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Don’t let coffee mean calamity for your stone

The relative lack of foam in coffee makes it easier to spill.

What would we do without that morning shot of espresso to get us started for the working day or week? While most people would agree the world runs on substances like oil, there’s certainly enough there to make a good argument that, actually, coffee is what fuels the world.

Unfortunately, as much as we rely on coffee, it also has an annoying habit of getting on the floor and necessitating urgent stain removal. This isn’t just a figment of your imagination either. Coffee really is more prone to spillage than some other substances.

A Princeton University study in 2014 found that the reason coffee was renowned for spilling over the top of coffee cups was due to its lack of froth. It’s relatively easy for anyone holding a glass of beer to walk through a crowded room with nary a drop spilled, due to the motion suppressing qualities of foam. But coffee’s relatively low foam factor destined it for a place on the floor – and, potentially, on any porous stone tiles you have around the home.

Coffee is an organic stain, and so may end up disappearing on its own given enough time. This is particularly the case if it happens to be spilled outside, where the sun and rain have a high chance of eventually cleaning it off.

However, this isn’t always the case. If it’s not removed, coffee can leave an unsightly brown stain on your previously beautiful limestone tile.

The Marble Institute of America recommends using a mixture of 12 per cent hydrogen peroxide and a few ammonia drops to get the stain out. However, if you would rather be sure of the result and avoid any chances, you’re better off using Dry-Treat’s HANAFINN Oxy-Klenza™. It’s a multi-purpose, chlorine-free cleaner that’s usable both indoors and outdoors.

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