If you need to remove chocolate stains from your couch, carpet, or clothes, these simple stain solutions can help get rid of the sweet spot - stat!
You'll often need to apply a stain removal solution several times, however, before the chocolate is completely removed, regardless.
Your persistence and patience will be rewarded - with spot-free clothing, furniture, and carpeting.
Here's how to remove chocolate stains from each of these surfaces.
First, be patient.
Zapping a chocolate drip, drop, or splat without zapping the fabric itself requires a gentle touch and the patience to repeat treatment until the stain is removed.
To get chocolate stains out of clothes, scrape off excess chocolate.
Treat the spot with an enzyme laundry detergent mix. Add one teaspoon of laundry detergent to one cup of water.
Apply to the stained area; allow it to work its stain-busting magic for 30 minutes. Repeat this step until you don't see any improvement.
If a ring or a slight stain remains, father the edges or spotty areas with a cloth dampened with hydrogen peroxide. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.
Wash the clothing item in the washing machine as usual with a non-chlorine (color-safe) bleach.
If kids and couch met snack time, look on the tags on your sofa cushions. You'll see either a W, S, WS, or X. (If your upholstered furniture doesn't have a code, test a cleaner on a hidden spot first.)
These codes will let you know of any limitations on cleaning solutions you can use for removing chocolate stains. Here's what the upholstery cleaning codes mean:
W = Water-based cleaning agent. Clean with a water-based product such as a little foam from a mild detergent or nonsolvent upholstery shampoo. Use as little foam and water as possible to do the job; you don't want to get the upholstery too wet.
S = Solvent. Clean with a mild water-free dry-cleaning solvent. Use just a little, and make sure you have plenty of ventilation. Don't put any water on it.
WS = Water-based cleaning agent or solvent. You can use a dry-cleaning solvent, the foam of a mild detergent, or upholstery shampoo.
X = Don't clean it yourself. Hire a professional. You can, however, vacuum or brush off surface grime.
With those guidelines in mind, give these chocolate stain removal solutions a try.
Scrape any excess chocolate off gently with a butter knife or index card, scraping from the outside edge of the chocolate stain inward to avoid spreading the chocolate deeper into the upholstery fibers.
Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of water.
Using a clean cloth or paper towels, both the stain, rubbing the spot from the outside edge inward to lift away the chocolate. Continue until you've removed as much of the stain as possible.
Sponge with cold water to remove any remaining soap. Blot dry.If that doesn't work, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent, like Guardsman Professional Strength Dry Cleaning Fluid Stain Remover Solution ($50). Repeat until the stain is gone.
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 couch or chair from an expensive professional upholstery cleaning.
To keep such confections from sweetening the upholstery in the future, keep
the kids and the good stuff separate. (At least during snack time.)
Vacuum up any dry chocolate particles from the carpet surface to start.
Mix a solution of 1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and one cup of warm water. Apply the solution with a cloth, gently dabbing it onto the chocolate stain.
Work from the outside of the stain toward the center. Allow the solution to do its job for five minutes.
After five minutes, blot the stained area with a clean white cloth until the chocolate no longer transfers to your cloth.
Don't rub, or you may grind the chocolate further into the carpet fibers. Continue blotting until all the cleaning solution is removed.
If you can still see the stain, blot-on this vinegar cleaning solution: mix two tablespoons white vinegar with four cups of warm water. Repeat the steps above using the vinegar solution.
Once the stain is gone, layer white paper towels on top of the treated area of the carpet to soak up any remaining 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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