Asked on Nov 28, 2014

Set in coffee stains on carpet

Sharon Warren
by Sharon Warren
What will remove them?
  10 answers
  • Teri Mauerman Shehorn Teri Mauerman Shehorn on Nov 28, 2014
    In a very inconspicous place, such as removing a register grate, test to see if the carpet is bleach safe. Cleaning the carpet alone will prob result in the coffee stain rising to the surface. My carpets are bleach safe and I do this when something was spilled and soaked into the padding as the stain will rise back up through the carpet even when cleaned using bleach and carpet shampoo. If your carpet is bleach safe, meaning your test spot had no color change and once dry you rub the spot with a wet cloth, then dry again and no color change, then you are safe to proceed. In a spray bottle, make a half and half mix of water and bleach, lightly mist the stain until the stain starts to disappear. If it reappears mist it lightly again. You only want the surface of the carpet to get we or it could hydrate the dried coffee in the pad and cause the stain to rise through the carpet again. Good luck!
    • Mags Mags on Nov 29, 2014
      I agree with above but I would also try household ammonia which is a bleaching agent also but not as severe. There is a site for professional carpet bleeders in the uk called Ncca and they give hints and tips. People putting self cleaning agents on usually help in setting it in. I have used a product called carpet power which is the best natural stain remover I have used , even better than the commercial stain removers available to me, but it may take a couple of applications to remove fully. Once it's in the backing it will wick up when wet which is why repeated treatments are usually required.
  • Wanda.ll Wanda.ll on Nov 29, 2014
    try oxiclean too. I I did get some carpet stain remover at Walmart in the auto department. It cleans every stain I've used it on including coffee, tea and soda.My carpet in auto was a horrible mess and it looks new. The can is silver and blue just look for it cost about 5 dollars a can but a big can. Good luck
    • Marjorie Travis Marjorie Travis on Nov 29, 2014
      @Wanda.ll oxiclean is a great stain remover. I have used it on red clay mud stains in carpets, and friend used it on her older carpets in her carpet cleaner before they came out with it in a bottle.
  • Diane Diane on Nov 29, 2014
    Spray and Wipe thickly on the stain and leave for 10 minutes, then soak up with a thick towel.
  • Kerry Kerry on Nov 29, 2014
    The absolute best thing for stains I have found is a product called SPOT SHOT. I use it on laundry pretreat and carpet stains. It works great and doesn't bleach the carpet out like oxiclean. It is readibly available at Home Depot, Walmart and Target, as well as other stores.
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Nov 30, 2014
    Additional Carpet Care Tips Beer, wine, coffee and tea Blot and neutralize with a white vinegar solution, then work a small amount of a detergent solution into the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water). Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed. Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water and blot to remove excess moisture. Apply paper towels and weigh them down, allowing the spot to dry. Here are more cleaning guidelines for stains.
  • AvonelleRed AvonelleRed on Nov 30, 2014
    I personally use plain hydrogen peroxide on my carpets for pretty much any type of stain other than grease. It will get up cat or dog vomit, as well as other cat or dog "deposits", and I would bet it will get the coffee stains out. I just pour a little directly on the stain. You'd want to test a small, inconspicuous area first just to make sure it doesn't fade out your carpet, but in all the years I've been using it, I've never had that happen.
  • Tel485999 Tel485999 on Dec 03, 2014
    I use hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle on all my carpet and clothing stains. Just spray and let it set for a minute or less then wipe up or repeat as needed..
  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on May 01, 2022

    Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp. of Dawn dish soap, and fill with water. Spray area liberally and let soak for 5-10 minutes and then proceed with blotting with a clean, dry towel until stain is removed. Some carpet stain removal products can be of great benefit for combating many types of carpet stains.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 14, 2022

    Hydrogen peroxide

    If you have a white or light carpet, you can make a hydrogen peroxide solution to remove a coffee stain from your carpet. Mix 1 tablespoon of 3% H2O2 hydrogen peroxide with 3 tablespoons of warm (not hot) water. You would use this the same way as your dish soap solution. You should definitely spot test the solution first, as it may bleach your carpet.