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How to Remove Coffee and Tea Stains

Who doesn’t love a hot cup of coffee to start their day? Or love a hot cup of green tea with honey when our throats are sore? While you may enjoy certain beverages like coffee, espresso and tea throughout the day, you don’t have to enjoy or live with the coffee and tea stains that occur from accidental spills. There are some easy steps you can take to get rid of stains, whether they are from coffee, green tea, black tea or espresso.

How to Remove Coffee and Tea Stains

Remove Coffee and Tea Stains: Step by Step Tutorial

  • Blot up any excess liquid with a clean, dry cloth
  • Pick a Persil detergent and stain remover that works for the clothing type and color
  • Pre-treat the stain
  • Wash in cold water
  • Check the stain

Pick a Detergent and Stain Remover

First, check the care label on your clothing and make sure it is washable. If it is, use Persil Universal Gel or Persil Universal Powder. For colored clothing, choose Persil Color Powder.


After pre-treating the stain, wash the fabric in the hottest water temperature possible with your selected Persil detergent.

With these types of stains, cold water may be an option for removing coffee stains from clothes when soaking. However, the hottest water possible should be used for washing. Most stains will come out of your clothing after just one wash. If the stain is still present after the first wash.


Getting Coffee and Tea Stains Out of Special Laundry Types and Fabrics

The steps above work well for getting tea and coffee stains out of shirts, pants and even sheets. However, if you’ve accidentally spilled on a surface that can’t be washed in the machine, like your couch or on a large comforter, you’ll want to pre-treat the area as normal, then rinse the area with cold water, dabbing the stain until it lifts from the surface.

Special fabrics may require different types of care as well. Cotton and polyester are typically tough fabrics, but delicate materials like silk may require handwashing.


Removing Coffee and Tea Stains From Different Colored Fabrics and Laundry

When using a Persil detergent, always check the color fastness of your fabric before you attempt to get rid of the stain. The fabric may bleed or become damaged if it does not react well with the stain remover.

When washing and removing coffee stains from white fabrics, follow the step-by-step directions carefully. When blotting the stain, use a clean, dry, white cloth to do so. A colored cloth may help remove the stain, but it could also bleed onto the white piece of clothing and cause more damage.

Homemade and Natural Stain Removers for Coffee and Tea Stains

Homemade and natural stain removers may be able to help you remove coffee and tea stains, but they may also cause more harm than good. Vinegar can damage washing machine parts over time. Hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice can alter the color of the clothing. Rubbing alcohol may damage the fibers of some delicate materials. Instead of relying on homemade stain removers, use a detergent made to get rid of stains.

Accidentally spill your cup of coffee or tea? Don’t worry; taking care of that stain is simple with these steps.

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