Many people start their day with coffee but what happens when it ends up on your carpet? Don’t panic but work quickly. This will give you the best chance at removing any stain. Stains are easier to remove when they are still fresh. The longer the delay, the harder it will be to remove and the higher the chance of it becoming permanent. This is true with any stain. ADC Carpet Cleaning Specialists offers some helpful tips on how to remove coffee stains from your carpet.
Carpet Coffee Stain & Odor Removal
Dish detergent and vinegar are good options for coffee stain removal. The first step is to soak up as much of the coffee as possible. Do this with a dry cloth or paper towel. Then you can mix a tablespoon of dish detergent with a tablespoon into 2 cups of warm water in a bowl. Take a clean, white cloth and dip it into the solution until it’s saturated and apply the solution to the stain. Blot from the outside of the stain to the middle and rinse the cloth in the solution often. Repeat, if needed. Do NOT scrub the stain. This will only make it worse. The spot can spread deeper and can damage the fibers. Next, rinse the spot with warm water. If you have a wet vac use it to suck up the water and any remaining solution. You can use a dry absorbent towel if you don’t have a wet vac. Apply pressure until the spot is dry. The goal is to remove as much moisture as possible so the spot can dry as quickly as possible. If you can still see the spot you have a more stubborn stain that will need professional help. The stain may have gone deeper and into the carpet pad.
Is Professional Carpet Cleaning Worth It?
The carpet padding is very absorbent and liquid stains can soak over a large area. The stain may look small on the surface but underneath it’s much larger. A spot that is 6 inches in diameter on the surface can be as large as 18-24 inches in diameter on the carpet padding. Professionals have more powerful equipment to treat the stain. The equipment they use can flood the area beneath the carpet and then extract it completely so the area will be dry in no time. Professionals have more experience at removing stains than you do. Different stains need different solutions and techniques for successful removal.
Carpet Protection Shield
The best way to protect your carpets in the future is to apply carpet protectant. Liquids will bead up instead of penetrating into the carpet fibers and makes for easier cleanup. Depending on the amount of wear and tear your carpet gets, protection can last for 6 months to a year and a half. It will last longer if you don’t have children and pets, and if you don’t wear your shoes inside. It’s a good idea to reapply protection every time you have your carpets cleaned.