How to Remove Old Coffee Stains From Fabric

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Coffee stains can be difficult to remove from fabric.
Coffee stains can be difficult to remove from fabric. (Image: coffee in coffee image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

One of the most practical housekeeping jobs is fighting stains, especially if you have small children and pets. But sometimes, the stain you’re fighting is more of an adult stain, such as coffee. If coffee has spilled onto a fabric or cloth item, such as a shirt or cloth napkin, you should act quickly to remove the stain. If you didn’t get to it right away, there's still hope when it comes to removing old coffee stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Cold water
  • Prewash stain remover
  • Laundry detergent
  • Enzyme laundry detergent (optional)
  • Chlorine bleach (optional)

Soak the stained fabric in cold water for at least 30 minutes.

Rub a prewash stain removing product directly onto the stain.

Wash the fabric item in the washing machine with regular laundry detergent. If there was milk in the spilled coffee, use an enzyme laundry detergent. If possible, add a small amount of chlorine bleach. Make sure this won’t damage the fabric first by checking the washing instructions on the tag.

Allow the fabric item to air dry. Using the dryer could permanently set in any remaining coffee stain.

Repeat this process if you still see any of the coffee stain once the fabric is completely dry.

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