We’ve all had that crazy friend who always drank too many beers. These barely controllable alcoholics are susceptible to poor motor control and passing out with beverages in hand. In the process, a beer can be spilled and quickly spoil within the upholstery and cushioning of a couch.
Though success in removing beer odors depend largely upon circumstance, there do exist several household ingredients that have been proven successful in treating this stench. By following the below solutions, you can lift the beer residues from your couch to leave it smelling fresh.
As soon as a beer has been spilled it is important to act fast. You will want to try to remove the beer odor within the first 3-6 hours that it has contacted the couch while the scent of alcoholic beverage is very low. After 24-48 hours, the beer can spoil and develop into a rather awful stench that can be a challenge to clean and deodorize.
As your first official action you will want to lift the affected cushions from the couch and move them to a clean surface outside for treatment. This will ensure that the beer does not make its way within the crack or creases of the couch. Next, you will need to blot dry the cushion with dry clean towel. While blotting be sure to place your entire body weight behind the towel to ensure that the maximum amount of moisture is drawn out of the cushion. It may seem counter intuitive, but you will want to pour water the affected area of the cushioning and blot dry again. This will help to water down the spot and pull even more beer residue from the cushion.
Next, you will want to create a deodorizing solution to cut through any odorous beer residues that may still remain within the couch cushion. Mix one part white vinegar with six part warm water and pour the solution over the affected spot. You will want to make sure that the upholstery and cushioning affected by the beer is engulfed in the mixture. Allow it to sit for 6-8 hours before returning to blot dry the white vinegar solution out of the cushion.
As an alternative solution, using leather safe enzyme cleaning solution can work even better in literally eating through the beer residues within the couch. After you have watered the spot down and blot dried, you will want to soak the location in enzyme cleaner and allow it to sit for 24 to 48 hours. During this time the active enzymes will work their magic to eliminate the odorous beer residue within the couch. After this time period has passed, simply return to blot dry the cushion before putting back within use.
In cases where that couch cushion cover has a zipper opening built in, baking soda can help to absorb remaining beer odors and help to ward off future smells from developing. Within each cushion sprinkle in a half cup of baking soda and proceed to zip the cushion closed. After application, go back to using the couch as you normally would and allow the baking soda to maintain freshness.
DO NOT USE VINEGAR! Such a terrible decision when we used this to get the
smell of beer out of the passenger seat in a car following an unfortunate
accident involving 2 poorly wrapped glass beer bottles positioned next to one
another in a plastic bag. We followed these instructions carefully. We diluted
if with water, "dabbed it" to dry it then put the vinegar and water solution,
as specified, on the area of concern and let it sit for 5 hours, soaked it up
with a towel and dried the seat to completion with the resulting smell
comparable to 10 dead skunks trapped in a furnace…. Plus it left a huge water
ring around the area of concern that had been "treated" with the vinegar
solution. Just save yourself a headache and have the couch/car/carpet or
whatever cleaned with a steam cleaning or something and save yourself the