Consumers have lots of flooring options, each of them with their own set of pros and cons. For instance, a ceramic floor may be easy to clean without any worry of any spills. While that may be a huge benefit, it is a cold and hard surface that can also become damaged if a heavy object falls on it. Carpeting on the other hand is beautiful and soft underfoot, providing a cozy and warm feeling to any room. Of course, it is more delicate in that it can get soiled. With some care and proper maintenance, it can last for years. Below, find tips and how to get stains out of carpet of all kinds.
Getting to Know Your Carpet
The important thing is to understand carpeting before trying to attempt any stain removal. It is always best to know this information before any accidents or spillages occur, which will allow you to treat the stain immediately, properly and without worry. Coffee can definitely stain carpets, and the longer it stays on the fibers, the more difficult it can be to remove. Look at the pile,before you proceed. The pile is the upper layer of fibers, either natural or man-made, and are usually twisted tufts, either cut or looped.
How to Remove Coffee Stains from Carpet
The best thing anyone can do to treat a stain of any kind on carpeting and especially a coffee stain, is to tend to it as soon as possible, while it is still fresh. This will avoid the stain from settling into the fibers. Immediately, blot the stain with paper towels or a clean dry cloth. Do this from the outer most point of the stain, moving inward, as this will avoid any bleeding or spreading. Next, use a solution mild detergent and warm water with a clean cloth to remove the stain. Be careful to use circular motions when cleaning gently, alternating in a clockwise and counter-clockwise direction. Spray water on the spot and continue to clean and rinse. This will avoid damaging the fibers. Follow this step with a clean dry cloth, again alternating in gentle clockwise and counter-clockwise directions.
Do not use a colored cloth as the colors of the cloth could bleed onto your carpet, creating a whole new problem. White is always best. If the stain is still intact, then repeat the steps with the solution of detergent and warm water. Once it is thoroughly cleaned, allow it to dry completely and follow up with a vacuum. Be careful not to step on the area until it is completely dry, to avoid further soiling. Simply cover the area with a dry towel until it dries.
For a truly stubborn stain that has set into the fibers, you may want to use a commercial equipment made just for carpet cleaning. I have compiled a list of the 5 best carpet cleaners in which you can take a look if you are considering to purchase one. On the other hand, you could also make a paste with baking soda and warm water, but this should be tested in an inconspicuous area, like a closet, just in case it fades the pigment. Allow the paste solution to dry, then vacuum.