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how to remove chocolate stains from upholstery

So, kids and couch met snack time, and you need to remove chocolate stains? No problem.

If the upholstery cleaning codes are still visible, this is a good place to start.

Follow the care recommendations as detailed. If yours has only symbols, here's how to decipher upholstery cleaning codes.

If they're not visible, or are unreadable, these upholstery cleaning tips for chocolate stain removal can help.

1. mix the upholstery cleaning (or couch cleaning) solution.

Create your upholstery and fabric cleaner by mixing 1 teaspoon laundry detergent that contains enzymes in one cup of water in a bowl or bucket.

2. blot the solution on the chocolate upholstery stain.

Blot the solution onto the chocolate stain on your furniture or upholstery, using a clean rag or white paper towels. Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes on the upholstery or furniture.

If a ring or a slight stain remains after this time, feather the edges with a cloth dampened with full strength hydrogen peroxide. No mixing required here. Just use 3 percent, undiluted. 

3. blot and rinse the stained area.

Using a separate damp (not dripping wet) clean rag or paper towel, blot-rinse the solution from the upholstery or furniture.

Keep dabbing water on until no more solution or chocolate appears on your paper towels or rag.

4. rinse again.

Do a final rinse with a mix of one-half cup white vinegar and one-half cup warm water to remove the cleaning solution.

Dab onto the upholstery or furniture stains; immediately blot dry.

5. check for any remaining chocolate stain.

  • If any residue remains, repeat this last step until the smudge disappears.
  • Resist scrubbing or saturating the chocolate stain. Fiber damage and a set stain could be the result.

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.

Get more tips for removing chocolate stains from clothes here.

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