How To Remove Coffee Stains From Car Seats

Busy mornings can make us super rushed and maybe not always the best at multitasking, especially when juggling beverages and traffic.

I know I’m not the only one who has spilled coffee in my car and then left with a massive mess in my car seats.

It’s essential to learn how to remove coffee stains from car seats after a spill so that the stain does not get too set into your car seats. 

Continue reading down below to learn how to remove coffee stains from car seats. 

What You’ll Need

Now that you have all the items you’ll need, keep reading below for a step-by-step approach to learning how to remove coffee stains from car seats.

1. Mix Your Cleaning Solution

Create a mixture of one tablespoon white vinegar, one tablespoon baking soda, and one cup of water.

I prefer to use Lucy’s Family Owned – Natural Distilled White Vinegar, for my vinegar choice.

Lucy’s is a family-owned business and they get excellent reviews on Amazon.

Mix well until they create a paste.

2. Apply Cleanin Paste to Coffee Stain

Take the paste you have created and apply it to the coffee stain to cover the entire stain.

Please make sure that you apply plenty of cleaning paste.

You can’t put too much on the stain.

3. Rub Paste into Stain with Toothbrush

Use a toothbrush to rub the paste into the fabric gently.

Using the toothbrush to rub the paste gently will ensure that the paste is getting into the fibers.

4. Let Paste Sit

After the paste has been gently rubbed into the fibers of the car seat, allow the paste to dry and penetrate the stain to begin to remove the coffee from the car seat fibers.

It would help if you let the paste mixture sit on the coffee stain for about 15-20 minutes. 

5. Rub Area with Microfiber Cloth

Once you have allowed the paste to sit on the coffee stain, dip a microfiber cloth in clean water and begin to rub the stained area.

I recommend using these MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, which I found on Amazon.

They get five-star reviews out of almost thirty thousand purchases.

While rubbing the stain covered in paste, you should be removing the paste in addition to the coffee remnants. 

6. Remove Excess Moisture

After removing the paste with the microfiber cloth:

  1. Use the paper towels to remove any excess moisture on the car seas.
  2. Leave your seats to dry. The coffee stain should be removed from the car seat.
  3. If not, consider repeating the steps. It may take many attempts to remove the stain if it is a more significant or older coffee stain. 

Video Instructions

  • Step 1 (00:44) — Mix vinegar, baking soda, and water
  • Step 2 (00:49) — Apply paste
  • Step 3 (00:58) — Allow paste to sit
  • Step 4 (01:04) — Rub area 
  • Step 5 (01:11) — Remove excess moisture

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Remove The Coffee Smell From My Car? 

Even after cleaning up the coffee stain, the powerful coffee smell may remain.

The best way to remove the scent will be to use baking soda to absorb the odor.

You can sprinkle it in the seat itself or keep it in a cup in the car and keep working to absorb the coffee smell in addition to any other funky smells that may be permeating your vehicle.

In addition, you can take dryer sheets and leave them in the car after you have finished cleaning.

Alternatively, you can also buy a car air freshener to combat the coffee smell. 

Can I Use Vinegar On Any Car Seat Fabric? 

Technically, yes, you can use white vinegar on any seat fabric as long as you don’t let it sit too long.

White vinegar, however, works best for cloth seats to penetrate the coffee stain.

If you have leather seats, it would be best to use liquid dishwashing soap and scrub the leather to get the coffee stain off.

If you have vinyl seats, coffee stains can be removed by using baking soda and a brush. 

Will Using Vinegar Leave A Vinegar Smell In My Car?

White vinegar, while it has a very pungent smell while wet when it dries, it helps to deodorize the surface on which it dries.

Dried white vinegar does not have an odor.

Vinegar even acts as a natural fabric softener, which might help if the cloth fabric has gone stiff from a coffee stain.

In addition, vinegar can help to counteract and prevent mold. 

Are Coffee Stains Permanent? 

No, coffee stains are not permanent but can be challenging to remove.

If the size of the stain is large or a long period has passed since the coffee stain was made, it can be more challenging to remove the stain.

Most coffee stains can be removed, but it may take some time and require multiple attempts to remove them. 

How Can I Remove Dried Coffee Stains? 

Removing dried coffee stains is similar to removing fresh coffee stains.

You will mix a tablespoon of white vinegar and a tablespoon of liquid dish soap.

You can also use this same cleaning mixture when removing coffee stains from a mattress.

Take a paper towel and blot the stain using the mixture.

Alternate blotting with a wet paper towel and a dry paper towel until the stain is completely removed. 

Can I Use OxiClean To Clean My Car Seats?

Yes, if you already have a cleaner like OxiClean stain remover powder, you can use that to clean coffee stains from your car seats.

After creating an OxiClean solution of hot water and OxiClean powder:

  1. Apply the solution to the coffee stain and let it sit for 1-5 minutes.
  2. Blot it and rinse with clean water.
  3. Blot the wet spot until it is dry. 

What Are Some Household Items I Can Use To Clean Stains From Car Seats?

Many different items have already been mentioned above.

You can use baking soda, white vinegar, water, and liquid dish soap to clean up coffee stains from your cloth car seats.

You can also use club soda.

You can lightly spray the club soda on the stain and brush it.

You can apply rubbing alcohol on leather seats and then wash the area with water and liquid dish soap.

You can even use toothpaste on the stain and gently rub away the stain.