Coffee is a popular beverage that most people enjoy several times a day. It helps in fighting sleepiness and lethargy. Drinking coffee multiple times a day can also increase the chance spilling coffee. For coffee stains on common fabrics like cotton and synthetic, the following tips can be handy.
Removal of coffee stains from synthetic material
In comparison to silk, leather or fur, synthetic fabrics have higher durability. Acrylic, modacrylic, nylon, polyester, spandex and olefin are varieties of synthetic material, and removal of coffee stains from these is fairly simple.
• Use a clean, dry cloth to blot the excess coffee
• Prepare a solution of ½ teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 1 quart warm water and I tablespoon of white vinegar
• Soak the stain the solution for 15 minutes
• Use warm water to rinse the stain
• To clear any remaining stains, rub alcohol using a sponge
• Finally, give it a normal wash
Continue to repeat the process a couple of times unless the stain is totally removed. Apart from stains that are old, the process should ideally be able to remove coffee stains one or two times through the steps. It is advisable to prevent the stains from drying up before their complete removal.
Removal of coffee stains from cotton material
Cotton is a favorite for its sturdiness, comfort and breathable qualities. People who work for long hours prefer cotton for the comfort it offers while wearing it. Following are some steps that are helpful in stain removal from cotton:
• Use a dry, clean cloth to clear up the excess coffee
• Use a commercial stain remover to pre-treat the area with the stain
• Wash the clothes immediately, as one would wash normally
The following steps can be used to remove the stains in case the person does not have a commercial stain remover at home. These steps are very similar to those mentioned under stain removal from synthetic material, barring a few variations:
• Clear the excess coffee using a clean, dry cloth
• Make a solution containing a tablespoon on white vinegar, ½ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and a quart of warm water
• Soak the stained cloth in the solution for 15 minutes
• Rinse the area with the stain, using warm water
• Rub alcohol with the help of a sponge on the remaining stain
• Use warm water to rinse the material once again
• Dry the material
• Finally, give the material a normal wash
There is also another method of stain removal from cotton fabrics. This method is used under conditions when the first two processes have failed to remove the coffee stains thoroughly or if one does not possess a commercial stain remover. The third method consists of the following steps:
• Stretch the fabric that has been stained over a bowl by using a rubber band
• Pour 200 degree F water over the stained area, use a temperature display kettle to be sure of the temperature
People should always be careful before applying this method. They must keep in mind that the temperature of water suggested for the washing of the cloth is acceptable for cotton. However, water at this temperature can also cause damage to the dye of the fabric and discoloration of the material.
Finally, the important point for all the three is that the material should not be allowed to dry unless the complete removal of the stain. Also, one must ensure they are carrying out the steps in the recommended steps in the right order. If they are not done with the right approach, it might further damage the clothing.
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