When we have the time of our lives, we forget that a can of beer can stain our clothing. You will not notice the stains immediately, but the beer stains will surely worry you when you get home. If you see beer stains on your clothes the morning after you go to a party, do not worry. Beer stains are not as stubborn as you think.
Fortunately, there are several at-home cleaning methods to remove and prevent the stain from being stubborn. Here is how you can remove beer stains from your clothes.
1. Blot the beer stain.
A trick for removing beer stains is to blot the stain first. Use a dishwashing liquid soap, and mix it with lukewarm water. Grab a clean towel or a sponge, apply the dishwashing soap, and dab at the stain until it is not visible. Make sure you are careful to not damage your clothes by putting too much pressure when blotting the stains, which may separate the threads.
2. Run water on the stained area.
Cold water is helpful for removing stains caused by beverages. Run cold water over the underside of the stained area to push the stain outwards.
3. Soak it in laundry detergent.
If the stain is starting to become stubborn, soak your clothing in lukewarm water, liquid detergent, and white vinegar for 15 minutes. Ensure that the detergent has enzymes that can break down any tannins in the stain.
4. Wash stained clothes.
Wash your clothes as you regularly do. It is best to use liquid detergent than powdered detergent. Powdered detergent often results in detergent residues that make your clothing smell murky if left inadequately rinsed.
5. Do not place the stained clothes in the dryer.
It is faster to dry clothes in the dryer. However, the direct heat from the dryer may dry up some unnoticeable stains on the clothes. This will result in a more stubborn stain. It is safer to air dry your clothes.
6. Use baking soda to remove stains.
Baking soda softens clothes, removing the stain buildup easily. If you pair baking soda with your laundry detergent, its pure sodium bicarbonate helps the cleaning power of the detergent become more effective. Moreover, baking soda is a good odor absorber. It will grab any remnants of the pesky beer odor.
You can even use these methods on upholstery, blankets, cloth napkins, pillows, or basically anything made of cloth. If you are hungover to do these steps, call a laundry pickup service as soon as possible to prevent the stain from seeping further into the fabric.
When to Ask for Help from a Professional Cleaner
Although we mentioned that beer stains are not as stubborn, there are still times when you have to ask for help from a professional dry cleaner. The time comes if your stained fabric is labelled as dry-clean only. You can pre-treat the stained clothes, but you cannot head to washing them. You cannot risk the vintage or delicate fabric of your clothes.