How to remove chocolate stains

You can remove chocolate stains from upholstery, carpeting, and clothes by treating the stains as soon as possible, using the right cleaner for the surface fabric.

Whether you have a chocolate milk stain or a drippy chocolate ice cream stain, these simple solutions work, so long as you keep at it.

Often you'll need to apply the fabric stain remover several times before you completely remove chocolate stains. 

But it's often a lot less expensive to take the time to do it right rather than hiring an upholstery cleaning company or replacing you child's favorite dress or shirt.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Sofa

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, rubbing alcohol or fabric dry cleaning fluid are the most effective cleaners for removing chocolate upholstery stains.

Wet a white paper towel, clean rag, or cloth diaper with a dash or two of rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning fluid. Your paper towel or cloth should be damp, but not dripping wet. Gently blot the cleaning solution onto the stain.

Immediately blot the area dry of with a second clean paper towel. Check for any remaining brown smudges.

If you find any, 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 you blot, blot, and blot again as needed. Patience might very well save your sofa or chair from an expensive professional upholstery cleaning.

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.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Clothes

To remove chocolate stains from clothes, treat the spot with a mix of laundry detergent that contains enzymes and one cup of water.

Apply to the stain and allow to sit for 30 minutes. If a ring or a slight stain remains, father the edges or spotty areas with a cloth dampened with hydrogen peroxide. Rinse thoroughly with cool water. 

How to Remove Chocolate from Carpet

Scoop up any remaining chocolate, then vacuum up any dry particles. 

Mix a detergent solution of 1/4 teaspoon liquid dishwashing liquid and one cup warm water. Apply the solution to a cloth, and gently dab onto the chocolate stain. Work from the outside of the stain toward the center. Allow the solution to work its magic for at least five minutes. 

Blot with a clean white cloth until the chocolate no longer transfers to your cloth. Don't rub, or you may grind the stain further into the carpet fibers. Rinse the spot with cold water, making sure all the cleaning solution is removed.

If you can still see the stain, it's time to apply a vinegar cleaning solution. Mix two tablespoons white vinegar with four cups of warm water. Repeat the steps above.

Once the chocolate stain is removed, layer white paper towels on top of the treated area to soak up any extra moisture. Place a non-staining glass or ceramic object atop the paper towels, and let sit overnight. When the carpet is dry, vacuum the area to restore the texture.

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