Sunday, October 24, 2010

Coffee Stains

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I spill coffee in my bed.
I won’t lie about it. I like to read in bed in the morning and need that cup of coffee with me.
Occasionally, I’ll just sit the cup on the mattress and well you can only guess what happens next.
But it’s not just in my bed, it’s on my clothes, on other people's clothes and of course, “The Great Coffee Spill of 2009” when I tripped over my roommate's exercise ball and threw coffee across our room.
Needless to say, I’ve become a pro at getting coffee stains out of fabric.
So for all you clumsy coffee drinkers out there, her ya go.

My three rules of getting out a coffee stains:
1. Never Wipe! Always dab or blott, so you don’t scrub the coffee into the fabric.
2. Hot water first! If the stain is fresh enough it might even come right out with a little hot water.
3. Don’t panic. You'll just spill more coffee.

Before tackling a stain, take a minute to read the label (on the fabric, not the coffee). See if there is any specific attention you should direct toward your fabric.
I only know this because I ruined a T-shirt due to a coffee stain and a bad removal process.
For most coffee stains on fabric like clothing, furniture, SHEETS and carpet, you want to start with a paper towel, dabbing the stain to remove as much of the liquid as possible. Then, in a bowl, mix one-part white vinegar and two-parts warm water. Use a paper towel, blotting the stain with mixture.
Then if possible, throw it in the washing machine.
If that still doesn’t work, try the dry cleaner; they saved a brides maid dress for me three summers ago.
But if all else fails, you have to embrace the stain. Cover it up with a sweater or look at it lovingly remembering that great cup of coffee you were drinking.

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  1. I don't get it. Why do you have to drink coffee in bed? I mean, you are already up, you can read and drink coffee on the kitchen table.. What is the point of reading and drinking coffee in bed?
    My advice is to stop doing that, and you will not have any problems with coffee stains on your mattress.

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  2. Coffee should not be drunk in bed. In fact, anything should not be drunk or eaten in bed.
    I think that you should follow John's advice and stop having your morning coffee in the sheets.
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