One quick question before we get to our tips on how to remove coffee stains from carpet. Have you ever heard the phrase a “cup of Joe” used for coffee?

Where did that come from? Who is Joe? Why not a cup of Steve? Or a cup of Bob?

In 1914 Josephus Daniels was Secretary of the Navy. That year Daniels banned all US Navy ships from serving alcoholic beverages. Sailors weren’t too pleased with this and turned to the next strongest drink available on board which was coffee.

The sailors then referred to their cups of coffee as a “cup of Joe” in reference to Secretary Daniels. “Cup of Josephus” isn’t quite as catchy.

Mystery solved. Now, on to our tips for how to remove coffee stains …

Everyone loves their morning cup of coffee. Or their two or three or seven morning cups of coffee. You’re drinking a cup of coffee right now, aren’t you?

Coffee is a great pick-me-up for the morning. It gives you just that little boost you need to get to work on time or get Billy and Susie onto the bus on time. But sometimes we drink our morning coffee in a hurry and sometimes we spill it on ourselves or on our carpet.

The good news is that coffee spills and coffee stains are not too bad. Coffee is water-based and water-based stains can be easy to remove if you address them immediately and use the proper techniques. Find out how we remove stains from our website.

To remove coffee stains before they dry you want to act fast. After the coffee is spilled you should grab a plain white cloth and get it damp with water. Now blot the stain with the cloth. You don’t want to scrub. Scrubbing can wear down the carpet fibers and grind the stain deeper into the carpet.

Blot the stain for a little while. Sometimes water alone will remove coffee stains. Water is the safest and easiest method for removing stains.

If after a little while the stain is still on the carpet you should turn to a different cleaning solution or method.

Solutions to Remove Coffee Stains

Baking Soda

Find a bowl or dish in your kitchen and fill it with water and baking soda. Mix the water and the baking soda together to create a paste.

Once you have a nice baking soda paste you can spread it over the coffee stain. Let the paste sit on the stain until it has dried.

When the paste dries it will become crumbled. You can then vacuum the paste right off of the carpet. The paste should also have absorbed the coffee stain.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is an acetic acid that is organic and safe for fabrics and carpet. We recommend white vinegar for a lot of carpet stains. We recommend it to remove coffee stains too.

Find an empty spray bottle in your home. If you don’t have an empty one, perhaps clean out a different one. We recommend owning one or two spray bottles for carpet stain removal.

Fill the empty spray bottle with white vinegar and water to create a natural cleaning solution. Then lightly spray the solution over the stain.

Club Soda

Club soda uses its carbonation to work as a great cleaning solution. The bubbles from carbonation penetrate liquid and solid stains and lift the dirt off the fabric or carpet surface.

In fact, carbonation is the inspiration for the Champion Chem-Dry Tampa carpet cleaning process. Our methods rely solely on “the power of carbonation” to effectively clean carpet with drier, cleaner and healthier results.

To remove coffee stains, just blot the stain with some club soda on a white cloth or use a spray bottle and mist the stain.

The club soda should lift the coffee from the carpet.


Salt doesn’t just make your meatloaf taste better. Salt is great at absorbing liquids too and odds are you have some in your home.

Pour a little salt right over the coffee stain. Let the salt and the stain sit for a little while.

Once the salt absorbs the stain you can vacuum the area.

Champion Chem-Dry offers professional carpet cleaning in Tampa, FL.