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Get Beer Stains Out of Carpet

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The key to getting beer stains out of carpet is to blot up the spill before it become a stain. But lets assume you discovered the spill the next day and want to remove not only any discoloring, but also the odor. Here are the steps to take.

Use white cotton cloth or plain white paper towels to soak up any remaining liquid. Mix 1/3 cup white vinegar with 2/3 cup water in a spray bottle. Spray the area lightly with this mixture, to neutralize the stain and odor. Blot up the moisture with white paper towels or cotton cloth, wet again, blot it up - do this until you have used up the mixture.

Mix a few drops of plain Dawn dish washing detergent in about a cup of warm water and apply this mixture to the spot a little at a time, blotting up the excess between applications. Then apply plain water a little at a time, again blotting up the excess between applications. Do this until all the detergent is removed.

In this video Josh will show you a basic procedure for getting beer stains and odor out of carpet using dish washing detergent, amonia, and vinegar. I would dilute the detergent with some water for better results. He shows you the proper way to blot the liquids up (no rubbing!):

You can also add a bit of carpet freshening powder to remove any remaining odor, although this may not be necessary. Either way, dry the area by placing a fan nearby to blow over it (or at least open a window to allow some air movement). Of course, if you added carpet freshener, vacuum it out later.

If any odor remains you may need to rinse and dry the area repeatedly. Another option is to use a wet/dry shop-vac, so you can more thoroughly flush the area with water and also thoroughly suck it out.

That's how you get beer out of carpet. If you have so many spills and stains that the smell remains and the source is a mystery, you might have to pay for an ozone machine rental or other odor removal product.

Our page on odor removal also has a few more tips.

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