How to get rid of Coffee (Tea) Stains

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How to remove tea and coffee stain if you spill it on your clothes or carpet? We all enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea in the morning. It is fresh and energizing to get us started for the day. Most of us are in a rush to get to the office on time. A mishap is waiting around the corner when the coffee/tea spills on your beautiful blouse or the brand new carpet.

It is important to act as quickly as possible to remove the coffee/tea stain. It will be much easier for you. Don’t panic, even older stains on most fabrics can be removed with the right remedies.

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Now, the big questions come into your mind of how to remove tea and coffee stain on carpet and clothes? Some might act on instinct to pour water over the stain and try to remove it permanently. Does it work 100%? Not really, as some additional cleaning products are necessary to let the stain vanish into thin air.

Pre-treatment of Coffee / Tea Stain

At first, do not panic and follow some of the important prep tips before starting to remove the stain:

  • Regardless which cleaner you are trying to use, check always if it is suitable for the color and material. Sometimes it is best to try it out on an area that is not visible.
  • For removing coffee/tea stains, do NOT RUB, and only dab! If you start to rub, the stain will penetrate even deeper into the fibers of the material. Not a good idea!
  • Caution: Do not use aggressive cleaning detergents to avoid unpleasant surprises. Always perform a color test and follow the clothes/carpet care instructions.

How to remove FRESH Coffee (Te and Stain

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As I have mentioned earlier, with fresh stains, quick action from your side is required to remove the fresh coffee (tea) stain successfully. Let’s take a look at what home remedies are helping out:

What You Need:

  • Clean and absorbent cloth or sponge
  • a small bucket of warm water
  • A detergent (home remedy) of your choice
  • Time: 10 minutes for stain removing plus 40 minutes for washing machine

1. The old fashion way: Water & Soap

With the exemption of silk, wash the fresh coffee stain in clothes with clear, hot water. It will dilute the coffee in such a way that dabbing the stain off with a kitchen paper towel is quite easy.

In case the coffee contains milk, some liquid detergent comes in handy as it is necessary to dissolve the fat inside the milk. Also, dab the piece of cloth until the stain is gone.

2. Sparkling Water with bubbles

The carbon dioxide inside the sparkling water contains oxygen (O2), which dissolves the stained fiber of the fabrics without harming it. As sparkling water does not bleach or damage the fabrics, it is an ideal choice to tackle coffee and tea stains.

Sprinkle some sparkling water with a little bit of dishwashing detergent on the coffee/tea stain. After dabbing the stain, you can put the dirty cloth into the washing machine for a deep clean.

3. Baking Soda for insensitive fabrics

You can use baking soda virtually everywhere when cleaning inside the home. However, for coffee stains, you have to be a little bit cautious as only cotton, linen, and tablecloths are suitable for the use of baking soda. As baking soda can bleach, it should not be used on color at all. How to remove tea and coffee stain with baking soda:

  • Sprinkle the coffee or tea stain with baking powder
  • Leave it until the baking soda dries out the moisture of the stain
  • Once dry, gently scrub the stain with a harder brush and shake out.
  • Wash the piece of cloth according to the care’s instructions

4. Liquid Soap or Detergent

As dishwashing detergent and liquid soap contain surfactant, it is somehow adequate to battle the coffee stains. However, as they do not include any bleaching features, it is only recommended on fresh stains.

  • Add the mix of detergent and water onto the stain
  • Wait for around 10 minutes
  • Tab with a paper towel or regular cloth
  • The coffee stain should become weaker, and the clothing can go now to the laundry for final cleaning

How to remove old coffee (tea) stains from clothes and carpet

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Are the coffee or tea stains already dry, it will get a little bit tougher to remove them. As the stain sits already deep inside the fibers, some more aggressive cleaners are needed. With a little bit more effort, the dried stains will also be gone very quickly. Here are the most efficient ways to remove the stains:

Gall (Bile) Soap

Some of you might never heard of gall soap before. To explain, it is a natural surfactant from animal bile, which breaks down fat during digestion. It is a granny’s secret, and it still works wonders still in our modern times. You can use the gall soap virtually on all fabrics without harming it. How to remove a stain with the gall soap:

  • Dab the coffee/tea stain with the gall soap (add some if you use the liquid version)
  • Please wait for 15 minutes for the soap to work its magic
  • Dab again with a clean cloth or sponge
  • Repeat until the stain is gone

Stain Remover Products & Bleach

No doubt, bleach is a mighty partner when it comes to darker stains such as coffee on white clothes.

  • Mix water and bleach, so that the bleach is not too concentrated
  • Dab with a light cloth on the stain
  • Once the stain is almost gone, do your laundry and add some bleach into the mix

There are also some excellent stain removers out there. Our favorite, which we have tested in our office is the Nature’s Miracle Dark Stain spray. We were astonished by the effectiveness and result of it. For our test, we poured hot coffee and tea over several different fabrics and used the Nature’s Miracle Dark Stain spray. The result: stunning and coffee/tea stain free.

Natural Lemon or Lime

Lemon is suitable to dissolve not only coffee stains but also fat. Therefore, it is very ideal to use when your coffee contains milk.

  • Squeeze a quarter of lemon/lime into hot water
  • Pour some of the mix onto the stain
  • Wait for 15 minutes
  • Dab clean with dry cloth or sponge

How to remove coffee stain out of wallpaper

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Yes, a coffee stain can also end up on your delicate wallpaper. No panic, as regular shaving foam can come to the rescue.

  • Test prior if the wallpaper is suitable for the shaving foam
  • Add the foam on a piece of cloth and dab on the stain
  • Let it soak for 15 minutes
  • Dab with a second dry, clean cloth until the stain vanishes

How to remove coffee stain out of carpet

remove coffee stain out of carpet

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Carbonated water is also suitable to clean a coffee stain out of a carpet. You need to apply a mix of detergent and sparking water onto the stain and use an absorbent cloth or sponge to dab the stain. Continue dabbing until the stain is no longer visible and has dried out completely.

Out of 95%, the sparkling water/detergent will get rid of the stain. However, as it is always the case, there are also expectations of the rule where the stain is just so stubborn not to go away. In this case, the only solution would be to get a good color-safe carpet spot remover for the stain to say goodbye.

How to remove a coffee stain out of upholstery (sofa..)

remove a coffee stain out of upholstery
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If a coffee stain disfigures your upholstery, it is the same technique as cleaning a carpet.

  • Mix sparkling water with some detergent
  • Dab with a clean cloth and the mixture on the stain
  • Do as long as the stain remains visible
  • Once gone, add some warm water on it and clean with a sponge (soap and dirt residues will be eradicated)


Getting rid of a coffee or tea stain needs a little bit of patience. Do not rush things and consider our step by step tips. You will see that in the end, everything is spotlessly clean as the coffee has never spilled before.

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