How to Remove Dry Coffee Stains

Whether you are dealing with carpet, countertop or fabric, the sooner a coffee stain is treated, the easier it is to remove; however, it is still possible to remove if not treated at first sight. It is not necessary to rush out and make a special trip to purchase high-end cleaners when you may already have everything you need right there in your home. A variety of household products can indeed remove those tough-looking coffee stains.

Fill an empty spray bottle with cool water. Spray the coffee-stained carpet with the water.

Blot the stain with a clean rag. Switch to clean portions of the rag as one part becomes soiled. Continue blotting until no more coffee transfers from the carpet to the rag.

Squirt a moderate amount of bleach-free dish soap onto the stain. Work it into the carpet with your fingers.

Spray the area with water and blot with a clean rag to rinse out the carpet. Continue blotting until all the soap has been removed.

Apply white foaming shaving cream if the stain persists. Cover the stain with the shaving cream and rub it in gently with a clean rag.

Rinse the carpet by spraying it with plain water. Blot the carpet with a clean rag.

Wash the stained area with a rag and soapy water. Go over the area with a dry rag.

Sprinkle baking soda directly onto the stained area. Scrub the baking soda gently into the stain using a damp sponge.

Rinse the counter with a rag and plain water. Dry with a clean cloth.

Dampen a clean rag with white vinegar if the stain persists. Sponge the vinegar onto the stain and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

Wipe down the stained area of the counter with a dry rag to remove the vinegar and any traces of the coffee stain. Repeat, if necessary.

Rinse the fabric under cool water, working from the back of the fabric. If the item is upholstery or non-machine washable, blot the stain with a rag and plain water.

Blot the fabric with a dry rag. Switch to clean portions of the rag as one becomes soiled.

Fill an empty spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and cool water. Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients.

Spray the solution onto the dry coffee stain. Allow it to sit on the fabric for at least 10 minutes.

Blot the fabric with a clean, dry rag. Switch to clean portions of the rag as one becomes soiled. Continue blotting, applying more vinegar if necessary, until the stain has lifted.

Launder the fabric as usual. If the fabric is non-machine washable, rinse the vinegar from the fabric with a rag and plain water.


Never place coffee-stained fabric or clothing into the dryer until you are sure all of the stain is gone. The heat from the dryer will only set the stain further. Test the product you are using on a small, inconspicuous area prior to applying it to a more noticeable area. Rubbing alcohol is also effective at removing dry coffee stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty spray bottle
  • Water
  • Clean rags
  • Bleach-free dish soap
  • White foaming shaving cream
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
  • White vinegar
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.