LEAVE NO STAIN BEHIND
If you are anything like me, when putting on khakis, white shirts, or basically anything that will show a stain, you know it will quickly be ruined. Like a moth to a flame, dark colored liquid seems attracted to light colored clothing.
Must be the reason these stain resistant pants were invented.
For those of you not in the market for futuristic pants, some good folks on the World Wide Web have conveniently put together a laundry, hehe, list of stain removing remedies.
The knowledgeable people Good Housekeeping say;
Sponge the stain with cool water, or soak the garment in cool water for 30 minutes. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover, and launder as usual (if your coffee had milk or cream in it, make sure you use an detergent with enzymes). Add chlorine bleach, if its safe for the fabric.
Cleanipedia.com has a bit more to say on the subject.
If you spill coffee, act fast and blot the stain to remove excess liquid. The faster you can treat a coffee stain, the easier it will be to remove.
1) Blot the coffee stain. If the stain is fresh and still damp, blot it quickly with either a paper towel or some tissues. This will help remove excess liquids, along with some of the chemicals in coffee that give the stain its colour. This step also will make the next steps more likely to work well.
2) Rinse the stain with cold water. If it's an item of clothing, run it under the cold tap through the back of the stain for three to five minutes. Rub the stain gently every minute or so – this will help to loosen more stubborn marks. Repeat this action 2 to 3 times to remove fresher stains. If you have a fresh or smaller carpet stain, run some cold water over it and rub it gently to loosen the stain.
3) Add detergent to treat the coffee stain. If the stain is still there, rub in a small amount of liquid laundry detergent while the surface is still moist. Once you've gently rubbed the detergent into the stain, leave it to set for a few minutes. This will be especially good for older stains. After five minutes, gently rub the stain between your fingers again to help loosen it. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.
4) Try using vinegar to remove the stain. If your stain persists after treating it with detergent, then try using this mixture to treat the stain. Mix some powdered laundry detergent with equal parts of white vinegar and water. Mix it all into a paste. Test the mixture on a part of the garment that doesn't normally show in order to make sure it won't discolour the fabric. If it does, move straight to the next step. If there's no danger of discolouration, rub the paste into the stain. Use a toothbrush, nailbrush, or other brush to gently scrub both sides of the stain. Rinse the fabric thoroughly.
5) Use a stain stick. If you've tried everything above and your stain is still visible, apply a stain stick and leave to sit for a few minutes. These products are intended to help fight tough stains. Again, remember to test any new product on a small part of the garment first to make sure that it won’t discolour or harm the fabric. After 5 to 10 minutes, wash the garment normally with a commercial laundry detergent, like Persil small & mighty. Make sure to follow normal washing instructions. Before drying the garment in a tumble dryer, check to make sure that the stain has been removed – heat will set the stain.
And if you are looking for a home remedy, homeremedyhacks.com says Vinegar will do the job.
Vinegar not only removes coffee stains but is equally effective in removing stains of juices, tea, etc from upholstery, carpets and other fabrics. Just dip a soft towel in white vinegar and blot the mark until it is completely clean. Rinse the cloth thoroughly with water to remove the unpleasant smell of vinegar.
For large and hard coffee stains, mix vinegar and water in 3:1 ratio. Soak the cloth in the prepared solution for at least 8-9 hours (or overnight). Wash off as you wash your cloth, the following day.
Do you have a surefire way to remove coffee stains? We'd love to hear about it in the comments.