Spilt beer on your carpeted areas can be a little bit of a problem as the sugars tend to leave carpet fibres sticky and the colour can leave a dark stain. If it’s not dealt with quickly dirt and dust will adhere to the spill and the sweet smell can even attract pests!
See how to get beer out of your carpet here…
1- Act quickly for recent spills
If the beer has just been spilt you can remove it quite effectively with clean warm water and paper towels or clean cloths. Soak up as much as you can by blotting not rubbing as this causes the stain to go deeper into the carpet fibres.
After the initial blotting dab the area with warm water and a clean cloth or sponge to remove the rest of the beer. Keep squeezing out the excess liquid, and then finish by blotting with more paper towels. You may need to repeat the process several times to get rid of the beer.
You’ll need to let your carpet dry overnight before walking on it as this can make the beer go deeper into the carpet. For a small stained area, you can decrease the drying time by using a hairdryer or use a portable fan. Opening windows will also help with the drying time.
2- Removing older stains
You can get rid of a beer stain on the carpet by making a simple solution of washing up liquid, white vinegar and warm water. Combine 15ml of both ingredients with two cups of warm water in a bowl and stir.
Dip a sponge into the solution and wring it out so as not to overwet the carpet. A wet carpet will quickly form mould and mildew and start to smell unpleasantly so bear this in mind when using the solution. Make sure the entire stain is covered and then blot with a clean dry cloth.
You can finish by soaking a sponge in cold water, wringing out the excess as you go. Again, remember to let the carpet dry overnight before walking on it.
3- Alternative cleaning options
After you’ve blotted up as much excess liquid as possible with a clean cloth or paper towels you can spray a recommended foam carpet cleaning spray onto the affected area. Let it sit for around 15 minutes before vacuuming off any remaining residue.
Another option is to spray a solution of white vinegar and water directly onto the stain taking care not to oversaturate the carpet. Let the solution sit for a couple of minutes before blotting with a paper towel or clean cloth. You may need to repeat the process several times to completely remove the stain.
4- Getting rid of the smell
How to get the beer smell out of your carpet can be done with baking soda. Sprinkle onto the stained area directly and leave it to sit for at least four hours to allow the odour to be absorbed. If you can leave it overnight that would be ideal. Baking soda works so effectively because it neutralises the acids that cause bad smells and all you need to do after you’ve applied it and left it to work is vacuum any residue up. You may need to vacuum over the area several times to ensure that all the baking soda is removed, and repeat the process if the smell appears to be lingering.
Need a carpet cleaning specialist?
If you’ve tried any of the above processes and still aren’t satisfied with the results you should consider calling on the professionals. A trusted local carpet cleaning company will provide you with a domestic carpet cleaning service that will leave your carpeted areas looking clean and fresh.
Your beer stains will be pre-treated with an appropriate stain removal solution before the deep cleaning of your carpets is carried out. A powerful hot water extraction machine will then be expertly used to effectively remove all dirt, grime, and bacteria deep within your carpet fibres. And all solutions are safe for your family and pets.
Look for a satisfaction guarantee option that means that if you aren’t completely satisfied with your carpet cleaning you’ll be given another session for free.