St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and if you are hosting a party in your home, it is wise to be prepared for any spills that may happen! Beer is a common part of these celebrations but unfortunately is not the most carpet friendly substance. Keep some supplies on hand for quick clean-ups to prevent a worse stain from forming.

There a few methods for cleaning up beer stains. Always spot test a small part of your carpet to make sure the treatment you plan to use is safe for your carpeting. You can start with one of these methods and then try an additional one if the first one does not work for you.

Method #1

1.Soak up as much of the beer stain as you can before the beer is absorbed into the carpet.

2. Combine 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.

3. Soak a sponge in this solution and then blot the affected area of the carpet, working from the outside of the stain in.

4. Follow up with a sponge with cold water to help remove any remaining vinegar smell.

Method #2

This method is a great one to quickly treat the stain but allows you to get back to your party and guests quickly!

1.Soak beer up with a clean towel before it has a chance to absorb into the carpet.

2. Take baking soda and sprinkle it directly on the beer stain, making sure to cover the entire stain.

3.Leave the baking soda to sit on the beer stain for 24 hours, helping to soak up all the remaining smell that beer may leave behind.

4.Vacuum up the baking soda after 24 hours

 

If your carpet still has an odor after trying these methods, repeat the baking soda treatment since baking soda will absorb the smell.

If your spill happened on hardwood floors or laminate, clean up the spill as quickly as possible. If you wipe up the spill immediately after it has happened there should be no lingering issues. If there is a smell or a residue, use a damp sponge to wipe the area and then thoroughly dry with a clean towel.

Try to prevent beer spills from happening at a party by keeping towels underneath your cooler or drink bucket if its on the floor. Have a clearly marked recycling bin for people to place their empty bottles or cans.