Mug Stains: Cleaning Off Coffee Rings

Coffee Rings

Legend has it that over 1,000 years ago, Ethiopian farmers observed that their goats became extra energetic and playful after eating a certain type of red berry. Curious, they tried it themselves and found that inside the berry was the coffee bean that we’re familiar with today. Coffee was originally eaten, rather than brewed and drunk, as we do today.

Coffee is a stimulating and tasty drink that can be enjoyed a number of different ways, and it has several great benefits for the body as well. In some countries coffee is drip brewed slowly and enjoyed with lots of milk and flavoured syrups. In other areas of the world, coffee is served strong, black and with loads of sugar. But whether hot or cold, sweet or bitter, with foam, milk or black, coffee in all its forms is a regular go-to drink in most people’s lives.

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For all of its benefits, coffee has one major downside: it leaves stains on both your teeth and cups. It tends to leave unsightly dark rings on your cups and mugs, and requires the best dishwasher detergent to loosen these stains. There are several ways that these rings and stains can be avoided. The most obvious and effective way to avoid these rings is for you to drink your beverage relatively quickly, not allowing it to cool, and when you’re done, rinsing out the mug briefly before putting it in the dishwasher immediately. Of course, this isn’t always possible, since part of the charm of coffee is that it’s best enjoyed while piping hot and consumed at a slow pace.

Having milk in your coffee, or indeed switching to a weaker coffee brew, won’t be as likely to leave a noticeable stain in the mug or cup when compared to a strong, dark coffee. Again, this isn’t always an ideal option.

Most Finish products are designed to combat particularly tough stains and residues. In particular, Finish Quantum with Powergel has been proven to be particularly effective against stains caused by tea and coffee.

Coffee and tea evaporate in a way slightly different to other liquids, leaving highly concentrated stains in smaller areas. This means that detergents have to work harder, and in much smaller areas, as they try to remove these stains. Finish is incredibly efficient at breaking down these coffee stains, and works very fast to ensure you get a perfect clean for the best dishwasher detergent.

If the stain has dried on for a very long time, or you’re finding those stains exceptionally difficult to shift, then try this: Fill your stained mugs with boiling water, then add in a few tablespoons of Finish Power Powder, or a Finish Powerball tablet. If you leave your mugs overnight for the cleanser to tackle the stains, then thoroughly rinse them out the next morning. You will be amazed at how those stubborn coffee stains have gone for good.