Now dampen a cotton towel or a piece of sponge with warm water and gently rub over the affected area several times. You can repeat this operation until you see the coffee and tea stains, which are already water soluble, fade. Try to make inward movements from the edges of the stain to prevent the stain from spreading.

Cleaning with detergent

If you notice that there are still stains on the carpet, dissolve a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent in a half-liter container of warm water, soak a towel and gently rub the stain. Keep doing this until the stain is completely gone.

Then use a clean cloth dampened with water to remove the rest of the detergent from the carpet. After finishing the cleaning operation, blot the damp area with a clean dry cloth to remove the moisture from the carpet and prevent it from emitting an unpleasant odor. Avoid applying too much pressure to the carpet fibers during all stages of the work during all stages of the job, as the texture of the carpet may become damaged and rot as the stain is removed.

With this cleaning method, you can use washing powder, neutral soap or baby shampoos instead of dishwashing liquid.
All you have to do is dissolve the powder grains in water so that no powder grains are left loose in the carpet fibers while you clean the stain.

White vinegar cleaning

Another way to remove coffee and tea stains from carpets is to use a mixture of white vinegar, dishwashing detergent and warm water.

Mix 5 tablespoons of white vinegar with a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent and half a glass of warm water. Dampen a clean dry cloth and rub the stained area with the prepared cleaning product. After removing the stain, wipe the carpet with another damp cloth to remove the remaining detergent and finally blot the carpet area with another clean, dry cloth.

Spot cleaning with corn powder: Corn powder is a strong cleaner for removing coffee and tea stains.

Sometimes, coffee and tea stains dry and age and are not easily removed. To clean these stains, you first have to sprinkle a little water on the stain and press a tissue on it. Repeat this several times until the stain is wet and more easily absorbed by the cloth.

Then, depending on the size of the stain, mix a little vinegar with powdered corn and pour the resulting mixture on the spot. The stains on the carpet will be absorbed by this compound and disappear.

At the end of the job, as in the previous steps, wipe the carpet with a damp cloth to remove debris and use a dry cloth to finish drying the area.

If you prefer, you can get professional help and advice by requesting the services of Brother’s Carpet Cleaning, a specialist in professional carpet cleaning and restoration of all types of carpets.