Many of us love coffee, and if we don’t, we know someone who does. Unfortunately, coffee spills can leave quite a stain, and when the stain is somewhere visible (like on your living room carpet), it can stick out like a sore thumb. However, there’s no need to cut down on coffee consumption, or confine our enjoyment to the kitchen—coffee stains can be removed with household materials quickly and efficiently. Here is what you need to get rid of a coffee stain:
The Tools You’ll Need
In order to completely remove a coffee stain, you will need a couple of household materials. The most important part here is to act quickly—the stain is much easier to remove if it is still relatively fresh. To start out, you will need something to absorb the stain. This can be done with either a dry rag or some paper towels.
You’ll then need a solvent, which should ideally be a specialty carpet cleaner (either powder or spray). Otherwise, you can use a laundry detergent combined with warm water. Other household solvents include club soda, white vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. Do not use bleach on the carpet though, because you may end up damaging the fibers and removing coloration.
Finally, you will need something to dry the area. You shouldn’t leave the carpet moist in this situation, because that may lead to mold or discoloration. Here, you can once again use a dry rag or paper towels. However, you may need a lot of paper towels to completely remove the moisture, so make sure you have a rag on hand if you want to avoid the extra effort.
The Cleaning Process
With the proper supplies in hand, it’s time to get to work. The first step is all about absorbing as much of the spilled coffee as possible. If the spill is fresh, your chances of completely removing it are much higher. You’ll want to isolate the spill as much as possible and prevent the liquid from spreading through the carpet. Apply firm pressure and try to soak up as much liquid as possible. If the spill is older and the liquid has already dried up, you can use a damp cloth to soften up the area around the stain.
If you are dealing with a fresh spill, the cleaning process is a bit simpler. Use your solvent to dampen a sponge, rag, or towel, and gently blot the stained area. Let the solution work its magic for a bit, and then grab your dry rag and start soaking up all the moisture in the area. Apply as much pressure as possible at first, and then dab the area until it is completely dry. You can also use a fan to dry the stain area if necessary.
For older stains, it’s best to make a paste of baking soda and water, and cover the stain with this paste using an old toothbrush or your finger. Make sure that the paste goes deep into the carpet, then let it dry. Once the paste is dried up and brittle, use a vacuum to get rid of most of it, and then use a scrubbing brush to restore the fibers to their natural height.
Hiring a Professional Carpet Cleaning Company in Hoffman Estates
In some cases, a stain is simply too stubborn to remove through conventional means. That’s when you should hire a professional to help you out. If you are interested in professional carpet cleaning in Hoffman Estates, contact us today, and we will be glad to help you out.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]