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The Best Way to Get a Coffee Stain Out of a Wall

Updated February 21, 2017

Stains are the scourge of an otherwise clean house. However it got there, if you have a coffee stain tarnishing your wall's good image, you need something more substantial than a damp paper towel to remove the offending mark. Fortunately, removing even the stain of a dark French roast is an uncomplicated process. You also can take precautions to prevent any future caffeine-induced spills from staining your surfaces.

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  1. Spray the stain with a household cleaner and follow the instructions; some cleaners require a short amount of time to set in. If using a mild, non-spray detergent, work it into a soft-bristle brush with warm water to create suds.

  2. Scrub the stain using a soft-bristle brush. Scrub from side-to-side in overlapping strokes for maximum effectiveness.

  3. Wet and wring out a paper towel. Use it to wipe down the wall, rinsing away the cleaner and the stain.

  4. Paint over any patches where the stain has become permanent. Use a roller and a semigloss, zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint that matches your wall. Paints like these not only cover your stain, but protect the wall against future mishaps.

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Things You'll Need

  • Household spray cleaner or mild detergent
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Paper towel
  • Small paint roller
  • Semigloss, zero-VOC paint

About the Author

Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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