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Coffee stain removal solutions

Updated on January 9, 2015

How to Remove Coffee Rings - Circles of contention

How do you remove coffee stain rings from furniture like a desktop? Coffee stains are circles of contention and the bane of all confirmed coffee drinkers. Every morning I stumble to the desk, coffee mug in hand, and start my morning ritual.

If my brain hasn't fired it's pretty certain that a coffee ring will soon be stain--uh, decorating--my desktop. That leaves me with two alternatives: Leave the coffee stain circle or remove it.

Cleaning tips and coffee art

Most mornings I don't move fast enough or even recognize that the rings have begun formation so they're pretty dry by the time I detect a problem. Now, I don't consider the stains works of art but more like blundering deposits of brain fuel.

Why am I consumed with figuring out to get rid of these coffee stains on my desktop? Because these days I'm using my mom's good dining room table as a desk.

The Culprit: The Coffee Ring Stain

The Culprit: The Coffee Ring Stain
The Culprit: The Coffee Ring Stain

My easy way to eliminate coffee rings

Let's face it. The best remedy is to never have one of those pesky coffee rings staining your desk or coffee table. That's why I nominate the saucer as the ideal remedy.

Coffee Stain Removal Solutions

Simple, quick and easy cleaning tips

Remove a coffee ring using a simple paste recipe - Baking soda removes stains from furniture

Use this common household product to remove coffee stains

Baking soda is one item you want to keep on hand. It's great to remove stains in clothing but did you know you could also use it to remove those furniture coffee ring stains you hate so much?

The mixture is easy: 1 part baking soda, 1 part water.

Note: If you still see a slight stain residue, repeat until the ring is completely gone.

  1. Take about a teaspoon of baking soda and combine it with an equal amount of water until you have paste consistency.
  2. Use a simple rag, dish towel, or washcloth and dip it into the paste.
  3. Apply the paste to the coffee ring in a gentle circular rubbing motion.
  4. Once the stain has disappeared, remove any paste residue with a slightly wet rag.
  5. Dry the desktop or table top and it's good as new.

My all-purpose home helper - Baking soda - Everyday cleaning products offer quick solutions

Home Cleaning Supplies: Use baking soda for cleaning

Baking soda is such terrific household item to have on hand for some many everyday purposes. A small aount of baking soda is all you need to remove that ugly coffee ring that occurs inside a mug, too.

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda-4LB (01170)
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda-4LB (01170)

I don't know about you but I always keep a couple of boxes of baking soda on hand. It's not helpful for coffee stains but all sorts of things. Arm and Hammer is, to me, the best brand to have around.

Baking soda is safe for anything that is porous like mugs, tea cups, appliances, etc.


Quick and easy way to remove stubborn coffee rings from your wooden desk or table - Wood furniture cleaning tips

How to remove a stubborn coffee ring

What if you have a stubborn coffee ring that resists all attempts to be removed from the tabletop? The stain has probably set. The ring occurs due to the moisture from the coffee liquid and with time it can set. This simple remedy can pull that moisture out of the wood and remove the stain.

Things you need to remove the coffee ring

1. Iron

2. Low nap white towel

Watch the video and see how quickly the rings disappear.

A simple iron helps remove stained coffee circles

Maybe you're like me and you never thought much about whether an iron could be useful tool to remove a coffee ring. As you saw from the video above, this common household appliance can easily remove that unwanted coffee stain from wood furniture.

Prevention is always the best cure for coffee rings - Make a habit of using coasters to prevent coffee stains

How many times have you placed your coffee mug or cup down onto the nearest table or desk without bothering to grab a piece of paper or cloth or something to absorb the dripping coffee and prevent that inevitable coffee ring? Having coasters around simply makes sense. Using them is even better.

Bonus Tip

Coffee rings on furniture are not the only coffee stains.

Use a simple cheap household product to remove coffee stains from inside a mug - How to clean coffee rings from the inside

Sometimes the easiest and simplest solution evades us in our hunt to rid ourselves of those coffee stains. Not only do we have to deal with coffee rings on furniture but they show up inside our cups and mugs as well. Here's a quick cleaning application that will take care of that problem, too.

Coffee Ring Art

Recycle coffee stains

Create art out of coffee stains - Unleash your creativity and exercise your imagination with coffee ring art

Have fun and create coffee ring art

Perhaps I should resurrect my Artist Way days and consider turning my coffee stains into art. Have you noticed all the coffee stain inspired art these days?

What do you really think about coffee stains or this page? - I'd like to know

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Nice lens. You just solved a lot of problems for me. As a coffee lover I face a lot of problems with all these coffee rings around me. Thanks for the info and tips:=)

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      This is just what I need for my Monday Morning Coffee .....when you get a lot of people together you're sure to get someone leaving the cup on the table and possibly leaving a ring :) Baking Soda is surely a woman's best friend.