How to remove chocolate stains from upholstery? If kids and couch met snack time, your first step is to check out the upholstery cleaning code recommendations on your couch or sofa. If the upholstery cleaning tags are no longer readable, one or both of the chocolate removal solutions can help you get rid of the blight on your couch, chair or car upholstery - stat!
Rubbing alcohol (or dry cleaning fluid) is the best way to clean upholstery of chocolate stains (and other tough food stains.)
Simply wet a white paper towel, clean rag, or cloth diaper with a dash or two of rubbing alcohol, and gently blot it onto the chocolate stain several times. (You want the applicator to be damp, but not dripping wet.)
Immediately blot the area dry of the rubbing alcohol with a second clean paper towel, cloth, or diaper. Check upholstery for any remaining brown smudges. If so, repeat this step until the smudge disappears.
It often takes several - and up to a half-dozen or more - blotting sessions before you'll get complete chocolate removal. It's time-consuming, yes; but also very effective if blot, blot, and blot again as needed. Patience might very well save your sofa or chair from an expensive professional upholstery cleaning.
Create an upholstery cleaner by mixing 1 teaspoon laundry detergent and one cup of water in a bowl or bucket. Blot the detergent solution onto the chocolate stain with a clean rag or white paper towel, again taking care not to saturate the stain but instead simply dampen it with the cleaning solution.
Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes.
If a ring or remnants of the chocolate stain remain,
feather the stain's edges with a cloth dampened with full strength hydrogen
peroxide. No mixing required here. Just use 3 percent, undiluted.
Using a separate damp (not dripping wet) clean rag or paper towel, blot-rinse the solutions from the upholstery. Keep dabbing water on the area until no more solution or chocolate appears on your paper towels or rag. (Change to rag or paper towel as needed.)
Do a final rinse of the stained area with a mix of one-half cup white vinegar and one-half cup warm. Dab onto the treated area; immediately blot dry.
To keep such confections from sweetening the sofa or upholstery in the future, keep the kids and the good stuff separate. At least during snack time.
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