How To Remove Chocolate Stains?
- January 7, 2018
- Posted by: Stefan Green
- Category: blog
Who doesn’t love to dive into delicious chocolates? Chocolate is awesome but when it crumbles and melts into your clothes or fabrics or carpets, it can quickly turn your beautiful delicacy into a laundress’ nightmare. Chocolate stain can be one of the toughest stains to remove because it is a “combination stain”. There are many ingredients from cocoa to sugar and even has an oil component. So you have to deal with many stain removal issues at once when dealing with chocolate stains.
There is no right or wrong way to remove stains, just what works and what doesn’t. Here are some tips for removing these stains.
Removing stains from clothes
It is important to identify the fabrics and read the washing instructions. So if you have chocolate stains on delicate clothes or those marked dry clean, you might want to be extra careful when indulging in chocolate.
- Scrape off excess chocolate carefully using dull knife, spoon or similar object.
- Pretreat with prewash stain remover or you can use lemon juice or vinegar to break down the stain. Allow it to work for 5 minutes.
- Rinse with water to make sure that acid doesn’t damage the garment.
- Machine wash as usual, but do not machine dry unless the stain is completely removed.
- If the stain persists, treat the stain with enzyme based stain remover and allow it work for 15 minutes and then wash as usual
- If the stain still visible, try using bleach safe for fabrics such as hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach to the stain. These can cause color loss so make sure to test in an inconspicuous spot first.
- Wash as usual. Do not machine dry unless stain is gone.
- If the stain remains, bring the garment to the dry cleaners.
Removing stains from upholstery
- Scrape off the excess chocolate carefully using spoon
- Harden the remaining chocolate using few ice cubes in a plastic bag, then scrape again
- Mix two spoons of liquid grease-dissolving dishwashing detergent and cold water and blot the stain with detergent solution. Continue until the stain is removed.
- Rinse the detergent by dabbing it with a dampened cloth and blotting it dry cloth
- If the stain in still visible, put some cornmeal on the spot. Let it sit for a couple of minutes – it will absorb the stain and any remaining moisture
- Brush away or vacuum the cornmeal
- If the stain persists, contact professional upholstery cleaner.
- If your couch is silk, just call professional upholstery cleaner.
Removing chocolate stains from carpet
- Again, lift away as much of the chocolate as possible using dull knife, credit card edge or similar objects.
- Then use vacuum to suck any loose chocolate left on the carpet
- Using a paper towel or white clean cloth, dab a carpet stain remover to try and lift the chocolate stain.
- Rinse by dabbing with clean water to remove residue
- If the stain remains, mix ¼ teaspoon of white detergent and a cup of water
- Pour the mixture into the stain and begin blotting. Work from outer edge to the inner part of stain. This way you are not spreading the stain further.
- Leave the area to dry and the chocolate stain should disappear
- If the stain persists, contact a professional carpet cleaned.
Your fabrics that are delicate clothes or those marked dry clean; these methods would not be suitable so bring them to a professional appropriate cleaner.