More and more people are enjoying espresso every morning. It helps them to wake up and become alert. But, during the process of becoming alert, accidents may happen, and you may spill that espresso on your clothing or your floor. In this article, we will explore how to remove espresso stains.
How To Remove Espresso Stains From Clothing
If you are a bit clumsy when you are waking up, you may have accidentally spilled your espresso on your favorite blouse or pants. That’s okay! The stains may look annoying, but they are fairly simple to deal with.
What you will need:
- Laundry detergent (liquid)
- Cold water
- Stain stick (optional)
- Take the stained clothing and start to rinse it with cold water from the back of the stain. This is important because you want to reduce the amount of fabric that the stain will go through as it is rinsed. If the stain is fresh, this may be all that you need in order to eliminate the stain.
- If the first step doesn’t work, it is time to try the laundry detergent. Take the laundry detergent and some cold water and put it on the stain. Allow this to sit for 3 to 5 minutes, and then put the stained piece into water to soak. Every five minutes, gently rub the stained area to loosen the stain up. After a half an hour, check the area.
- At this point, the stain may be gone. Older stains may still be stubborn, though, so if it persists, soak the piece in warm water for five to fifteen minutes.
- If none of these totally eliminate the stain, try a stain stick. Let the stick set for five minutes, then wash normally. Check between washing and drying to make sure the stain is completely gone; if it is not, go through the process again. Drying the clothing with the stain still there will allow the stain to set and make it even more difficult to remove.
How To Remove Espresso Stains From Carpet
Sometimes, your clumsiness can result in spilling your espresso on the carpet. These stains can be unsightly, but they aren’t very difficult to remove.
What you will need:
- Cleaning solution (1/4 teaspoon non bleaching detergent or carpet shampoo per 1 liter of warm water)
- Heavy object
- If the stain is fresh, take a towel and blot the area. This will help to remove most of the espresso stain before it can really set in to the carpet.
- Spray some lukewarm water on the stain to dampen it for ease of removal.
- Take the cleaning solution (recipe above) and apply it to the stain using a clean white cloth. Be liberal with the solution – it’s harmless and will not stain or bleach the carpet further. Take a spoon and massage the cloth with it to work the solution into the carpet without damaging it or rubbing the stain.
- Rinse the area and remove any excess liquid with a clean cloth. Gently blot the area, don’t rub it (that will exacerbate any of the stain that remains).
- Dry the carpet. This is the most important part, because the drying process can get out even the deepest of carpet stains. Take a dry dishtowel and put it over the dampened spot. Put a heavy object on top of the towel (you can put a plastic bag in between if you’re worried about damage to the object). Allow this to sit overnight for the best results.