Beer Stain Removal Hints

Spraying the carpet with a light detergent to clean a stain.

As easy as it is to enjoy a tasty lager, it’s just as easy to let it get away from you – and onto your clean shirt or carpet. Below, we’ll teach you how to clean up after a messy party foul. It’s actually pretty simple!

Using Detergent

Beer stains are fairly easy to remove, if not allowed to set. If the stain is still wet, blot up as much as you can with a clean white cloth or paper towels, and be sure never to rub the stain. Mix a teaspoon of a mild pH-balanced detergent (such as Dawn) with a cup of warm water. Next, spoon some of this detergent mixture onto the stain, and allow it to stand for five minutes. Lastly, rinse the stain with a little warm water, and carefully blot dry.

The Vinegar Method

If the stain is stubborn and still visible, try mixing one part of white vinegar to two parts water, and repeat the previous steps. If the stain is on clothing, always rinse the stain under cool, running water from the back of the stain, and treat the stain as you would carpet. Vinegar can bleach your clothing, so be sure to rinse right away and to wash according to care label instructions. Remember, dark beers will cause the worst stains due to their dark coloring.

The Baking Soda Method

Baking soda is particularly great for beer stains. All you need to do is make a paste by mixing a teaspoon of soda with a teaspoon of water. You can also mix the baking soda with a drop of liquid detergent for more stubborn stains. Rub this paste on to the stain and wait for about 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly under cold running water.

Disclaimer: In order to avoid damaging materials, you should always test an inconspicuous area for colorfastness, etc. before treating the exposed area. Also, do not use hot water if you are going to soak a beer stained item as this may result in a more permanent stain. Please note that certain stains can be permanent or need more specialized attention.

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