Depending on the colour of your carpet, spilling coffee on it can really be a nightmare scenario. Whether you’re late for work, clearing up after a dinner party, or simply relaxing on the sofa, accidents can happen at any time.

The key here is how fast you treat the stain. The longer the coffee is able to soak in, the harder it will be to remove, so it is very important to react fast!


  1. Firstly, using a paper towel or clean cloth you will need to blot the stain to absorb as much of the liquid as possible.
  1. The next step is to mix together a tablespoon of vinegar, 2 or 3 cups of warm wate, and a tablespoon of dishwasher liquid
  1. Mix the solution together thoroughly and start blotting the stain from the outside, and then working your way to the centre of the stain.
  1. After applying the solution, you can then wash away with clean water. You will generally have to carry on with the blotting process for 5 – 10 minutes in order to completely remove all trace of the coffee stain.
  1. Using a reasonable heavy object, secure several paper towels on top of the stained area and leave until completely dry.

TOP TIP – Your standard dishwashing liquid is mild strength and should not cause any issue. However, it may be an idea to test the solution on a very small area of carpet behind the door, or better still an off cut first.

An popular and safe alternative to dishwashing liquid is a baking soda – if you don’t feel confident with dishwashing liquid, then you might prefer to use this instead.


Removing Old Stains

If you are trying to remove an old coffee stain from your carpet, you can use the above steps – with a fair bit more elbow grease!

If you carpet is wool or a woolen blend, then try mixing a few drops of a mild soap solution with water. You can then sponge the solution onto the stained area thoroughly, and then blot away with paper towels or a dry clean cloth.

If the carpet is not made from wool, then you can try using ammonia – you will need to mix one tablespoon of ammonia with a cup of water. Again, it might be worth testing the solution first on an inconspicuous area of the carpet before using on the stained area. You will need to blot the solution on to the stain, and then wait for approximately 5 minutes. Then blot away the solution until dry, and again secure a heavy object on top of several paper towels or similar until completely dry.

If you are having problems with getting your carpets clean around the home in Manchester, then why not try the team at Johnson House Cleaners. We are based in Radcliffe, but cover many local areas which include Bury, Walmersley, Heywood, Whitefield, Prestwich, Radcliffe, Little Lever, and Crumpsall.