Save your clothing, furniture, or carpet from a clumsy mistake.
Coffee spills always happen at the most inconvenient time — as you’re running out the door (late for an appointment, of course), in the middle of your dinner party, or just when you finally sat down to curl up with a book. Here’s how to fight the stain fast and get back to your life.
If you spill some on your shirt:
Sponge the stain with cool water, or soak the garment in cool water for 30 minutes. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover, and launder as usual (if your coffee had milk or cream in it, make sure you use an detergent with enzymes). Add chlorine bleach, if its safe for the fabric.
If you spot a stain on your couch:
Mix one tablespoon of liquid dish soap with two cups of cool water. Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain with the mixture. Repeat until the stain disappears, and then sponge once more with cold water and blot dry.
You can also try sponging the stain with dry-cleaning solvent. Blot until the solvent is absorbed, and repeat until the stain disappears.
If it splashes onto your carpet:
Blot up as much of the coffee as you can. Then, mix one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain with the mixture. Apply a little bit at a time, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears. Finally, sponge with cold water and blot dry.