Beer Stain Removal - History and Facts

It’s no secret that beer is one of the most widely-consumed beverages in the world.

In fact, did you know that beer is served and enjoyed in over 45 countries? Here in the US, beer sales are responsible for more than $246 billion of the US economy, creating jobs for two million people.

Inevitably, with the world’s ever-growing beer consumption comes one or two beer stains to handle here and there. That’s why we created COIT’s guide to beer stain removal. With our step-by-step guide, you’ll have a few handy do-it-yourself solutions to keep your carpet brewsky-free.

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History of Beer

Before we get into the steps involved in removing beer stains, let’s take a closer look at the history of this famous beverage.

The first beer dates back to the times of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The majority of brewers were women. As brewers, these women held well-respected positions. These women were also considered to be priestesses, as certain types of beers were incorporated into Mesopotamian religious ceremonies.

5,000 years ago, Egyptian Pharaohs drank beer every day, enjoying a beverage that was made from baked barley bread. Beer shows up in history in Greek history and throughout the Middle Ages in Europe as well. Monks often built breweries as a way of giving food and shelter to passing travelers and people who had migrated.

In Ancient Rome, beer was also consumed on a daily basis. It was so loved by Emperor Charlemagne that he trained actual brewers himself!

Ingredients in Beer & Other Facts

Did you know that beer is over 95 percent water? Depending on where the water comes from, it can create a different type of taste for the beer consumer.

The second ingredient in beer is yeast. During the fermentation process, yeast (single-celled organisms) produces alcohol and carbon dioxide.

The third essential ingredient in beer is malt. To form malt, you must soak a grain in water (until it starts to sprout). The grain is then converted into simple sugars through this process, then dried and cured, and used in the fermentation process.

Beer also contains hops which provide the flavor and aroma of the beer. Derived from the vining plant, brewers have more than 50 types of hops to choose from. The bitterness of the hops balances out the sweet taste that exists after fermentation. Each brand of beer combines these ingredients in their own unique way to create the various types sold at breweries and stores.

Removing Beer Stains

If you come across a beer stain on your carpet, you can use one of COIT’s do-it-yourself solutions to help eliminate the stain. For more advanced beer stain removal treatment, give COIT carpet cleaning a call today

How to Remove Beer from Carpet

COIT's guide to Removing Beer Stains from Carpet

Whether you’re enjoying a cold beer after a long day or throwing a barbecue for friends and family, it’s difficult to predict when you’ll accidentally spill something on your carpet, right?

If you happen to run into an unexpected beer stain, don’t panic – there are a few at home remedies you can try when you’re wondering how to get beer stains out of carpet. With COIT’s step-by-step guide, your carpet can withstand a few spills and still look plush and clean.

Beer Stain

How to Get Beer Out of Carpet – Method # 1

  1. Using paper towels or a towel, soak up as much of the beer stain as you can, as quickly as you can. This will prevent the beer from being absorbed into the carpet.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with 2 cups of warm water.
  3. Using a sponge that’s soaked in this solution, work from the outside of the stain in, blotting the affected area of the carpet. The beer stain should begin to gradually disappear.
  4. To remove any remaining vinegar, sponge the carpet with cold water and pat dry using a towel.


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Remove Beer Stain from Carpet – Method # 2

  1. As soon as you discover the beer stain, be sure to clean up as much of the liquid as possible using a dry towel.
  2. Using Woolite carpet spray cleaner, spray the foam onto the affected area of the carpet.
  3. Dry with a clean towel after letting the solution sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Vacuum the carpet to remove any remaining residue.

Remove Beer Stain from Carpet – Method # 3

Finally, you can try this third do-it-yourself method to keep your carpet beer-stain free.

  1. After soaking up any remaining liquid using a clean towel, take a fair amount of baking soda and sprinkle it directly on the beer stain. You’ll want to make sure the entire surface area of the beer stain is covered.
  2. Leave the baking soda to sit on top of the beer stain for 24 hours. This will help soak up any remaining smell that the beer may leave behind. 4. After 24 hours, vacuum up the baking soda. The beer stain should no longer be visible.

So there you have it – a few easy ways to approach the question of how to get beer out of carpet. If you’re looking for professional assistance to keep your carpets looking their best, consider calling COIT to learn more about our deep cleaning treatments and don't forget to checkout our coupons!


Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

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Home remedies not working?

If you’re still battling stubborn stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.

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