How to Remove Beer Stains

If you ever go to a party or other event where they serve beer, you may encounter a time where you get really excited and throw your beer, which means it may be time for you to learn how to remove beer stains. Beer is fairly easy to remove as long as you know how to do it and if you do it quickly.

How to Remove Beer Stains

How to Remove Beer Stains from Clothing

How bad a beer stain is depends on how dark the beer is. Beers primarily consist of water, with lighter-colored beers containing more water than their darker cousins. The darker the beer is, the more likely the beer is to stain if you spill it. If the beer you were drinking is light, feel free to launder your clothing as usual, but if the stain remains, do not put it in the dryer; allow it to air dry and try this process instead.

What you will need:

  • White distilled vinegar
  • Water
  • Bowl or container
  • Sponge or small cloth/rag

Note: Before you use any sort of fabric treatment, use a small amount of the treatment in a hard-to-see area on the fabric. This will help you insure that you are able to treat your material without ruining the color of your clothing and without damaging the integrity of the clothing.

  1. Take the white distilled vinegar and mix it in the bowl with the water (1 part vinegar to 2 parts water).
  2. Take the clothing and find the area that the stain is in.  Then take the sponge, small cloth, or rag and dip it in the solution.
  3. Take the rag and gently dab the affected area with the solution. Do this for several minutes, and then rinse out the fabric. Repeat as necessary.
  4. If the stain lightens or has disappeared, go ahead and launder the piece as you normally would. Be sure to check it before you dry it, because if you dry it and the stain is still there, you will likely set the stain in with the heat from the dryer. Repeat this process if necessary.

If the piece of clothing is one that you normally dry clean, then talk to your dry cleaner about the stain before you drop off your clothing.

How to Remove Beer Stains from Carpet and Furniture

Sometimes, that excited “touchdown” results in a spill on your carpet or on furniture. In those cases, you need to be pretty quick with cleaning up the mess before the beer stain sticks around forever. You also need to be quick so that you don’t have to deal with the lingering smell as well.

What you will need:

  • Sponge
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Bar Soap
  • Nail Brush
  • Cloth or Towel
  1. When the spill occurs, take the cloth or towel and start to blot the area while someone else goes to get the other materials. Try to get the area as dry as possible, soaking up as much of the beer as possible. 
  2. Take the sponge and put some rubbing alcohol on it. Then gently pat the affected area with the sponge for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Rub the area dry and take the bar soap, rubbing the bar soap onto it. Let the area dry.
  4. After the spot is dry, then take the nail brush and brush it gently until the stain disappears.

In some cases, you will need to use a carpet and/or furniture shampooer to completely eliminate the stain. Keep an eye on the area and see if the stain resurfaces or remains after a few days, then use a shampooer to get rid of the rest.