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how to remove chocolate stains from upholstery

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 tags are no longer readable, one or both of these solutions can help you get rid of the offending chocolate blight on your couch, chair or car upholstery - stat!

1. remove the chocolate with a dash of rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning fluid. 

Chocolate and candy on big-ticket items like furniture and upholstery are best removed with a dash of rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning fluid blotted on using a white paper towel, clean rag, or cloth diaper. 

Simply wet the the stain with a small amount of either, then immediately blot dry. Check for remaining brown smudges.

If you find chocolate remains, repeat this step until the smudge disappears.

2. remove the 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. 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. 

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.

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.

  • 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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