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Removing Coffee Stains from Your Rug

It tends to happen without much warning, and it is one of the more frustrating things that we may experience in our home. We just get a new rug laid down and before you know it, somebody spills something on it, and it seems as if we are never going to get it clean again.

In reality, there is a way to clean almost any type of stain from carpeting; you just need to know how to do it properly. For example, one of the more difficult stains that you may experience is a coffee stain.

If you have a coffee drinker in the home, it is likely that you are going to experience a spill at some time or another. Some of those spills can be quite severe, and when they hit the carpet, it’s time to take action. We had this problem a while after we bought a new coffee maker, we got this model http://www.coffeemakerworld.net/rapid-brew-stainless-steel-stovetop-coffee-percolator-2-6-cup/. Within 3 hours, we had a spill on our hands. Here are some tips to fix this, these are the same ones we used.

First of all, you should recognize that anytime you have a spill on the carpeting, it is no time to panic. You do need to act quickly, however, so the stain doesn’t set and become more difficult to remove.

In the case of coffee, the first thing you should do is to grab some paper towels or perhaps an old rag that you don’t mind staining and blot the stain to remove as much of the coffee as possible. It is important not to rub the stain because doing so would just serve to set the spot and make it much more difficult to remove. Don’t worry about getting all of the coffee out at this point; you just want to remove as much as possible by blotting it and soaking up the excess liquid.

The next step is to dilute the coffee that is on the carpet. You would do so by grabbing a maximum of 1 cup of cold water and flushing that part of the carpet thoroughly. Continue to blot the area with paper towels or with an old, absorbent rag. This will help to remove even more the stain and to keep it from setting even further.

Make a mixture of 1/4 cup lemon juice and 2 cups of lukewarm water. You can add a splash of dish detergent to give it a little more strength. Keep in mind; lemon juice is a wonder cleaner around the home, and you will be amazed at what it can accomplish.

Grab a clean sponge and apply the solution to it. You don’t want to completely soak the sponge with the liquid, just make sure it is damp enough so it will affect the spot.

Starting at the outside of the stain, rub the sponge in a circular motion and work your way toward the inside of the stain. The stain should be fairly light at this point.

Finish up by rinsing the area with some more cold, clean water and remove the excess moisture using an old towel. If the coffee stain is still noticeable, simply repeat the procedure until it is gone.