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How to Remove Coffee Stains

Coffee is great for keeping you going even on the busiest of days. But when you’re trying to do five things at once with a full cup in your hand, the occasional accident is inevitable. Suddenly there’s a brown, very visible stain on your shirt. But fear not! Removing coffee stains is easier than you might think, and OMO is on hand to help.

Below are some great tips on how to get coffee stains out of clothes. Remember to always try any treatments on a hidden piece of fabric before treating the whole stain, and check the care label before you begin: some delicate fabrics such as silk may require special care. 

How to remove coffee stains: step by step

  1. Blot: the first step when you want to take to remove coffee stains is to blot the stain, either using a damp cloth or a bit of kitchen paper. This will help remove some of the chemicals that give the coffee its colour.
  2. Rinse: flush the affected area with cold water. You want to avoid using warm water, as this can set the stain into the fabric. When removing a coffee stain, focus on the back of the stain to avoid pushing it further into the fabric.
  3. Pre-treat: white vinegar is a good household remedy for removing many different marks, including coffee stains. Together with something like OMO Hand Wash Powder it can be very efficient pre-treatment. Make a paste out of equal parts washing powder, water and vinegar and rub it into the stain. Leave it for a few minutes and then wash the paste off in cool water. Alternatively, you can use a little bit of lemon juice to treat a coffee stain. Just remember to rinse the stain first as if you take sugar in your coffee then it could react with the lemon juice to cause a tougher mess.
  4. Wash with detergent: once you’ve pre-treated your stain it’s time to wash your clothing. Remember to rinse the item first to remove any of the pre-treatment solution and put in the washing machine on a normal, low temperature cycle (30-40°C is normally recommended). Try using a detergent designed for stain removal like OMO Auto Liquid. It’s also great as a pre-treatment if you want something quicker and easier than the vinegar or lemon juice methods.

Once you've washed your clothes it’s a good idea to let the item dry in the sun if you can, as the sunlight may actually help to remove the last few signs of the stain and applying heat to the garment via a tumble dryer could actually set any remaining stain marks further.If there are any remaining marks then you can repeat the steps above until you get the results you desire. Then all that’s left is trying to avoid any future coffee stains!