How to Remove Coffee Stains? Tested Ways | Coffee Queries

How many times have you looked down at the brown, blooming coffee stain on your clothes in horror? How many times have you thought you’ve lost your best shirt or favorite piece of furniture to the stain?  Coffee stains are every coffee lover’s worst nightmare.  The stains are very strong and are extremely difficult to remove. However, where there is a will, there is a way. If you follow the right methods to remove a coffee stain, you’ll be able to save all your clothes and furniture. Here, we’ve brought you the best ways to clean coffee stains off your clothes, carpets, and furniture.

coffee pot and cup with coffee spill

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Rugs and Upholstery?

When drinking coffee at home, or in the office, the worst fear of every coffee lover is to spill coffee on that clean, white carpet. You can’t even put it in the washing machine and call it a day. So, after all your efforts trying to prevent it, you still get coffee on the rug. Now, what do you do? For one, work as fast as you can. If the coffee sets in the fibers of the rug and gets dry, you’ll never be able to get it completely out. At least not without having to wash the rug, which will ruin all those delicate fibers.

Take a paper towel and blot as much of the liquid off the rug as you can. We’ll use dish soap and white vinegar to clean out the stain. Dish soap is better than laundry detergent because it’s less harsh. Mix in 1 tablespoon white vinegar, with 1 tablespoon dish soap in 2 cups of water. Then apply the solution to the stain using a white towel, and keep blotting the cloth on the rug until the stain is completely gone.

Never rub the rug harshly with the cloth so you don’t damage the fibers. Also, be sure to use a clean, white towel, or rag. Using any colored towel can lead to color transference, and while this won’t be a problem for a dark rug, a lighter rug could be seriously stained.

coffee cup with a cup next to it

You can remove the remaining vinegar and dishwasher solution from the carpet using a cloth dipped in cold water. From there, you can either leave the carpet to dry or press it with a dry cloth. We recommend the dry cloth because a wet carpet can catch dirt, which can turn into a stain when coming in contact with the water.

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Tiles, Tables, and Mugs?

We’ve all left out coffee sitting in our mugs too long, and by the time you get around to washing them, simply rubbing the mug doesn’t get the stain out. Or we’ve spilled coffee on the sparkling white marble table, or the surface of our wooden dining table, and wiped it in horror to see the stain on it. Well, worry not, because it’s very easy to remove these stains. You don’t need to throw away your favorite coffee mug ever again.

There are two ways to remove coffee stains from these porous surfaces. The first is the DIY option, and the second is to buy a commercial product. To remove the stains at home, you need to get your hands on some baking soda, and vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the stain, and pour in vinegar till the stain is completely covered.

The baking soda should start to bubble, and you need to leave it there for about 10-15 minutes. Then rinse the cup, or wipe the surface with a clean, wet cloth. Most stains should get wiped off, but if they don’t, you can sprinkle more baking soda on the stain. Wet a toothbrush and scrub the stain with the paste. This should remove the stain completely.

baking soda can be used to clean coffee stains

However, never scrub wooden surfaces like this to remove stains. It isn’t necessary, but the bristles of the brisk might scratch the surface. To use the commercial cleaner, simply follow the instructions given by the manufacturer.

Follow these instructions to never fear when having your favorite coffee ever again. Speaking of favorite coffee recipes, you should try out our mocha recipe. It’s super delicious and easy, which will make it a new favorite in no time. You can find it here- Easy Recipe to make Mocha at Home.

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Clothes?

Coffee stains can be difficult to remove from synthetic fibers, but you can make them disappear if you go about it right. For synthetic fibers, we will use vinegar and dish soap again. Mix 1 tablespoon dish soap, with 1 tablespoon of vinegar into a liter of water. Soak the cloth in the liquid for 15-30 minutes, and then rinse the cloth in warm water. While this should take care of most of the stains, some can be extremely stubborn. For them, use rubbing alcohol and blot it on the stain. Finally, wash the cloth as you normally would. The stain should be gone like it never existed.

you need to use vinegar and dish soap on the stain before washing the cloth

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Pure White Clothes?

Bleach is the easiest way to remove stains from pure white clothing. Unlike colored clothes, you need not worry about the color fading. Mix in ¼ cup bleach in a bucket, or a gallon of water, and soak the cloth in there. The time you need to soak the cloth depends on the instructions given by the manufacturer. Generally, this is about 5 minutes.

You can wash the clothes as you would normally after. Always make sure the bleach is safe for the fabric you are using.

bleach is necessary to remove coffee stains off white clothes

Tricks to Remove Coffee Stains Fast

Use Cold Water

The first step whenever you get coffee anywhere is to rinse the stain thoroughly with cold water. Coldwater prevents the stain from getting settled in the material, and thus makes it easier to clean. If the stain is fresh, simply rinsing it through cold water might be enough to remove the stain completely. Even if it doesn’t use cold water will make removing the stain with soap a breeze. Rinse the cloth with cold water until the water runs clear.

rinsing clothes in cold water can remove coffee stains

Using Washing Powder

You should use washing powder if the liquid detergent fails to remove the stain. This is because washing powder is stronger than dish soap or liquid detergent.

Using Liquid Detergent

Liquid detergent is less harsh than washing powder, and so should be your first choice for coffee stain removal. You should let it sit on the stain, for 5 minutes on fresh stains, and longer on older ones, however, never let the liquid dry on the stain.

Liquid detergent can be used to remove coffee stains from clothes

Never Rub the Stain

Most people believe rubbing the stained area will clean the stain, but the truth is it only weakens the fabric. Never rub the affected area. Instead, look for ways to clean the stain at home. If that’s not possible, buy a commercial cleaner from the market.

Use Shaving Cream

While this isn’t something that sounds very effective, the result is very surprising. Shaving cream contains a lot of components washing powder, and detergents have, which makes it effective against coffee stains. Some of these components are surfactants and other cleaning agents. The next time you spill your coffee somewhere, reach for your shaving cream. Simply liberally apply shaving cream to the stain, rub, and rinse. Repeat the steps if necessary.

shaving cream can be used to remove coffee stains from clothes

Use Egg Yolk

People are firm supporters of using egg yolks to remove coffee stains. It’s very easy to do too. All you need to do is separate the yolk from the egg, beat it, and rub it into the stain using a cloth. Rinse the cloth afterward, and the stain should be completely gone.

Use Toothpaste

Toothpaste is another very good way to remove coffee stains. The best part is that you always have some in the house, and the method is very easy. All you need to do is take some toothpaste on an old brush and scrub the stain with it. Rinse and repeat as necessary. However, be sure the toothpaste you are using is white, so it doesn’t stain.

apply toothpaste to your clothes to remove stains


Coffee stains can be difficult to remove because coffee is a tanning agent. However, with the proper care, you can easily remove the stains at home. Always be sure to act fast, and clean the stains as fast as possible. If you’re out of the house and can’t clean it now, run it through clean water at the moment, or rub either baking soda or baby powder in the stain. This will make it easier to clean it afterward.

Bilal Ahmad

Bilal Ahmad

A coffee enthusiast on his way to exploring more about coffee while helping others solve all their Coffee Queries!