All the Leaves Are Brown…: A Guide to Autumnal Stains

Chocolate, gravy, coffee and mud are all absolutely great (although, perhaps not all together). The other unfortunate thing they have in common is that they are all brown - and a nightmare to get out of clothing. 

All the Leaves Are Brown: A Guide to Autumnal Stains

Whether hot-chocolate on a dress, coffee down a shirt, or the mud that seems to leap off the ground to cover school uniforms, we’ve composed a quick guide all about how to remove these tricky stains from clothing that seem to turn brown more regularly than the leaves.

There are a whole range of possible culprits, but for demonstration purposes, we’ll discuss 3 of the most common: coffee stains, chocolate stains and mud stains.


When dealing with a stain left by something brown, often the sooner you deal with it, the easier it is to remove. If the stain is water-based (such as coffee, most other hot-drinks, and mud), and non-greasy, it’s best to rinse it with cold water to prevent it setting further into the cloth. When the area is damp enough, you can begin tackling the stain itself. There are different procedures to follow depending on the color of the material:


For whites, the process is normally the same for all three stains, since you can often get away with using a stronger stain removing agent. To start with, remove any solid excess with a spoon – being careful not to rub the residue in further into the material. Apply a stain remover such as Spray 'n Wash Trigger. Massage into the affected region and leave to soak in for five minutes. When the time is up, wash the clothing immediately on a regular wash to remove all of the stain.


For water-based brown stains (e.g. coffee stains) on colored clothes, start by running cold water through the back of the stain. It is important to wash through the back of the stain since it doesn’t force the colors through the material, preventing its spread. If the stain is very fresh that may be all that is needed. If the stain still persists, blot at it with a stain remover designed specifically for colors - such as Spray 'n Wash Trigger. Wait 5 minutes before gently rubbing the Resolve into the stain without smearing it further, but if the stain is particularly old you may need to let it soak. Launder the clothing afterwards on a regular wash, in the warmest water recommended.

For fat-based and greasy stains, such as chocolate, it’s best to start by scraping off as much as you can with a spoon, all the time being careful not to rub the stain further into the fabric.

And there you have it! A simple guide to addressing any accidents arising from that hot-chocolate, gingerbread spiced latte or the mud-glorious-mud. So go out into the beautiful autumn, have fun, and let Spray 'n Wash clean away your stains.