Do Coffee Stains Come Out?

You are in a hurry as you leave the coffee shop on the way to work and some of your coffee misses your mouth and ends up on your blouse, shirt, skirt or pants. Do coffee stains come out? That is the primary question provided that the coffee was not too hot in which case your concern would be second and third degree burns. But let’s get back to the stains.

Removing Coffee Stains

The first thing to do if you spill coffee on a garment is to rinse it in cold water rubbing gently. Repeat two or three times as needed. This advice is from the Cleanipedia web site. Here is the rest of what they say about how to remove coffee stains.

Coffee can be one of the most troublesome stains to get out of clothing and carpets, but there are several strategies you can use to treat the stain. Here’s a step-by-step approach to getting rid of a coffee stain. Depending on the age and size of your stain, more vigorous effort may be required, so simply follow each step and repeat until it’s gone.

If you cannot immediate remove the garment, blot the stain with a paper towel or tissue to remove excess liquid.

Then rinse as able with cold water for as long as 5 minutes running water from the back of the stain to the front. Rub gentle every minute or so.

Gently rub a small quantity of laundry detergent into the stain and massage. Rinse after five minutes.

A backup approach if the stain remains is to mix white vinegar with detergent, test on a corner of the fabric to make sure that it does not discolor and rub into the stain. Scrub with a brush and rinse.

Finally if nothing has worked so far try a stain stick like Persil but again test on a corner of the fabric first.

The last choice is to take the garment to a dry cleaner.

At all costs to not put the garment with any residual stain in a dryer or in the sun because heat will set the stain, permanently.

Don’t Spill in the First Place

Coffee stains in the work place are enough of an issue that Bloomberg published a review of the best spill-proof travel mug. If you want to avoid coffee stains in the first place consider this approach.

Stainless steel travel mugs can be the perfect workplace complement: The simple vessels promise to keep their cargo both warm and away from clothes and keyboards. We subjected five popular models to a battery of tests designed to simulate years of real-world use and abuse by workers.

We tested four of the bestselling and highest-rated travel mugs on Amazon-the Zojirushi SM-YAE48 Travel Mug, the Thermos Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Double Wall Direct Drink Bottle, the Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Travel Mug with Easy-Clean Lid, and the Oxo Stainless Steel LiquiSeal Travel Mug. Then we threw in a wild card entry that claims to prevent virtually all knockover spills; The Mighty Mug Solo SS.

A top of the line spill proof mug runs from $20 to $50 but these high quality items last virtually forever and if you figure in the cost of occasional dry cleaning or buying new garments when the stain don’t come out the mug is worth it!

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