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How to Remove Tea and Coffee Stains From Your Carpet

The tea vs coffee debate is always raging here in the UK, but there’s one thing that both camps can agree on: they’re both an absolute pain to get out of the carpet.

Whether it was an overzealous dog that knocked your cup over or just a momentary lapse of concentration on your part, tea and coffee spills can happen to the best of us, and they do – all the time. Don’t worry though! T

he John Frederick team is here to help you reverse the damage.

cup of coffee on blue flooring

A fresh stain

If you’re able to catch the stain as soon as it starts forming, then this gives you the best possible chance to remove it without a huge headache.

The first thing that you’re going to want to do is find a fresh cloth or some paper towels and wet them.

Once you’re at the site of the spill armed and ready, simply start blotting gently around the stain, carefully working your way into the centre. You might not notice any changes immediately but stick with it – the stain should eventually start to lift.

Warning: whatever you do, don’t scrub the stain – this will only serve to cement it into your carpet fibres and make it even more difficult to remove in the long run.

Only blot, never scrub.

Once the cloth or the towels you’re using begin to dry, add a little more cold water to the stain and carry on blotting.

If you continue to blot the stain with a dry cloth, this may end up doing more harm than good.

If you’ve blotted the stain for over ten minutes and it hasn’t gone entirely, then move on to the next section for a slightly more heavy-duty solution.

coffee stain on black carpet

A dry stain

The only thing worse than spilling tea or coffee on your carpet is coming home to find that someone else did it several hours ago.

A dry tea or coffee stain is a completely different beast to a fresh one and requires a different approach.

At this point, you’re welcome to try a carpet stain remover product that you’ve had success with in the past, but if you don’t have anything of the sort in your cupboards and don’t want to pop to the shops, then we have a DIY solution for you:

  • Take a tablespoon of white vinegar, around a tablespoon of washing-up liquid and mix them together with around two small glasses of water. This bootleg carpet stain remover might not look as flashy as the stuff you find in supermarkets, but it can still get the job done.
  • Once you’ve mixed the solution in a suitable container, get a sponge or a cloth and dip it in. From here, it’s also about using the same technique as we outlined in the previous section – gentle blotting around the edges of the stain until you’ve made your way to the centre.
  • You can also add in some dry blotting with a separate cloth or paper towel just so you don’t completely saturate the stain. This should help to gently lift it out of your carpet.

If you’re looking for a leading carpet cleaning company in Hampstead, Stanmore, Pinner & London, look no further than John Frederick. With decades of experience in the industry, you can count on us to always leave your carpets looking as good as new. Give us a call today for a free quote. John Frederick’s are expert carpet, upholstery, curtain & blind cleaners. They also supply a wide range of curtains & blinds and carpet & flooring options to customers throughout London.

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