How to Clean a Beer Spill From Shoes

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Beer stains leave little discoloration upon cleaning.
Beer stains leave little discoloration upon cleaning. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The type of alcohol responsible for the stain on leather shoes determines the cleaning method. For instance, alcohol with high-sugar content, such as sangria, require diluting the sugar with warm water before lifting it. The stains created by dry, water-based alcohol, such as beer, result largely from the drink’s water content, and usually leaves a white ring around the perimeter of the spill. The primary concern when cleaning a beer spill from leather shoes is maintaining the integrity of the material.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft-bristled nylon shoe brush
  • Sponge
  • Yellow cornmeal
  • Cotton towel
  • 1/8 tsp. mild dish soap

Suede

Brush off any dirt or debris with a soft-bristled nylon brush.

Moisten a sponge with warm water and dampen the beer stain. Allow the shoes to dry.

Sprinkle cornmeal over the surface of the stain. Rub it in gently with a dry towel using a circular motion. Allow the cornmeal to sit for five minutes.

Brush the cornmeal off the shoes with a soft-bristled nylon brush.

Finished leather

Brush off any dirt or debris with a soft-bristled nylon brush.

Rinse the stain with warm water. Allow the shoes to dry.

Mix together 1/8 tsp. of mild dish soap with 1 quart of warm water.

Moisten a towel with the warm soapy water and gently rub the stain using a circular motion.

Rinse the shoes with cool running water. Allow them to air dry.

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