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How to Remove Coffee and Tea Stains from Your Mattress

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

We all enjoy a cosy cup of coffee or tea in bed, but spillages happen, leaving unsightly stains on our mattresses.

If you got too excited while watching a documentary, or your kids jumped on the bed while you was relaxing, Don't fret! In this blog post, we'll explore effective methods to remove coffee and tea stains from your mattress.

This specific stain removal is one additional step to our mattress deep cleaning method.

Armed with the right techniques and cleaning solutions, you'll be able to restore the cleanliness of your mattress and enjoy a spotless sleep haven.

Getting Rid Of Those Coffee & Tea Stains On Your Mattress

Removing tea and coffee stains from your mattress is quite simple when you know how. All you need is a vinegar and water mix followed by some baking soda. Let's dive into how to use those products for complete stain removal.

Understanding Coffee and Tea Stains

  1. Absorption: Coffee and tea stains can penetrate deep into the mattress fabric, making them challenging to remove. The tannins present in coffee and tea contribute to the discoloration, leaving behind unsightly marks.

  2. Temperature Matters: Fresh coffee and tea stains are easier to remove compared to older, set-in stains. Acting promptly helps prevent the stains from becoming more stubborn and difficult to eliminate.

Preparation and Safety Measures

  1. Blot, Don't Rub: When dealing with coffee or tea stains, always remember to blot the affected area gently. Rubbing the stain can cause it to spread further into the fabric.

  2. Protect Yourself: Wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area to ensure personal safety during the cleaning process.

Effective Methods for Stain Removal

Absorb and Blot

Paper Towels: Begin by blotting the stained area with clean, dry paper towels to absorb excess liquid. Continue blotting until the area is as dry as possible. Be thankful you don't need to remove vomit chunks from your mattress! For that, we have had to use a whole kitchen roll in the past.

Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Vinegar and Water: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Lightly mist the stained area, ensuring it is damp but not soaked. Blot gently with a clean cloth or sponge to lift the stain.

You will more than likely need to repeat this step a few times before you get the tea or coffee completely removed.

Baking Soda Paste: Create a paste by mixing baking soda with a small amount of water. Apply the paste directly to the stain and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Gently scrub the area with a soft brush or cloth, working the paste into the stain. Rinse with a damp cloth and blot dry.

Commercial Stain Removers

Enzyme-Based Cleaners: Enzyme cleaners are effective at breaking down organic stains. There are plenty of coffee stain removers as a stand-alone products.

We highly recommend the prochem stainpro. This product is great for tackling a number of stains, including coffee.

Let it sit for the recommended time before blotting and rinsing. It usually takes 10-15 minutes of dwell time to work its magic.

Oxygen-Based Bleach: Oxygen-based bleach can help remove stubborn coffee or tea stains. Dilute the bleach according to the package instructions and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes, then blot and rinse with a damp cloth.

The great thing about oxygen based bleach is it's safe to use for you and the materials that you're cleaning. No more worrying about dying anything with bleach.

Additional Tips and Precautions

  1. Test in an Inconspicuous Area: Before applying any cleaning solution to your mattress, perform a patch test in a hidden corner to ensure it does not damage or discolour the fabric.

  2. Proper Drying: After cleaning, ensure your mattress is completely dry before covering it or using it again. Excess moisture can lead to mould or mildew growth.

  3. Regular Maintenance: To prevent future coffee and tea stains, consider using a mattress protector. It adds a layer of protection against spills and helps maintain the cleanliness of your mattress.


Coffee and tea stains on your mattress may seem like a challenge, but with the right approach and timely action, you can effectively remove them.

Remember to blot, not rub, and use homemade or commercial cleaning solutions designed to tackle organic stains. Additionally, taking preventative measures such as using a mattress protector can save you from future stains.

With these tips, you can say goodbye to coffee and tea stains, and enjoy a clean, fresh mattress for a restful night's sleep.

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