Everyone prefers to keep their coffee in their mug, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. A curious cat, a rambunctious dog, or our own carelessness could easily lead to a nasty coffee stain on our favorite sweater. Coffee is notorious for leaving indelible marks on clothes, carpets, and even teeth, but we’re here to tell you that most coffee stains are easy to remove if you act quickly.
Before we get started, we should say that the easiest way to remove coffee stains in most cases is to use a commercial stain remover. Some products are gimmicks designed to get you to buy something you don’t really need, but stain removers are the real deal. In some cases, you can make your own stain remover at home, but a commercial stain remover will usually work better. They’re not that expensive and are worth the investment, in our opinion.
Ok, enough preamble, let’s get to stain removing.
How to Get Coffee Out of Clothing
First, we’ll tackle stains on clothing. If you want to use a homemade stain remover, you can treat synthetic fabrics and cotton the same way. This stain remover recipe is a great first attempt at stain removal, and, in many cases, it will get the job done. The most important factor is time. You want to address the stain immediately before it gets a chance to soak into the fabric and dry.
This process will take care of most minor stains. If the stain is still there after you’ve washed the clothes, you can give this procedure another try. After two attempts, you’re probably better off bringing out the heavy artillery.
A word of caution: don’t put any clothes that are still stained in the dryer! Using a clothes dryer on a stained piece of clothing will bake the stain in and make it impossible to remove.
We mentioned in the introduction that commercial stain removers work the best, and you’ll have to break down and buy one if this homemade solution doesn’t work. Make sure you read the label on a commercial stain remover before using it on your clothes. Some stain removers are meant only for cotton and can damage synthetic fabric.
How to Get Coffee Out of Carpet
Next up, we’ll look at carpet stains. It can be more difficult to remove carpet stains because the fibers in most carpets are very absorbent and have a lot of surface area that coffee can soak in to. Once again, speed is your friend. You don’t want to give the coffee a chance to soak into the carpet or spread. A commercial stain remover will work best here, too, but the same solution we used before is a good first line of defense.
Commercial stain remover is a great option and is great to have on hand when you spill coffee on your carpet. If you don’t have commercial stain remover and our homemade solution doesn’t work, you could try adding a cup of hydrogen peroxide to the mix. Adding hydrogen peroxide is a good halfway point between a store-bought stain remover and the homemade one.
How to Remove Coffee Stains From Teeth
Unfortunately, a lifetime of coffee drinking can leave you with stained, discolored teeth. The good news is you’re not sentenced to stained teeth for life if you notice your teeth are becoming stained from regular coffee consumption. Here are three ways you can combat coffee-stained teeth from least involved to most involved.
Our first recommendation is something simple that most people can try at home with ingredients they probably already have. Hydrogen peroxide is a good stain remover and is safe to have in your mouth. It’s hard to apply hydrogen peroxide to your teeth, though, so combining it with baking soda to make a paste is a great way to fight stained teeth at home.
Teeth-whitening strips are another example of a commercial product that actually works. The primary ingredient in teeth whitening strips is hydrogen peroxide, just like our homemade paste. Buying whitening strips is mostly paying for convenience. Rather than mixing up your own paste, whitening strips allow you to slap on a strip and be done with it.
The last method is to get a professional cleaning from a dentist. This is the most involved option but also is the safest and will produce the best results. Whitening treatments are not very involved and also not too expensive.
Coffee stains are the stereotypical example of a hard-to-remove stain, but that reputation is somewhat unwarranted. If you act quickly and follow the instructions we laid out, coffee stains can be removed from most materials.
Homemade options exist for removing stains from clothes, carpets, and even teeth, and in most cases, they’ll get the job done. Commercial stain removers are also good options and are relatively cheap. In most cases, a commercial stain remover will outperform a homemade solution and be more convenient. Whether you opt for a homemade stain remover or a commercial one is up to you, but either way, we hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Now, next time your cat knocks a full mug of coffee onto your white carpet, you’ll be ready.
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