How to get coffee stains out of upholstery and carpets?

Most people can’t imagine starting the day without a hot cup of coffee. Spilling your morning beverage can be really disruptive and cleaning coffee stains from your carpet or couch even more so.

Coffee stains are most common on your clothes but a lot of times we enjoy drinking it on the couch and when you spill it, coffee goes all over the couch and every so often the carpet gets damaged too. In this article, we will teach you how to get rid of coffee stains from your upholstery and carpet in a few easy steps. We prepared tricks for cleaning both fresh and dried up coffee stains. 

Coffee stains on upholstery may seem like a disaster but if you have these ingredients at home you can save the situation:

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Paper towels or cloths
  • Soap, detergent or stain remover
  • Lemon juice 
  • Baking soda 

Fresh coffee stains on your upholstery

Fresh coffee stains are the easiest to clean because the coffee hasn’t soaked into your couch yet. When dealing with fresh coffee stains on your upholstery be careful with the products you apply and the techniques you use. It is really important that you don’t scrub the stain on your couch because you might push it deeper into the materials.

You should damp it with a clean paper towel or cloth. If you act fast enough, this can save your couch and leave no stain after that. But if your coffee left a brown spot you should make a mixture and treat the area with it. 

To clean your furniture or carpet mix two cups of water with 1/4 cup of lemon juice or 1/3 cup of white vinegar. Apply the mixture onto the contaminated area and remove the remaining stain with a sponge. Be careful when you clean with the sponge not to harm the material of your couch.

If your upholstery is still stained we advise you to call a professional upholstery cleaning company. Reaching out to professionals is especially recommended when you have a natural fabric couch at home – mainly if you don’t know how to clean suede sofas for example.

Dried coffee stains on your upholstery

But what happens when you are in a hurry and don’t have time to clean the mess. You come back from work and the coffee stain is already dried on the couch. For the dried stains you need a stronger cleaning solution. Combine water, liquid laundry detergent, and white vinegar only if the stain is really stuck in the fabric.

First, wet the stained area and add a few drops of laundry detergent while gently rubbing that on the stain. Use your fingers and not a sponge or cloth! Let it sit for five minutes and gently dab the solution with a cloth or a clean paper towel. If the stain is stuck, repeat the process until your couch is clean. 

And don’t worry, even if this doesn’t help with the nasty stain on your upholstery from the first attempt. Try mixing a few drops of white wine vinegar with powdered laundry detergent until they form a paste. Rub the mixture gently into the damaged area with a soft toothbrush and let it sit for some minutes, before wiping it away.

Coffee stains on carpets

Carpets get the most traffic at home. Everyone walks on them and consequently they see a lot of spills. With coffee stains on carpets, the deal is the same as with upholstery.

The sooner you treat the stain, the better results you will have. But we know that we can’t always clean the stain on the carpet immediately after it happens, so we will tell you how to treat dry coffee carpet stains too. The ingredients for a wet spot are pretty much the same as for upholstery cleaning.

You will need:

  • Clean white cloths or paper towels
  • Water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • White vinegar

As we mentioned before when you treat coffee stains, always start by gently blotting the affected area with clean paper or cloth. Make sure you are not scrubbing the carpet as this will affect it. Spray some water on the stain using a spray bottle and continue blotting until you see that your carpet is clean.  When all the coffee is lifted out gently dry your carpet with a dryer on low heat. 

Combine water, liquid laundry detergent, and white vinegar only if the stain is really stuck in the fabric.

Carpets are many different types, that is why we should always test a cleaning product before applying it on the carpet. Some products may damage the fabric and colours. 

When dealing with dried coffee stains on carpets we suggest that you prepare a mixture of white vinegar, liquid dish soap and water with a ratio of 1:1:1. Apply this mixture on the stain and blot it with a clean paper towel. Repeat this process until the brown colour on your carpet is gone. Dry the spot with a dryer on low heat. 

However, sometimes we can’t fight the stains alone and we need to call professionals. Clean Expert is a professional cleaning company that you can trust fully with every cleaning service you need. Get a quote or call us and we will make your home clean and sparkling!


  • George Kosev

    George Kossev is a highly experienced and dedicated carpet cleaning specialist with over 15 years of expertise in providing top-quality carpet care solutions. As the owner of Clean Expert, George has built a reputation for excellence, reliability, and unparalleled customer service in the carpet cleaning industry.