Stain Removal Tips: Removing Beer From Carpet/Upholstery

Beer stains don't have to be the death of your carpeting or couch.

If you've ever been afraid to host sports gatherings or Superbowl parties because someone might spill beer on your new carpet or upholstered furniture, you can fret no more. Now you can entertain your rowdy, sports loving friends without having to worry about unwanted spots and stains. Chances are any spillage can be immediately removed using items found in your kitchen. With some quick attention, these stains don't have to be the death of your carpet or couch.

The first line of defense for any stain is to act immediately. Dampen a clean cloth with cold water and gently blot. Never rub a stain as rubbing will spread the stain and cause it to set in deeper. Never use a brush or scrub a stain for the same reason. Heavy rubbing and scrubbing will weaken the fibers in the carpet or upholstery. When blotting a stain, start from the outer edge and work your way in to keep the stain from spreading.

Keep blotting until no more of the stain can be lifted.

If water isn't enough, there are several home remedies one can try. For instance, vinegar is a wonder when it comes to treating stains. For a small surface stain, dilute 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water. If the stain is bigger or is set deep into the carpet, try full strength vinegar. Pour the vinegar directly onto the carpet and blot until the stain is lifted. When the stain is gone, blot with a clean damp sponge to rinse and then blot dry with a clean, thick towel. You may have a stinky carpet for a little while, but the smell will disappear in a day or two.

Another tried and true remedy that's a little on the smelly side is ammonia. Flood the stain with the ammonia and blot until the stain is lifted. When the stain is gone, blot with water and dry with a clean towel.

Dishwashing liquid also works well for removal of beer stains. Mix ΒΌ teaspoon of any dishwashing liquid that doesn't contain lanolin or bleach, with one quart of water. Blot with a clean damp sponge until the stain is lifted. Blot again with cool, clear water to get the soap out and dry by blotting with a thick, clean towel. Please note that it's best to use a clear dishwashing liquid as using a dishwashing solution that's cloudy or creamy in texture will leave a sticky residue. Also try to avoid using too much soap as it can lead to further staining. To be on the safe side, test a hidden area of the carpet or furniture first.

Another good stain removal agent is hydrogen peroxide. Apply to the affected area using a clean damp sponge and blot until no more of the stain can be lifted. Since this contains bleach, you may want to test a hidden area of the carpet or upholstery to make sure you won't be inflicting further damage.

Of course, you can always try good old-fashioned club soda. Poured directly on the stain, the bubbles will start to work immediately. Blot until the stain is lifted and then blot dry with a thick towel.

Never use hot water or any kind of heat when removing stains from carpets, furniture or any type of fabric. Heat causes the stain to set and can make removal efforts futile. Once the stain is removed, excess moisture can be dealt with by placing three or four layers of towels over the stain and weighing it down with a brick or item of equal weight.

There are several items on the market one can purchase to clean spots from the carpet as well, but if you act immediately, there's no need to spend the money on chemicals. Chances are, you have all the necessary stain fighting materials at home in your pantry.

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