Not everybody includes coffee in their morning routine. However, for those of us who do, it’s a morning necessity. More often than not, coffee drinking begins at home or in the car. If you’re one of these folks, first off, welcome to the team. Second off, you’ve probably run into the nightmare of spilling coffee on you and/or your car seats while trying to fuel up on the way to work. Don’t worry, we’ve been there and that’s why we’ve made this guide on how to clean coffee stains in your car.
That way, you won’t have to stress out when this happens to you. We’ve all been there and it isn’t a fun situation to find oneself in.
Remain Calm & Safely Pull Over
We know that when you immediately spill coffee in your car, you want to do your best Jean Claude Van-Damme scream at the top of a mountain. In the moment, it seems like a straight-up Shakespearean tragedy. Don’t be alarmed, it’s only a coffee stain. However, it is time-sensitive. Find a safe place to park your car but don’t cut cars off to get to the nearest Walmart. Keep cool and calm.
Use a Rag or Towel To Dab Spill Zone
Now comes the moment of truth, the initial dabbing of the disaster area. Take a rag, towel, napkin, etc., and begin to dab the area in an effort to absorb as much of the coffee as possible. If you’re desperate, you can use an extra shirt or something you have in your car, but we strongly advise aiming for all other options beforehand. But hey, we won’t judge.
Carefully Add Cool Water To The Stained Area
Once you’ve soaked up as much of the coffee as you can, add cool water to the area. For the record, when I say “add cool water”, I don’t mean “dump some water from a cold water bottle on the seat”. Pouring some water onto a rag and using that to carefully dab the area is probably the best plan of attack.
If you’re incredibly careful, you can pour some from the bottle directly to the seat. However, be very careful not to dump too much on it.
Use A Dry Rag Or Towel To Remove The Water
After you’ve allowed the water to soak in for a few moments, use a new towel to dab and dry the area. Soak up as much of the water as you can, much as you did the coffee in step 1.
Apply Dish Soap If You Have It Available
Next, if you have dish soap available, lightly apply a small amount to the stained area. Let the soap sit on the stain for about 10 minutes and then use a new towel to dab and soak the stained area.
Use A Hairdryer To Dry The Stained Area
If you have access to a hairdryer, this can be used to effectively dry the seats so they don’t have to air dry. If you’re on the go, we understand that you probably don’t have access to a hairdryer but if you do, it could be very helpful. Be sure to use it on its lowest heat setting.
Now, you’re properly informed on how to clean coffee stains in your car. Things like dish soap and a hairdryer may not be so readily available to you during your commute to work but don’t worry, those are just ways to get it extra clean. Following the other steps properly should effectively work as a fast way to clean coffee stains in your car.
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