Carpets can become stained for many reasons. Children, pets and general wear and tear can cause your carpets to look past their best and in need of a little TLC. Food and drink stains can also cause your carpets to look less than perfect. Coffee, in particular, is one of the worst culprits and can cause what might appear to be a permanent stain, especially on light carpets. The good news is there are ways to restore your carpet back to its original glory. 

Act fast

The most important thing to do when you've spilt coffee on the carpet is to act fast. That might not be useful now if the stain has had time to dry in, but it's certainly something to remember for any future coffee spillages. Coffee is one of the most potent of natural dyes and is often used to colour bricks, clothing and hair. 

Extract as much moisture as possible

Take some paper towels or a dish cloth and use this to mop up as much moisture from your carpet as possible. This is the first stage of the carpet cleaning process and will prevent the stain from spreading further. Simply place the towel or cloth on the stain and apply gentle pressure until no more coffee is being soaked up. 

Attack the pigmentation

As mentioned previously, coffee is a potent colourant, and so you will need to break down the pigment in the stain. There are many natural and effective carpet cleaning agents available and many can be found in the fridge or kitchen cupboards. Lemon juice is a great way to dissolve and break down coffee pigment without causing any damage to your carpet. Squeeze half a lemon into warm, soapy water and blot the stain with a paper towel. 

Clean the stain

Get some new soapy water and clean the stain with a clean cloth. Work from the centre outwards and wring out your cloth regularly to keep it clean. You may need to do this a number of times to improve the look of your carpet, but if you have acted fast, you should experience good results. Allow the area to dry naturally or you could dry with a hair dryer to speed up the process. 

If all else fails, call in the professionals

Of course, there are some times when you may need to call upon the professional carpet cleaning experts. For example, light coloured carpets may still show up signs of the stain, or you may have an older stain that needs attention. The good news is that most carpet cleaning companies like You'll Say Wow Carpet Cleaning have an arsenal of stain removers at their disposal and will be able to tackle the stain head on.