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how to get coffee stains out?

July 13th, 2006, 08:22 PM
What a great morning I had.For once I was leaving 5 minutes before schedule for work this morning (I'm usually at the last minute) on my way to the car I spill my coffee on my beige summer dress :mad: Got back inside and changed.I rinced the dress very quickly and off i went to work.Now I put some ZOUT on it (stain remover) and put the dress in the washing machine.It did nothing,the dress has died :sad: Is there anything I can do?Other than a proper burial that is :p

jesse's mommy
July 13th, 2006, 08:26 PM
Die it black? :p

July 13th, 2006, 08:31 PM
I know,it's the first thing that pop in my mind.That is why I don't own to many light colour clothes.I always have "accidents"!But I really like that dress :(

jesse's mommy
July 13th, 2006, 08:33 PM
Well now it can be the little black dress you love.

July 13th, 2006, 08:35 PM
here are some solutions i found... never tried them though, sorry.. :o

Method One - Commercial Stain Remover
Saturate the dirty area with pretreatment laundry stain remover. Wait one minute for the product to penetrate the stain. Launder immediately.

Method Two - Vinegar
To remove coffee (and chocolate stains), mix one teaspoon of white vinegar in one quart of cold water. Sponge on stain and wipe clean.

Method Three - Egg Yolk Solution
Mix the yolk of an egg and a few drops of alcohol with a little warm water. Rub mixture on the stain with a sponge.

Method Four - Baking Soda
Sprinkle a little baking soda on a wet dishcloth to quickly remove coffee and tea stains.

Of the four methods, commercial stain removers do the best job. The other three are effective if you don't have access to laundry supplies -- a restaurant, for instance.

One final tip: if posssible never let a coffee stain set. The more dry the stain, the more rotten your chances are of removing it.

July 13th, 2006, 08:39 PM
Vinegar again!!

My dad is convinced of the all mighty benefits of vinegar. He cooks, cleans, disinfects everything in vinegar. His whole house smells of vinegar.

I installed his a/c in my house. When i turned it on, the smells of vinegar shot through the house.

I'd try the vinegar, F! There are no coffee stains on my dad's shirts.

July 13th, 2006, 09:12 PM
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Good Luck!! Sorry... I'm actually laughing at myself. Our dress code at work involves white collared or polo shirts... I have gone through sooo many of them because of coffee stains. Nothing gets them entirely out.

July 13th, 2006, 09:13 PM
As a last resort, soak the whole dress in coffee. You'd just get a darker beige dress out of it.

July 14th, 2006, 11:35 AM
I will try the vinegar for sure!I clean EVERYTHING with vinegar!Dripping the whole dress in coffee is not a bad idea either :p Puppyluv,I could NEVER work somewhere if I had to wear white.I'M like a kids,it takes about 10 minutes and I got dirty.Sometimes I get to work and bang,a stain,I don't even know how it got there.You can be sure I never eat spaghetti on a first date :D

Dog Dancer
July 14th, 2006, 12:55 PM
lol - Glasslass I love your idea!! It actually sounds like it would work. I'd try the vinegar first though. I find when I use Shout on stains it says to spray and wash right away but I let it sit overnight first - that may not be good with an acidic vinegar though.

July 14th, 2006, 01:19 PM
Puppyluv,I could NEVER work somewhere if I had to wear white.I'M like a kids,it takes about 10 minutes and I got dirty.Sometimes I get to work and bang,a stain,I don't even know how it got there.You can be sure I never eat spaghetti on a first date :D

And don't forget WHERE i work! Not to mention the black pants/skirt/shorts we have to wear.... good? no... the other day I had just steamed a litre of milk to a perfect microfoam, at 190 F, and what happens? I knock the entire thing over all over myself. Then there's the bloody mocha syrup... ALWAYS get that all over my shirt..... all I can say is thank god for green aprons... I should wear one everywhere I go..:rolleyes:

July 14th, 2006, 01:54 PM
or those plastic lobster-bibs :D

i often tell my BF to change in the mornings, depending on what i pack for lunch (no whites or creams when there is pasta sauce!), he is the messiest eater ever, LOL! i guess i am second... :rolleyes:

July 16th, 2006, 07:06 PM
Thanks TD for the "recipes",I tried 2 of them.For future references;they don't work!(or maybe they do but right after the spill) I've tried the vinager and water and the backing soda.So I will dye my dress black (like I don't have enough black already :mad: ) and will make sure to wear black while I'm dying it!

July 16th, 2006, 07:31 PM
Frenchy, I'm feeling your pain right now. I took off my apron for two minutes today, and during that time, I spilt a quad allonge espresso all over myself (that would be 4 long shots of espresso) and then a large chai tea (black tea stains as much as coffee).... soo my shirt is dead, and I don't even want to mention the burns I got on the insides of my thighs from it.:(

July 16th, 2006, 07:58 PM
I found this in Hailey's Hints and it sounds as if it may just work:

"Spray the area with hairspray. Rub with a bar of soap and rinse in cold water." Warm and hot water will just set the stain so trying what is suggested may be the key.

July 16th, 2006, 10:04 PM
awe frenchy that's too bad... some stains you can never get out, no matter what. oil is the worst :eek: and coffee is also terrible. RIP dear beautiful white dress!!

July 18th, 2006, 11:24 AM
koalat,I tried the hairspray and soap thing yesterday,didn't work.With everything I put on that dress,you would think I was making a cake!So it's going to be black soon :D Thanks everyone for your help.

July 18th, 2006, 11:27 AM
Why don't you get the dress professionally cleaned and show them where the stain is. Maybe they have some cleaners that can take the stain out?