Professional Upholstery Cleaning in Boulder, CO, How to Clean Coffee Stains Out of Upholstery.

Professional Upholstery Cleaning in Boulder, CO, How to Clean Coffee Stains Out of Upholstery.

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By Ken Strid, Owner, Cleancare of Boulder.

I gotta’ have a cup of coffee in the morning.  But even though I’ve cut back on my caffeine, going half decaf and even full decaf, the aroma of coffee brewing in the morning and that rich, glorious first sip, still jump starts my day.  I even end my day before bed with a nice relaxing cup of decaffeinated java. My only problem is that I’m a little spill happy. I’m usually sitting down when enjoying a cup. Unfortunately, I’m usually sitting in a comfortable chair or on a sofa. And… those pieces of furniture are upholstered in nice fabric.  Which, after the slightest twitch of my cup wielding wrist, now have an ugly brown/yellow stain. Do you, from time to time, spill your coffee on your upholstered furniture? If so, the quicker you deal with a coffee spill, the more likely you’ll be able to fix it. But how can you remove a coffee stain?

What You’ll Need:

Roll of paper towels (maybe two).

Clean rag, towel or wash cloth.

White vinegar.

“Oxy” type cleaner.

The very most important thing to do is blot up all of that excess moisture as quickly as possible. Coffee has tannin in it which will dye textiles very quickly. Tannin is even used to dye certain types of fine rugs.  It can be difficult to remove if allowed to dry.

For blotting, I suggest paper towels instead of a clean rag.  Your rag will be less absorbent than paper towels and you'll will be tempted to scrub the fabric with a coffee stained rag, which will just work more coffee into your upholstery as well as abrade your fine fabric. You are going to need paper towels, and a lot of them. With these you are going to be blotting the coffee stain from the outside toward the middle. Every time one towel gets soaked, change it. Your goal is to get rid of as much liquid as possible.  Blot, blot and blot some more until nothing comes up on the paper towel.

Next, mix together a solution of 2/3 cup of water and 1/3 cup of white vinegar (one part white vinegar to two parts water solution) .

Dip your cloth or towel into the solution and then saturate the stain with it, working from the outside of the stain to the middle, again. This keeps the stain from growing. Once saturated, blot coffee stain with clean paper towels, much like you did before. Do this again until nothing more will come out of fabric.  Redo vinegar solution saturation if needed. This should take care of your coffee stain.

If a slight stain persists or your coffee stain was allowed to dry before your cleaning attempt, mix up a batch of “oxy” type cleaner according to it’s directions. Pour it into a spray bottle and lightly mist onto area. Lightly brush mist into fabric with a clean, soft bristle brush (preferably horse hair). Allow 24 hours to dry.  If still visible repeat this step up to 3 or 4 times.

If your need further help, we have many years of upholstery cleaning and spot removal experience at Cleancare of Boulder. Give us a call at 303-530-0646.

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