The staple of every office – a steaming mug of strong coffee. Whether you drink it to keep you awake or as an excuse to take a walk away from your desk, coffee can be a menace when it comes to stains. There’s no need to get rid of the coffee machine, however. Here’s some handy tips to keep the coffee stains at bay.
Thankfully, the mug of coffee your co-worker accidentally knocked out of your hand was lukewarm. Not so thankfully, it went all over the office carpet. All is not lost, however, as there’s a way to stop the stain setting. Firstly, blot the spill with kitchen roll or a tea towel. Then, you can mix dish soap with a little bit of white vinegar and dilute it with some warm water. Use a cloth to dab at the stain with the mixture, blotting it in between with a dry towel. Keep doing this until the stain has gone and then dab some cold water on to rinse.
We’re all guilty of it – we don’t manage to finish a full mug of coffee and then leave it on the desk for far longer than we should. This can leave a nasty stain in the mug, which can make it look dirty. If you can give it a rinse as soon as you’re finished then you can avoid a lot of the stains, however a busy day at the office doesn’t always lend time to this. There is a simple fix if the stains start to build up – simply make a paste in the mug with baking soda and a little bit of water. Scrub at the stains and they’ll be as good as new in no time.
Coffee in the staff room means stains on any chairs or sofas. Similar to the carpet, dish soap and water will help to get the stain out. Follow the same steps as you would for the carpet, however try to avoid the white vinegar as it risks damaging the fabric. If you happen to spill coffee on your clothes, blot at the stain with a clean tea towel before soaking the stain in a solution of water, white vinegar and dish soap. Rinse the solution out and leave to dry completely before washing as normal. Don’t put clothes in the tumble dryer if there’s still a stain left, as the heat will set it in.