How do you remove coffee stains from clothing?


Quick Answer

Remove coffee stains from linen or cotton fabric by blotting the excess liquid, pretreating with a laundry stain remover, rinsing with water, applying rubbing alcohol and rinsing again. Allow the stain to air dry, and check for remaining residue. Once the stain is gone, launder normally.

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  1. Blot the coffee away

    Use a paper towel, napkin or other absorbent material to soak up the excess coffee as quickly as possible.

  2. Pretreat the stain

    Once home, where you can remove the garment, use a laundry pretreatment liquid or stick to pretreat the stain. Allow the product to work at least 15 minutes before rinsing in water.

  3. Apply rubbing alcohol

    Pour rubbing alcohol over the stain to help dissolve it. Rinse the garment again with water, and allow it to air dry. Do not place the garment in a dryer after applying the alcohol to prevent setting the stain.

  4. Check for complete removal

    Check the area for complete removal of the stain. If the coffee contained cream, use the stain removal procedures for remaining milk and cream. If oily spots remain, pour corn meal over the dry garment to absorb the oil. Once you remove all traces of the stain, wash and dry the garment per the directions on the care label.

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