Which is the best way to remove old coffee stains from carpet without stain remover? My dad has Parkinson’s and he struggles with spilling things. He’s also allergic to a lot of chemical cleaners. Is there a natural way to clean up coffee marks?
Tammi Johns, Broooklyn
I’m sorry that your dad is ill. And you’re right, you can remove a spill like this naturally. The best way to remove a tough coffee stain from a carpet is to use dish soap, baking soda, and white vinegar. Follow these next steps to clean the rug.
First, squeeze a small amount of the dishwashing liquid onto the mark. Use a clean rag to gently work it into the fibers without scrubbing.
Second, spray water onto the area you treated with soap. Blot the spot until it’s just damp, then sprinkle baking soda on top of it. Then let it sit until it’s fully dry and you can vacuum it.
Sometimes those two steps aren’t enough to remove the stain, and that’s when you need the vinegar. Sidenote, vinegar works also great to remove light urine or wax stains from your carpet. See our how to get candle wax out of carpet post for a slightly different vinegar spot cleaner recipe.
Combine one tablespoon vinegar, one tablespoon dish soap, and two cups of warm water. Sponge the mark with the mixture. Then alternate sponging and blotting with a dry towel until the stain disappears. Finish up by wiping gently with a damp cloth and cool water until the residue is gone.
Now, these two methods work well on fresh spills, but you’ll need a different approach for older spots. Mix a paste from one part baking soda to one part water and massage it into the carpet. Once it dries, you can brush out the stain, then vacuum. You might need to repeat the process, too.
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I wish you and your father all the best.