Coffee stains can leave a carpet looking terrible if not treated properly. This noticeable light-brown tone can easily be mistaken for a pet stain. Follow these easy to follow suggestions to remove coffee stains from your carpets. These processes will not work on decaffeinated as decaf coffee contains synthetic dies. The decaffeination process actually strips the color from the coffee so they add synthetic dyes to the coffee to make it black again.

• Dry the spot by blotting with a dry white towel. If there is a large amount of liquid in the carpet, use a larger towel and set a book or other heavy object on the towel so that the towel will wick the moisture up front the carpet and pad.

• If you have a Voy Lifetime Spotter in your home this is a great tool but if you don’t, use a mixture of vinegar, water, and a gentle non-bleach detergent. Spray, rinse, and repeat. Dry the area with a clean dry towel when you are done

• Department stores carry several products that are designed specifically for removing these types of stains. Always test the cleaner on an inconspicuous area first, in case there is color loss or other reaction with the fiber. Use only as directed and always wear gloves, as some of these cleaning products may be harmful to the skin.

Deep stains from coffee and tea have tendency to “wick” up while drying. If this happens it will be pointless to repeat the process as it will only end in more wicking. Put a small amount on a towel after the area has dried and “dab” the stain. The goal here is not to get the fibers wet again but to only clean the tips of the carpet fibers.