Step one, you will need white cloths or a white kitchen towel, water, a spray bottle, a sponge, some rubber gloves, a teaspoon, some mild carpet shampoo, a mixing bowl or jug, a heavyweight like a book, and you might also need a plastic bag.
Step two, blot up coffee. Take action as soon as you can after the spillage. The longer you leave a stain to dry, the tougher it will be to remove. Blot up as much of the coffee as possible with some kitchen towel.
Step three, check carpet type. Different carpets react in different ways to stay removal techniques. Using the wrong removal method could cause the stain to become permanent or leave a worse mark than the stain itself. Liquid treatments can severely damage carpets made of natural materials such as grass, sisal, or wool. If you’re in any doubt as to your carpet suitability, contact a professional carpet cleaner.
Before applying any solution to your carpet, you should always do a patch test. Choose an out of the way area of the carpet and apply a small amount. Wait a few minutes to ensure that problems don’t develop. If your carpet starts to go brown or lighter in color, immediately rinse the solution with cold water. Do not continue and call a professional.
Step four, carpet cleaning products. There are many good carpet cleaning products on the market, but experts tend to be wary of using them. They’re not staying specific and may include ingredients which do not apply to your stain and could do more harm than good.
Step five, dampen carpet. Fill a spray bottle with warm water and spray lightly over the stain. Make sure that the water isn’t too hot. Hot water could set the stain. If you don’t have a spray bottle to hand, apply warm water to a sponge, and gently dab it on the stain. Be careful not to over saturate the carpet. Blot and repeat.
Step six, if the stain remains. If the stain hasn’t been completely removed, add a quarter of a teaspoon of the carpet shampoo to a liter of warm water. If you don’t have carpet shampoo, dilute a quarter of a teaspoon of any mild colorless washing detergent instead. Remember to carry out a patch test.
Step seven, massage the stain. Next, dampen a white cloth with the solution and lay it over the stain. Handy hint, use the bottom of a spoon to massage the solution into the stain. This will protect your carpet’s fibers from the damage caused by excessive scrubbing. Work from the outside of the stain in. This will prevent the stain from spreading. Blot the dampened area with a fresh white cloth or kitchen towel. Repeat until no more of the stain will come away.
Step eight, rinse. To finish, spray with clean water to rinse the carpet. It’s important to do this as any remaining detergent will attract dirt. Be careful not to over-wet the carpet. Blot and repeat until the detergent is gone.
Step nine, complete absorption. To ensure that the stain is completely lifted and any remaining dampness is removed, stack a few pieces of kitchen towel over the stain. Cover with a heavyweight like a book. If the weight is colored or porous, put a plastic bag between it and the kitchen towel. This will protect the weight and prevent its dye from leaking into the carpet.
Step ten, wait. Leave the weight on the damp patch ideally overnight. The stain should now be completely gone. Done.