Whether it was your child’s birthday party or that cup of hot chocolate that got spilled all over the floor, chocolate stains can be a nightmare. The best way to remove a chocolate stain is to clean the area immediately by removing what you can without smearing or damaging the fabric. Following the extraction, cleaning the area with cold water, liquid detergent, and dish soap may do the job. For more information on how to clean a chocolate stain, keep reading.
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Whether it was those chocolate covered pretzels or the candy bar that got on your fingers, smearing chocolate into clothing happens more than you think. Getting it out can be a challenge, but it’s often possible.
Some people get lucky with just washing their clothes, but we will caution that. If the stain doesn’t come out and the fabric gets thrown into the dryer, the stain could get worse and become impossible to get out.
The best practice is to soak your clothes in a bowl of color-safe bleach or liquid, lemon juice, or vinegar. These solutions help break up the chocolate material so it can be extracted. Make sure to rinse the area after about 5 minutes.
Run water over the reverse side of the stain while you also lightly scrub it with dish detergent. Once the area is clean, you may be able to machine wash the clothing.
If the stain persists, you may need to call upon the experts and take it to the dry cleaners.
Dinner parties and holiday events often hide unwanted messes until the next morning. If you notice a chocolate stain on your carpets, here’s what you can do:
Start by taking a butter knife to carefully remove any chocolate residue that you can. All the little flakes and bits you get out can be vacuumed up, as you don’t want to smear them into your carpeting during the next step.
Then take a damp cloth and rub the area with a safe-detergent, dish soap, or carpet cleaner. Try to scrub in slow, circular motions, starting from the outside and working your way in. This helps ensure that you’re not further spreading the stain by just scrubbing back and forth. Leave the cleaning product on the area for about 5 minutes, some solutions recommend otherwise though so be sure to check the instructions on yours. Afterword, clean the area with cold water.
CAUTION: Make sure your cleaning solution, even if it’s a carpet cleaner is safe for your carpet. Some solutions can cause discoloration or have chemicals in them that are unsafe for the environment. If the stain has not been removed, feel free to contact carpet cleaning professionals as we have the tools to treat even the toughest stains.
Upholstery is kind of like a combination of carpet and clothing. It’s something you use over and over, but you can’t just throw it in the washing machine.
To remove chocolate from your upholstery, start with the butter knife technique to scrape away what you can. Then you’ll want to consider a color-safe cleaning solution like dish detergent or lemon juice (again, make sure it’s color safe!) Let the solution sit for about 5 minutes and then see what you can work out with a cold rag.
Try not to press on the area too hard, as the chocolate could get further pushed into the material. Because chocolate has oils in it, be cautious of hot liquids or working it out of an area with a blow dryer. You may get rid of the dark chocolate bits, but the oils that separate from it could severely damage your upholstery.
If a stain is giving you a hard time, or if you don’t want to take the risk of trying to clean the stain yourself, feel free to contact upholstery cleaning professionals.
Usually, we turn to chocolate when we need a pick-me-up, but when a chocolate stain has you down we’re here to help. As your Greater Lansing and Kalamazoo professional cleaners, Camelot Service Company has your back when it comes to carpet and upholstery stains. We have the right tools and team to get the job done right. Feel free to give us a call at 844-210-7333 or schedule a service online for a cleaning service done right.