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How to remove coffee stains? 

A fresh cup of coffee can be the perfect pick-me-up to start or continue a productive day. Whether you're savoring that silky smooth espresso from your favourite TASSIMO coffee machine delighting in a carefully brewed latte , there's no denying the sense of satisfaction that a quality cup of coffee brings. However, mishaps happen even to the most careful of coffee lovers, and the resulting coffee stains can be stubborn to remove.

Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's your comprehensive guide to eliminating those pesky coffee stains, keeping your clothes, carpets, and everything else coffee-proof.

Understanding Coffee Stains 

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of stain removal, let's take a moment to understand what makes coffee stains so stubborn. Coffee contains tannins, a type of polyphenol that breaks down in water. These tannins, which contribute to the colour and flavour of your coffee, bond with the fibres of your clothes or the pores of hard surfaces, creating the iconic coffee stain.

That bonding is why it's so essential to address coffee stains promptly – the longer they set, the harder they are to remove as the tannins have more time to bond.

Removing Coffee Stains from Fabrics 

Spilling coffee onto your favourite blouse or shirt can feel like a disaster. But with quick action and the right steps, it's not a lost cause.

Soak Immediately: As soon as the spill occurs, soak immediately with cold water and then blot the stain gently with a clean, dry cloth to absorb as much of the coffee as possible. Avoid rubbing the stain, as this can push it deeper into the fibres.

Pretreat with Stain Remover: Apply a stain remover to the affected area, following the instructions on the product. Do not have a stain remover at hand? Applying a small amount of liquid dish soap can also work wonders.

Wash as Usual: Wash your clothing following your usual method, making sure to abide by the garment's care instructions.

Remember to first try the stain removal method on an inconspicuous patch of fabric to ensure it doesn't cause discolouration.

Handling Coffee Stains on Hard Surfaces 

Have your countertops or tables tasted a splash of your morning brew? Here's how you can restore them to their original glory.

Wipe Immediately:Absorb the liquid quickly using a dry cloth or paper towel. Preventing the liquid from soaking into the surface is key.

Apply a Cleaning Solution:For most hard surfaces, a mixture of water, gentle dish soap, and distilled white vinegar will do the trick. Thoroughly wipe the surface with it using a microfiber cloth.

For more sensitive or special finishes, ensure to use a cleaning product suitable for the material. Checking the manufacturer's recommendations is always a good idea.

Banishing Coffee Stains from Carpets and Upholstery 

Coffee spills on carpets or upholstery need not be disastrous. Here's how to tackle them.

Blot the Spill: Using a clean, dry cloth, gently blot the spill to absorb as much liquid as you can. As with fabrics, rubbing can spread the stain further.

Use a Carpet Cleaner: Choose a cleaning solution specially formulated for carpets or upholstery. As always, test the product on a hidden area first to ensure it doesn't affect the colour.

Rinse and Dry:Rinse the area with cool water and blot dry. It's crucial to avoid over-soaking the area, which can lead to mould growth or water damage.

Those agonising coffee stains - whether on your clothes, countertops, carpets, or upholstery - need not be permanent disasters. By understanding what makes coffee stains stubborn and applying the right cleaning methods promptly, you can keep your world spick and span, even if coffee spills.


Remember, the key is acting quickly and using the correct cleaning solution for the material. But remember, a coffee-stained day is never a bad day, it just means there was coffee, and coffee is always a good idea. Especially when it's from TASSIMO delicious blends!

Happy sipping and cleaning!

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