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How to Get Coffee Out of Carpet: Quick Cleanup Tips

We all have spilled coffee at some point, whether it was on our clothes or the table by an accidental arm sweep. However, this time, it spilled onto the carpet and left a coffee stain.

Before you automatically decide to rip the carpet out or give up completely, what if I were to tell you that you can clean these stains out of the carpet by yourself?

In this article, through a step-by-step guide, you will learn how to remove coffee from your carpet and what you can do to prevent permanent stains on your carpet as well. 

Removing Coffee Stains: A Step-by-Step Guide 

By following the steps below, you will be able to remove coffee stains from your carpet like a pro:

  1. Blot the stain with cold water
  2. Mix one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, distilled white vinegar, and warmer water together in a spray bottle
  3. Apply the cleaning solution onto the stain
  4. Blot using a dry paper towel
  5. Rinse with water and blot the area dry.

Proven Techniques to Remove Coffee Stains from Carpets

Using colder water on coffee stains will allow you to be able to lift the stain and not penetrate the coffee deeper into your carpet, permanently staining it forever it seems.

Use colder water to clean up coffee stains
Use colder water to clean up coffee stains

Blotting the stain instead of rubbing it with a dry towel has been proven to be more effective for removing stains from carpets. 

You can also use a sponge to clean up the solution from the carpet by blotting it, just as you would with a dry white cloth.

Quick Tips for Coffee Stain Removal

These tips and tricks should help you remove stains from your carpet so that there’s no trace of coffee left.

  • If you accidentally spill coffee on the floor, it’s important to act quickly. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the stain from the carpet. Therefore, you should clean up the spilled coffee as soon as possible to increase your chances of successfully removing the stain.
  • Do not scrub the stain. Doing this can result in the stain going deeper into the carpet fibers, making it harder to remove a coffee stain.

Easy Ways to Remove Coffee Stains

A quick and easy method to remove fresh coffee stains is to run colder water on the stain for 10-15 minutes. You can use a spray bottle or a dampened rag to keep the area wet while the stain lifts. Repeat this process until the stain disappears.

For old stains, use warm water to loosen the stain and colder water for fresh spills on carpets. Use a clean cloth to dab and remove as much coffee as possible.

DIY Methods for Coffee Stain Removal

To clean up dried coffee spilled on your carpet, you can use a simple cleaning solution made with household items. Mix liquid dish soap, white vinegar, and warm water to form a solution, then apply it to the stained area. Rinse the carpet with water and repeat the process until the stain is completely removed.

Loosen up dried coffee stains
Loosen up dried coffee stains

Baking soda and water is another DIY method to get coffee stains out of your carpet. Mix both the baking soda and water to form a paste, and apply the solution to the stain. Use a soft brush on the stain to remove the residue then rinse with cold water and dab as much liquid as possible.

Say Goodbye to Coffee Stains on Carpets

Did you know that you can easily remove coffee stains from your carpet by using a professional carpet-cleaning vacuum? All you need to do is mix the carpet cleaning detergent with water, apply it to the affected area, and go over the stain with the vacuum until it is completely lifted. 

You can hire a professional carpet cleaning service to remove coffee stains from carpets, especially in larger areas where it can be challenging to clean them yourself. 

Coffee Stain Cleaning Hacks

When trying to remove stubborn coffee stains, use these helpful hacks to avoid unsightly brown stains on your carpet.

Coffee transfers quickly to any carpeted surface, so you will need to put a cleaning solution onto the carpet ASAP. Using the step-by-step guide above, you can lift the spot and dab dry with a clean white cloth.

Using water to loosen the dried coffee if you haven’t made it in time is a great way to clean coffee. Believe it or not, hydrating the spot on the carpet with cold water will help you lift it.

Drying a coffee stain using a dry cloth is a must, but did you know you can use a cloth with a cleaning solution to dab the coffee up as well?

Effective Carpet Coffee Stain Removers

If you do not have white distilled vinegar or even a carpet-cleaning vacuum, you may feel like you won’t be able to clean the old coffee stains from the carpet. Before you give up all hope and look at that suspicious mark, here are some more effective coffee stain removers that have worked for others.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide alone can help get coffee out of carpets. Simply mix the hydrogen peroxide with a small teaspoon of dish detergent and put it on the spill. You will soon see the coffee start to fizz and lift away from the carpet. 

Let it sit in the area for at least 5-10 minutes. 

After it has sat or has stopped fizzing, blot up as much of the solution as possible and make sure you get the edges of the stain as well. You don’t want to miss a spot. 

Be cautious when using a carpet cleaner on a colored carpet to avoid any potential bleaching. Although the cleaner can remove coffee stains from your carpet, leaving it on for too long can cause bleach marks to appear.


Yes, you read that right. The very thing you use to get that minty fresh breath after sipping your coffee doesn’t just work on teeth, it also cleans the coffee on your carpet as well. 

Toothpaste is not just for a minty fresh breath
Toothpaste is not just for a minty fresh breath

This DIY carpet cleaner differs from the baking soda paste as it allows you to gently rub toothpaste on the stain to remove it.

Rinse with water after every use though, and make sure you have white toothpaste so your carpet doesn’t have a different color than the rest of the carpet.


Remember, just because you spill coffee on your carpet does not mean it is the end of the world. As long as you have a cleaner like vinegar and one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent, you can remove your stain and go back to enjoying your coffee.

Michael F

Michael F

Owner, Elevated Cleaning

Michael started Elevated Cleaning to help fill a gap in the Florida cleaning market. With a focus on quality, and a passion for giving back to the community, Elevated Cleaning continues to serve hundreds of happy homeowners each month.

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Michael F.

Michael F.

Owner, Elevated Cleaning

Michael started Elevated Cleaning to help fill a gap in the Florida cleaning market. With a focus on quality, and a passion for giving back to the community, Elevated Cleaning continues to serve hundreds of happy homeowners each month.

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