How to Remove Coffee Stains from Shoes

By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: September 12, 2017
How to Remove Coffee Stains from Shoes

Coffee is delicious and energetic, but it can create a real mess in case of spills. If you are in a café enjoying with friends, you have maximum chances of spilling that cup and getting it all over your shoes and clothes. It's already difficult to remove coffee stains from clothes when you're not at home, but shoes are expensive, and you can’t throw them out just because of that stubborn stain. You can’t continue wearing them either with coffee stains still on them. You can find some amazing ingredients in your pantry, which you can use to remove those coffee stains from your shoes. One ingredient may not work for all shoes, as different shoes are made up of different materials, and each material may need to be cleaned differently. Read this oneHOWTO article to find out how to remove coffee stains from shoes of different types.

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Removing coffee stains from leather shoes

Leather shoes are fashionable and durable, but you need to keep them maintained to make them last long. Whether yours are black, brown or even light in color, you can effectively remove coffee stains from leather shoes by following these steps:

  1. Grab a paper towel immediately and remove any excess liquid from your shoes
  2. Get back home and make a mixture of white vinegar and warm water in equal amounts
  3. Take a lint-free piece of cloth and wet it in this liquid
  4. Blot the stain with the cloth. Start from the edges of the stain, and work towards the center. Don’t rub the stain, as it may push the coffee stain deeper inside the leather
  5. Keep dabbing until you completely remove the stain. You can re-wet the cloth if needed during the process
  6. Dampen another lint-fee cloth in plain water, and dab on the area to remove vinegar residue from the shoes
  7. Allow the shoes to dry completely before you can wear them again
How to Remove Coffee Stains from Shoes - Removing coffee stains from leather shoes

Removing coffee stains from suede shoes

Suede is a leather type with smoother nap than leather. It has a velvety texture, and is less durable as compared to leather. When you spill coffee on your suede shoes, it is easy to get frightened, probably because they are expensive, and yet not so durable. Treating coffee stains immediately gives you the best chance to save your shoes. Because suede can be easily damaged, you have to treat them very carefully and delicately. Follow these steps to remove coffee stains from suede shoes:

  1. Blot liquid coffee from your shoes immediately after the spill. Use a rag to dab the coffee gently, and keep changing the portions as one portion gets soiled. Keep blotting until you can’t see any more coffee transferring to the rag
  2. Wet a rag in lukewarm water, and blot the stain with water and the rag. Dab on the area again and again
  3. Take one tsp of mild dish soap in a bowl, add 2 cups of cool water in it, and stir to mix
  4. Dip a rag in this mixture, and dab on the stain until you remove it completely
  5. Take another piece of cloth, dip it in clean water, and remove any soap residue from the shoe. Take another dry rag and remove moisture from the shoe by dabbing
  6. If the coffee stain is still visible, make a mixture of water and vinegar in equal parts
  7. Dip a rag in this mixture, and blot until you lift the stain completely
  8. Rub very gently, as vigorous movements can actually damage the suede of your shoe

Removing coffee stains from white canvas shoes

White canvas shoes are simple and comfortable, but they easily get dirty. Shoes like white converse or vans fall into this category. Since these shoes are made up of cotton, they quickly absorb the stains when you spill coffee on them. Follow these steps to remove any coffee stains from your white canvas shoes:

  1. Unlike other shoes, let the coffee stains dry completely before you start removing them. Starting rubbing them immediately will push the stain deeper inside the cloth, and it will become harder to remove the stains
  2. Once they dry, tap their soles together to let any treads fall off
  3. Grab an old toothbrush and scrape off any larger pieces of coffee from the shoes’ creases
  4. Mix baking soda in water in equal amounts, dip an old toothbrush in it and massage gently on the stain
  5. Make a mixture of laundry detergent and cold water, and remove the stain using circular movements with a tooth brush
  6. Rinse the shoes and repeat if needed
  7. Once you have removed the stains, you can wash them with hands or in your washing machine, just as you would wash your clothes
  8. Keep them in a well-ventilated area to let them dry. You can stuff a paper towel or rags in the shoes to sustain their shape
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