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Spilling Beer
« on: November 10, 2012, 07:56:11 AM »
I must say that a lot of beer has been spilled at my house... 8)

But, last night I fell asleep holding a full glass of beer in my hand while sitting on my couch. About half of it splashed on me but the rest went into he couch. :(

There is a distinct sickly sweet candy smell now emanating from the couch which I find highly objectionable. The slip cover has gone into the washer. I dabbed at the area with a hot cloth but it hasn't seemed to do much.

How in the hell do I get rid of this odor?
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2012, 08:22:09 AM »
If you're lucky, the cushions come off and the covers on them zip off.  Then you can wash the covers and give the open-cell foam inside a bath, or even replace it if needed.

Less lucky, and you get my guesswork. I've heard great things about cleaning carpet by pouring on fairly large amounts of water, then sucking it out with a shopvac. Depending on the material, doing this and putting it somewhere it can dry well might do the trick.

Maybe you need to invest in that granny couch shrink-wrap.
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2012, 02:31:53 PM »
Sorry I can't help with the smell.  I just wanted you to know that my wife has a name for that, "sacrificial beer."  I often have a sacrificial beer at the end of the day.  Mostly it makes it to the sink, but occasionally it gets onto the couch or the rug.
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2012, 02:34:09 PM »
The slip cover is back on the couch. I think my effort helped a little or maybe just got used to it... ::)
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2012, 02:44:54 PM »
try wheat germ. get a big old bag of it. it's pretty cheap. It works best if applied immediately but it still helps later. also baking soda is great for getting rid of any kind of smells
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2012, 04:40:41 PM »
Baking soda! Why didn't I think of that!?

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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2012, 05:30:59 PM »
Club soda is an oldie but a goodie...
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2012, 01:24:34 AM »
I use Nature's Miracle - he have it around because my dog leaks (apparently it's not uncommon for spayed females).  It works well on stale beer aromas and is good at getting child vomit smells out of couches as well.  Oh, and it works on the dog pee too.
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2012, 03:23:07 PM »
Look into an automotive interior cleaning product that is also a carbon eater - I bought a used vehicle that was owned by a smoker and it worked great.  Also, maybe some PBW?
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2012, 04:19:39 PM »
But, last night I fell asleep holding a full glass of beer in my hand while sitting on my couch. About half of it splashed on me but the rest went into he couch. :(

Gosh, I'm glad that's never happened to me ::)
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2012, 04:32:57 PM »
On the PBW Label, it says it is good for removing stains. I haven't tried it. Might be good in this situation. Anyone ever tried PBW for stain removal?
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2012, 06:05:42 PM »
On the PBW Label, it says it is good for removing stains. I haven't tried it. Might be good in this situation. Anyone ever tried PBW for stain removal?

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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2012, 06:29:13 PM »
On the PBW Label, it says it is good for removing stains. I haven't tried it. Might be good in this situation. Anyone ever tried PBW for stain removal?

I have, on several occasions. it makes them disappear, a tblsp in a couple pints warm water, spray on and scrub.
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2012, 06:50:21 PM »
On the PBW Label, it says it is good for removing stains. I haven't tried it. Might be good in this situation. Anyone ever tried PBW for stain removal?

I have, on several occasions. it makes them disappear, a tblsp in a couple pints warm water, spray on and scrub.

I'm concerned that this would effect color etc? Another good thing to know that it is safe to use on furniture.
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Re: Spilling Beer
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2012, 07:32:34 PM »
Unfortunately that's much more than the angel's share. The best way to rid of it is to wash the beer out of the fabric if possible. Removable covers should be removed and soaked in warm water to dissolve the beer out of the fabric. Another method is ozone treatment which nuetralizes the odor. Ozone works but will cost a few bucks to utilize.
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