Coffee Stains and Your Car''s Carpet

Quality floor mats, like the custom sized vinyl and carpet types we sell here on can guard against most splashes and sprays. When the coffee cup splatters, most of the liquid is caught by the mats. Sometimes the whole cup goes and run-off hits the edges.

Not to worry, there are tried and true methods of getting these very unattractive stains out of your car's carpet (and also out of your custom carpet floor mats as well).

Things you need:

White cloth (several)
Paper Towels
Mild liquid dishwashing detergent
Some cup lukewarm water
White vinegar
Spray bottle

The white cloth is needed because you don't want the dyes from colored cloths to seep out into your carpet when working this procedure. Also you may need more than one or two. You are going to want to blot, which means no rubbing or scrubbing, because this type of stain spreads out fast when you get into the tempting vigorous scrubbing motions.

What to do:

Blot the area with a clean, white cloth to absorb all the liquid you can. Blot from the outside of the stain in to avoid spreading the stain.

Mix 1 teaspoon clear, mild liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 cup lukewarm water.

Sponge the area with the detergent solution. Blot again with a clean, white cloth.

Mix 1/3 cup white vinegar with 2/3 cup lukewarm water.

Sponge the area with the vinegar solution. Blot with a clean, white cloth.

Sponge the area with clean water. Blot with a clean, white cloth.

The white vinegar neutralizes the coffee and allows the stain to be lifted out of the carpet fibers with the blotting rag. It is a good idea to use a spray bottle (if you have one handy) to apply the vinegar solution.

Make sure you leave the car open after doing this to allow the liquid to evaporate and the smell of the vinegar to leave the car. You may want to use something like Frebreeze or some other odor remover after you have let the carpet dry.

If you still have some discoloration from the coffee stain left after doing this procedure, then moisten (using a spray bottle) the tuffs of the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide and let that stand for about an hour. Then blot the area again with a white cloth. Repeat this as needed until your carpet is stain free.

You don't have to worry about rinsing the hydrogen peroxide out of the carpet; sunlight will change the solution to water in a matter of time. If it bothers you then put down a few layers of paper towel and weigh it down with a brick or something for a few minutes.

Avoid the splatters, splashes and other stains (such as grease and slush being tracked in) by getting a quality set of floor mats for your car, truck or SUV here on

We have quality, custom sized vinyl floor mats to fit over 4000 vehicles. These are not the cheap thin plastic versions that curl and warp on the first hot day, or send your heals slipping around while you are trying to drive. These are quality, slip resistant custom shaped heavy vinyl mats that last years and protect your carpet from all kinds of life hazards.

We also have custom designer floor mats, Rubber Floor Mats and Carpet Floor mats with vinyl binding (See the side menu for other options).

All of our floor mats are the highest quality available, insuring long life, protection of your car's interior and attractive custom designs that fit your car exactly as they should.

If you use the wide bottom type car mugs with the rubber sheet that "grips the dash" to keep it in one place, you might also consider getting a dash mat as well. That rubber grips a lot better on carpet than it does on vinyl/plastic. On top of that, the dash mats save your dash from heat, UV and other aging troubles.

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