How to Clean Coffee Spilled in Your Car

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 at 8:00 am
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Removing Coffee Stains

You’re driving to work, grab your coffee to take a drink and hit a pothole, the coffee mug slips out of your hand, resulting in coffee spilling all over your seat. If this or something similar has occurred in your vehicle and your precious upholstery is threatened with a stain, you have to act fast to save the day and maintain the value of your car. Let’s go through step-by-step instructions for removing coffee stains.

Step 1: Blot the Coffee

It is important to treat the spill as soon as possible to avoid creating a set-in stain. Grab a towel and blot the spill in an attempt to soak up as much of the spill as possible. Make sure you do this right away because once the coffee dries, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to remove the stain.

Step 2: Rub the Stain with Cleaning SolutionGloved hand scrubbing leather car seat with sponge

Now it’s time to grab a bowl and create your cleaning solution. It is recommended to use 1/3 cup of white vinegar, 2/3 cup of water and a few squirts of dish soap. Mix the ingredients together, head to the car and apply the solution to the stain. Grab a fresh hand towel, sponge or stiff-bristled brush and work on the stain, then let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes before the next step.

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Step 3: Soak the Seat with Water and Blot

After letting the solution sit, grab a bowl of clean water and soak it on the stain. Make sure you have another clean towel and blot the wet spot so that the coffee leaves brown marks on the towel. You know you’re done with this step when no more coffee gets on the towel.

Step 4: Blow Dry

Grab your hairdryer and put it on the low setting to dry the wet spot. If the forecast is clear, you can leave the windows open to create more airflow in the vehicle.

Step 5: Take Care of that Smell

By this point, your car probably smells like a mixture of coffee and vinegar. Obviously, you want to remove this scent and get the car back to its normal smell. You can purchase an odor absorber or use baking soda to help fight the smell.

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