How to Effectively Remove Coffee Stains from Linen

coffee on linen tablecloth

Linen is a classic and elegant fabric that can instantly elevate any outfit or home decor. However, it’s also notoriously difficult to clean, especially when it comes to stubborn stains like coffee. 

If you’ve spilled coffee on your favorite linen tablecloth, napkin, or clothing, don’t despair.

With a few simple steps and ingredients, you can effectively remove coffee stains from linen and restore your fabric to its pristine condition.

Let’s begin.

Materials Needed:

Before we dive into the steps, here are the materials you’ll need:

  • Liquid dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Warm water
  • Clean white cloth or sponge

Steps to Remove Coffee Stains from Linen

  1. Act fast. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the coffee stain. Blot the stain immediately with a clean cloth or sponge to absorb as much liquid as possible. Do not rub, as this will only spread the stain.
  2. Mix a solution of liquid dish soap and warm water. Use a small amount of dish soap and a lot of cold water to dilute it. Dip a clean white cloth or sponge into the solution and gently dab it onto the stain.
  3. Rinse with water. After applying the soap solution, rinse the stained area with water to remove any remaining soap residue.
  4. Apply white vinegar. If the stain persists, mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water, and apply the solution to the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse with warm water.
  5. Use baking soda. For tough coffee stains, make a paste of baking soda and warm water. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Then, rinse the stained area with warm water and blot dry.

4 Tips to Prevent Coffee Stains on Linen

Coffee stains on linen can be a headache to remove, so it’s always best to try and prevent them from happening in the first place. Here are some tips that can help prevent coffee stains on linen:

  1. Use coasters and placemats: One of the easiest ways to prevent coffee stains on your linen tablecloth and napkins is by using coasters and placemats. These protective items can help catch any spills or drips, preventing them from staining your linen fabric.
  2. Be careful when handling coffee: When drinking or serving coffee around your linen clothing or upholstery, be extra careful not to spill. Hold your coffee cup or mug with a steady grip, and avoid sudden movements that could cause a spill.
  3. Use spill-proof cups and lids: If you’re prone to spills, consider investing in spill-proof coffee cups and lids. These types of cups are designed to prevent spills and drips, which can help keep your linen fabric safe from coffee stains.
  4. Blot spills immediately: If a spill does occur, the key is to act fast. Grab a clean cloth or paper towel and blot the spill immediately, without rubbing or spreading the stain. The faster you act, the less likely the coffee will penetrate the fabric and cause a stain.


Coffee stains on linen can be frustrating, but with the right materials and techniques, you can remove them effectively. Remember to act fast, use the right materials, and follow the steps carefully. 

And with these tips, you can prevent coffee stains on your linen and enjoy your elegant fabric for years to come.

For more tips on removing coffee stains from other fabrics, check out our guide to removing coffee stains from leather and our guide to removing coffee stains from jeans.

Thank you for reading!

-Baking Soda Guy

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