How do you remove coffee from your carpet?

Coffee is a popular drink that many people enjoy every day… I recently went out with my colleagues, and when I ordered my drink, they laughed that even my alcohol is coffee based (I love a Tia Maria). However, coffee can leave a nasty stain on your carpet if spilt. In this blog, I will explain why coffee can stain your carpet and what you can do to prevent it.

Why coffee stains your carpet: 

The main reason why coffee can stain your carpet is its chemical composition. Coffee contains tannins, which are natural compounds that give coffee its bitter taste. Tannins are in many other foods and drinks, such as tea, wine, and berries. When spilt on the carpet, tannins can bind to the carpet’s fibres and create a permanent stain.

Another factor that contributes to coffee stains on the carpet is the temperature of the coffee. Hot coffee can cause the carpet’s fibres to open, making it easier for the tannins to penetrate and bind to the fibres. This is why acting fast when you spill coffee on your carpet is important. The longer you wait to clean it up, the harder it will be to remove the stain.


So, what can you do to prevent coffee stains on your carpet?

The best way to prevent coffee stains is to avoid spilling coffee on your carpet in the first place. However, accidents happen, so it’s important to be prepared. Here are some ways to help you prevent and remove coffee stains from your carpet:

Blot the spill immediately: Use a clean paper towel cloth to soak up the coffee spill immediately. Do not rub the spill; this can spread the stain and damage the carpet’s fibres.


Here are ways to clean coffee on your carpet:

Please be aware that the homemade solution and baking soda are not methods we recommend as they can damage your carpet, but they are options when you research them. 


  • Method 1: Using a Carpet Cleaner

There are several carpet cleaners on the market to remove coffee stains. Follow the instructions on the label. Be sure to test the cleaner on a small, hidden area of the carpet first to ensure that it doesn’t cause any damage. Apply the cleaner to the coffee stain, leave it for a few minutes and then start blotting it with a clean cloth or kitchen roll.

Following a home vax, you should be able to remove the spill as long as it’s not been sat for too long.


  • Method 2: Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is a popular cleaning agent that removes many stains, including coffee. Here is how you need to use baking soda to remove the coffee stain from your carpet:


Baking soda



Mix a small amount of baking soda with some water to create a paste.

Apply the paste to the coffee stain and leave it to sit for 15-20 minutes.

Blot the stain with a damp, clean cloth until the stain disappears.

An important step: Rinse the area with water and blot dry with a clean cloth or kitchen roll.


  • Method 3: Using a Homemade Solution

If you don’t have a carpet cleaner, you can make your own solution using household items. Here’s a simple recipe for a homemade coffee stain remover:


One tablespoon of dish soap

One tablespoon of white vinegar

Two cups of warm water


Mix the dish soap and white vinegar in a bowl.

Add the warm water and stir until well combined.

Apply the solution to the coffee stain and let it sit for a few minutes.

Blot the coffee stain with a kitchen roll or clean cloth until the stain disappears.


So, after all my research and talking to my peeps, I found several effective methods for removing coffee stains from your carpet. By following these tips, you can get rid of coffee stains and restore your carpet to its original condition.

Please remember that we don’t recommend using the homemade solution and baking soda as they can damage your carpet, but they are options when researching. 

Also, remember to act quickly when a spill occurs, and always test cleaning solutions on a hidden, small area of your carpet first to avoid causing any damage.

Here is a short Youtube showing our process and explaining the whys and hows:

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Written by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing and Admin Coordinator at Art of Clean.

For further advice or information on our Carpet and Soft Furnishing care, please do not hesitate to contact the Art of Clean team on 01223 901551 in Cambridge. Our services include Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, oriental and area Rug Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Patio, and Driveway Pressure washing, Leather Cleaning, Stone and Tile Floor Cleaning, and Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration. We also supply new flooring and carpets through our sister company Art of Flooring. Our Dry-Cleaning service is provided by Farthings Cambridge


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