How to remove coffee stains from wood

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How to remove coffee stains from wood
Relax; that spill won't be permanent. (Getty Creative)

Coffee spilt on wood can be wiped up immediately with almost no telltale staining. Allowed to set, the coffee may leave a tough stain on wood floors or a treasured piece of furniture. Most coffee stains can be removed using household supplies without sanding or using harsh chemicals on wood. Distilled white vinegar, for example, is a weak acid that dissolves coffee stains without harming the wood.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Mild liquid detergent
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Wood polish or wax
  • Clean buffing cloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wet a wad of paper towels in water and pour 1.5 ml (1/2 tsp) of liquid soap or a mild detergent onto the towels.

  2. 2

    Wipe away as much of the coffee stain as possible and blot the area with a fresh application of paper towels.

  3. 3

    Pour 3 ml (1 tsp) of white vinegar onto the stain and let it set for a minute. Wipe away the vinegar and dissolved coffee with clean paper towels. Let the wood air dry completely.

  4. 4

    Polish or wax the wood to restore the natural shine. Pour 3 ml (1 tsp) of wood polish or remove the equivalent amount of a wax paste from the package onto a clean buffer cloth and rub into the wood in a circular motion. Allow the polish or wax to dry, typically half an hour, then buff with another clean cloth to shine. Repeat until the wood achieves the appearance you desire.

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