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How to remove chocolate stains from upholstery?

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

If they're not visible, these tips for chocolate stain removal from upholstery can help you get rid of the offending blight on your couch, chair or car upholstery - stat!

1. remove chocolate stains with a detergent solution.

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

2. blot the solution onto the upholstery stain.

Blot the detergent solution onto the upholstery with a clean rag or white paper towels. Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes. If a ring or a remnants of the chocolate stain remain, 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.

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. blot-rinse with vinegar and water to ensure all cleaning solution is removed.

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 stains on your upholstery.

  • If any chocolate 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.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the upholstery cleaning products and tools you'll need to remove chocolate and other stains from your carpet and upholstery safely.

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