How to remove chocolate stains from clothes and upholstery

Whether you need to remove chocolate stains from your couch, carpet or clothes, these simple stain solutions can help you get that smudge out - stat! 

Keep in mind that you'll often need to apply a stain removal solution several times before the chocolate is completely removed, regardless of the surface the stain is on.

But your persistence and patience will be rewarded - with spot-free clothing, furniture and carpeting.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to remove chocolate stains yourself at home.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Couch

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.

Wait several minutes, and then blot the area with a second clean paper towel to remove the liquid. Check for any remaining 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 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.)

Getting Chocolate Stains Out of Clothes

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

Apply to the stained area; allow it to work its stain-busting magic 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 (or blot rinse if it's an upholstered item) thoroughly with cool water. 

How to Get Chocolate Out of Carpet

Vacuum up any dry chocolate particles from the carpet surface to start.

Mix a stain removal solution of 1/4 teaspoon liquid dishwashing liquid and one cup 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 work 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 untill 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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