How to Get Beer Smell Out of a Carpet

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Treat a beer spill on carpet as soon as possible to help prevent lingering odors and to reduce the chances of the liquid soaking through to the padding. Use a fan to help dry the carpeted area quickly afterwards when dealing with a large spill.

Removing Beer From the Carpet

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • Liquid dish soap

  • White vinegar

  • Water

  • Bowl or bucket

  • Absorbent white cloths

  • Portable fan (optional)

  • Baking soda

  • Vacuum cleaner

Step 1

Blot up as much of the beer as possible using folded paper towels. Continue blotting until no more liquid comes up.

Step 2

Mix 1 tablespoon each of white vinegar and liquid dish soap into 2 cups of lukewarm water in a bowl or bucket. The measurements can be approximate rather than exact.

Step 3

Dip an absorbent white cloth into the soapy solution, wringing out some of the liquid.

Step 4

Wipe the area of the spill, working from the outside edges toward the center. Rinse the cloth frequently, dipping it back into the soapy water before applying it back onto the carpet.

Step 5

Rinse the cloth once again and wring it out. Wipe the cleaned area from the outside edges toward the center to help remove any soap left behind.

Step 6

Allow the carpet to air dry completely before stepping on it. If the cleaned area is large and the carpet quite wet, turn on a ceiling fan or use a portable fan, pointed toward the wet area, to hasten the drying process.

Step 7

Sprinkle the cleaned area with baking soda if a beer odor remains after the carpet dries. Vacuum the carpet after 30 minutes or so to remove the powder. Repeat with another baking soda treatment, if necessary.

Tip

  • Place chairs or other objects around the perimeter of the wet carpet while it dries to prevent children or pets from walking on the spot.
  • For a spill on a non-washable area rug or throw rug, lift the rug from the floor as soon as possible to help air it out and to prevent potential damage to a wood floor. Use the same cleaning treatment as you would on a carpet, hanging the wet rug over a washtub or over a porch rail or other object to dry. Only wet-clean the affected area, as some rug dyes may bleed when wet. If the rug is machine washable, wash it according to the instructions on its care tag.
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Kathy Adams is an award-winning writer. She is an avid DIYer that is equally at home repurposing random objects into new, useful creations as she is at supporting community gardening efforts and writing about healthy alternatives to household chemicals. She's written numerous DIY articles for paint and decor companies, as well as for Black + Decker, Hunker, SFGate, Landlordology and others.

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