How To Get Coffee Stains Off Countertops

While I love a fresh hot cup of coffee in the morning, I don’t love finding coffee stains on my clean kitchen countertops.

Coffee stains on your countertops can be unsightly, and they can be challenging to get off.

Luckily, you never again will need to worry about your morning cup of coffee staining your countertops because we’ve done the research, and learning how to get coffee stains off countertops is easy if you follow the below steps.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need a few essential household items to get coffee stains off your countertops.

Now that you have everything you need, keep reading to learn how to get coffee stains off your countertops. 

1. Wash the Stain With Soap and Warm Water

The first step you should take when you find a coffee stain on your countertop is to wash the affected area with warm water and dishwashing soap.

Soak a cleaning cloth with a mixture of water and soap, and then apply gentle pressure as you rub the cleaning cloth over the coffee stain.

Depending on how fresh the coffee stain is, this may be enough to remove the stain altogether.

If the stain is older than a few hours, though, you will probably need to take the next few steps to remove the coffee stain from your countertops altogether.

Pro tip: Always check the manufacture’s cleaning instructions for your specific countertops before attempting any cleaning guidelines.

Some counters have special coatings or require particular care, and you should follow those instructions to avoid damaging your countertops. 

2. Make a Mixture of Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

If soap and water do not entirely remove the coffee stain from your countertops, put a little baking soda on a fresh cleaning rag and add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide.

We prefer hydrogen peroxide because it is a natural cleaning agent, especially when combined with baking soda.

Still, you can substitute baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for bleach or ammonia if you would like.

Just be careful to check that these harsher chemicals do not stain or damage your countertops before you use them. 

3. Let the Paste Sit for 5 Minutes

Apply the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture to the affected area of your countertop and allow the paste to sit on the coffee stain for 5 minutes.

Doing this will allow the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to work through the coffee stain, making it easier to remove.

4. Gently Scrub Away the Coffee Stain

Once the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture has sat on the coffee stain for 5 minutes, wet your cleaning rag and gently scrub the affected area.

I love these MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloths that I found on Amazon.

They get excellent reviews and work well holding in the cleaning solution.

Using warm water works better than using cold water.

Be sure to scrub gently to avoid scratching your countertop.

Pro tip: Baking soda can be abrasive and can scratch particular countertops, such as laminate.

To prevent this, scrub your countertop gently.

It would be best to rub the stain out more than you scrub or scrap it away.

To avoid scratching, you should always use a soft cleaning cloth and never use an abrasive or steel wool.

Both of these will scratch your countertop, making it easier for stains to settle while also making future stains harder to remove.

5. Dry your Countertop

Once you have finished washing your countertops and removing the coffee stains from them, you should buff your counters dry with a dry cleaning cloth or a lint-free towel.

Drying your counters immediately will prevent any possible water damage or water spots from staining your countertops.

The below video demonstrates how to remove coffee stains from your countertops.

0:30 –Put a little toothpaste on a rag.

0:39—Rub the toothpaste on the coffee stain.

0:48—Put baking soda on the cleaning rag.

0:55—Combine the baking soda will a few drops of hydrogen peroxide.

0:58—Scrub away the coffee stain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I get coffee stains on my countertops?

As a dark liquid, coffee stain much of what it comes in contact with.

Coffee will stain your countertops if left on them for more than 15 to 30 minutes, and if you have an unsealed countertop, the coffee can work its way into the pores of the material, taking the stain below the surface of your countertop.

Liquid can penetrate the seams of your countertop, making an ideal spot for stains to develop.

While coffee stains often happen on countertops, they are easy to prevent and easy to remove.

How can I prevent coffee stains on my countertops?

The easiest way to prevent coffee stains on your countertops is to clean them up immediately.

The moment you notice that you have dribbled a little of your coffee or your coffee mug is leaving rings on your counter, take a damp cleaning cloth and wipe the coffee away.

By removing the coffee immediately, you will prevent it from staining your countertops by limiting the amount of time the coffee is on the countertops.

It would help if you also dried the affected area immediately to prevent any potential water damage.

You can also prevent coffee stains on your countertops by sealing your countertops.

Some countertops are unfinished (like tile, laminate, or stone), and unfinished countertops are much more likely to stain and stain quickly.

The material’s pores will soak up any spilled coffee or other liquid, and while the moisture will evaporate, the color of the liquid will seep into the pores and stain your countertop.

To prevent these kinds of stains, you can either have your countertops professionally sealed or you can buy a countertop sealant at your local hardware store.

Sealed counters are highly recommended, especially if your counters frequently experience spills.

Sealing countertops will help prevent staining and maintain a more hygienic environment because bacteria will also not be able to grow in the pores of your countertop, saving your countertops from both health concerns and unsightly coffee stains.