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Some Effective Ways to Remove Coffee Stains from Clothing

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 Coffee can be one of the most troublesome stains to get out of clothing and carpets, but there are several strategies you can use to treat the stain. Here's a step-by-step approach to getting rid of a coffee stain. Depending on the age and size of your stain, more vigorous effort may be required, so simply follow each step and repeat until it's gone.

Remember: if the stain is on silk or another delicate fabric, it's a much better idea to get it cleaned professionally than to risk damaging it. Check the care label of your garment for other helpful cleaning advice.

Steps to Remove Coffee Stains From Clothing

1. For fresh coffee stains, first try cold water -- this might be all that's needed. Run cold water through the back of the stain. The water mixed with coffee residue needs to travel through the least amount of fabric possible. Continue to run cold water through the back of the stain for 10-15 minutes or until the water running out is completely clear. If the stain isn't fully removed, or your stain is old, move on to the second step. 

2. Rub liquid laundry detergent and a little cold water into the coffee stain.  If you don't have liquid laundry detergent you can use liquid dish soap. Allow fresh stains to sit for 3-5 minutes. You can let it sit for longer, but don't let it dry. For old coffee stains, however, you'll need to soak the clothing in water after you've rubbed the liquid detergent in. Every 5 minutes, gently rub the stained fabric with your thumb and fingers to loosen the stain. After 30 minutes of soaking in cold water, check the stained area. If the stain remains, try soaking for 5-15 minutes in warm water before rinsing thoroughly.

3. If the stain is still there, try mixing some powdered laundry detergent with equal parts white vinegar and water and turn it into a paste. Test it on the garment to make sure it doesn't discolor the fabric. Use a toothbrush to scrub the stain and then rinse.

4. Apply a stain remover spray or stain remover gel product to the coffee stain, let it stand for 5 minutes and then wash normally. A gel stain remover coats both sides of the stain and really penetrates into the fibers of the clothing.


    Check that the coffee stain is completely removed before putting your clothing in the dryer. If any hint remains, repeat the steps before drying. Try air drying the clothing first. Hold the dried clothing up to a light to make sure that any hint of discoloration is completely removed. If it is, wash and dry normally. If it isn't, you'll need to start the stain removal steps over again. Continue this process until no stain remains or there isn't any improvement.






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