Coffee Stain Removal

Coffee stain removal can be a difficult task if you don't have a few tricks up your sleeve. For years women have battled the coffee stain, which is great for the later generations. Now we have a number of solutions to coffee stain removal.

Coffee Stain Removal

Removing Coffee (Without Cream) From Washable Fabrics

What you will need:

  • Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Enzyme presoak product
  • Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
  • Lukewarm water

Like most stains the key to removing coffee stains is treating the fabric as soon as possible. The one big difference about coffee stains is there are different stain fighting steps for coffee with cream and coffee without cream. To start the coffee (without cream) stain removal follow these steps:

  1. Begin by making a solution of 1 quart lukewarm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Ensure you mix the solution in a large enough bucket to soak your clothing.
  2. Allow the garment to soak for about 15 minutes in the solution. After the 15 minutes rinse the fabric clean using clean water.
  3. Using a sponge gently apply the rubbing alcohol to the coffee stain. You will need to sponge the stain starting from the center and working your way to the edges. Tip: Rubbing alcohol is a bleaching agent and can cause the color to change or fade. Ensure the fabric can handle the cleaning method by testing a small area of the fabric. 
  4. Next, you will need to soak the garment in a solution of 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon enzyme presoak. Let the clothing soak for about 30 minutes. Do not let the enzyme presoak dry! If you have a stubborn stain you can leave the enzyme presoak on your fabric for longer, but again do not let it dry. The enzyme presoak takes some time to work its magic.
  5. Inspect the garment. If the stain remains and the fabric is colorfast you can launder with bleach. If the fabric can not handle bleach use the oxygen bleach to wash your clothing.
  6. Inspect your clothing for the stain. If the stain remains repeat the coffee stain removal steps above. Remember do not dry the clothing unless the stain has been removed. If you dry the garment with the coffee stain you will make it almost impossible to remove.

When cleaning a coffee stain from your clothing you will need to ensure you do not rub the fabric without first treating the garment. If you rub the coffee stain you could be causing the stain to go deeper into the fibers of your fabric. This could make it more difficult to remove the coffee stain.

Coffee (With Cream) Stain Removal from Washable Fabrics

What you will need:

  • Pretreatment laundry stain remover
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent
  • Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Absorbent towels

The milk, many put in their coffee, can cause coffee stains to be dealt with differently than just a plain old coffee stain. Follow these next steps to remove coffee with cream:

  1. Choose a pretreatment laundry stain removal from any supper market. Try and find a stain removal product that will work best for coffee stains.
  2. Saturate the stain with the chosen stain removal product. You can use your fingers to ensure you have completely worked in the stain remover.
  3. Allow the product to penetrate the fabric. If the stain is particularly bad you can rub the fabric with heavy-duty liquid detergent.
  4. Wash normally right away with the hottest water the garment will allow. Inspect the area. Do not dry unless the stain has been removed. If the stain remains continue on to the next steps.
  5. Wash your garment again. This time use bleach, if your fabric is colorfast, or oxygen bleach for colored fabric.
  6. Inspect the clothing again. If the stain remains you can try one last cleaning solution.
  7. To completely remove the coffee stain from your clothing you can apply a dry cleaning solvent to the back of the stain. You want to apply the dry cleaning solvent to the back of the garment so that you do not spread the stain to other parts of the fabric.
  8. Place the garment on an absorbent towel to allow the solvent to dry.
  9. Rinse the garment with warm water through the back of the stain. Again this is so you do not rinse the stain into other parts of the fabric.
  10. Wash the garment as you normally would. If the stain remains you can repeat the coffee stain removal steps above.

When choosing your pretreatment stain removal you will want to make sure you choose the right type of product. You can do this by reading the product to ensure it will help you rid yourself of the coffee stain. Remember the quicker you get to the stain the easier it will be to rid yourself of the coffee stains.