How To Remove Coffee Stains from a Car's Interior

Most people drink their coffee while driving to work. On any normal day, there will be instances that you make a mistake and accidentally spill your coffee onto the interiors of your car like the leather dashboard or cloth upholstery. Coffee stains, if not treated right, can leave your car interior looking like a disaster area. Whether you have leather or cloth upholstery and interior, there are a variety of ways to remove the coffee stains once it happens.

Leather or Vinyl

  1. Removing stains from leather and vinyl is quite different from removing stains from cloth or fabric upholstery or interiors. If your coffee has spilled onto your leather seats or vinyl interior, the very first thing to do is to pull over and stop the car.
  2. Get a paper towel and start lifting the wet stain away from the vinyl or leather surface. Do not wipe or scrub it, as this will spread the stain that will make it worse.
  3. After blotting and lifting the stain away, get a clean cloth or towel and dampen it with a solution of water and liquid detergent. Since most of the stain has been lifted and absorbed by the paper towel, you can now wipe the cloth with the detergent and water solution on the stained surface. Do not wipe outward, as you really do not want the stain to spread to a larger part of the surface. Start wiping the cloth outside of the stain going in.
  4. Dry the stain after with a paper towel. Blot and lift is the way to go.
  5. Apply commercial leather cleaner if the stain is not removed by the process. These can be found at any home, auto, or hardware supply store. It comes with instructions that you can follow.

Cloth and Fabric

  1. If the coffee stain is fresh on your cloth or fabric upholstery, get a paper towel and start blotting and lifting the stain away. It is basically the same process as leather. Do not wipe so as not to spread the stain.
  2. Apply a solution consisting of 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water on the stain. Spray or pour a small amount on the stain. Use a dry paper towel to blot and lift away afterwards. The paper towel along with the cleaning solution should absorb the stain.
  3. After that, you can top the stain removal off by applying a solution consisting of warm water and liquid detergent. Apply it with a sponge and scrub it outside going in. Dry the area off with a paper towel afterwards.
  4. If all else fails, purchase a commercial cleaner specific to removing stains from fabric. There are many brands available at your local hardware supply store. Apply as instructed in the packaging.

Whether your car interior is leather, vinyl, or fabric, you can remove the stain easily if you act fast and enact the right solutions and procedures. If possible, always prepare and carry these cleaning solutions in your car for stain emergencies like this.


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