How does the quote go... Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get!
Chocolate is such a great part of life! Chocolate stains? Not really
It’s wonderful that it comes in so many varieties – chocolate ice cream, chocolate fro-yo, chocolate cookies, chocolate bars, chocolate sauce … you get the idea. The bad news is that there are great odds of eventually getting chocolate stains on clothes and fabric. The good news is that if you follow a couple of careful steps, chocolate stains are simple to remove!
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Clothing
Don’t worry, we got this!
- Use a knife or spoon to carefully scrape excess chocolate off the material. This will help prevent spreading the chocolate around throughout the removal process.
- If you can, turn the piece of clothing inside out. Then run cold water over the back side of the stained area to gently loosen the stain from the fibres in the fabric. This step will make it easier for the detergent (in next step) to pull the chocolate away from the material.
- Lather the stain with your preferred stain remover, dish soap or laundry detergent.
- Soak the piece of clothing in cold water for a minimum 30 minutes. If you can still see the stain after soaking, repeat steps 2 and 3 then soak again.
- Finally, wash the piece of clothing based on the recommendations on the tag. Make sure not to put it in the dryer unless the stain is completely gone.
Pro Tip: Have an old chocolate stain that you’ve neglected for far too long? Saturate the area around the stain with heavy cream, and let it sit for 30 minutes. The fat in the cream helps to lift the chocolate out of the fabric. After 30 minutes has passed, rinse the cream from the fabric and start with step 3 above.
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Upholstery
“No! Not on the new couch!”
There’s no need to panic, do this:
- Make sure to scrape the excess chocolate off carefully with a knife or by holding your vacuum hose directly above the stain.
- Make a simple stain remover by mixing 1 tablespoon dish soap to 2 cups warm water.
- Using a clean toothbrush, start applying the stain remover by gently dabbing the stain. Do not rub the remover into the stain, as this can work the stain further into the material. After each dab, rinse the toothbrush and dip it back into the stain remover before returning to the stain. You will need to repeat this step a few times.
- Soak up the stain remover using a clean towel or a paper towel. Again, be sure to press into the surface and not rub the stain into the material.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain is no longer visible and the chocolate no longer shows up on the towel.
We hope these simple processes for removing chocolate stains will keep you from banishing chocolate from the house when it stains your favorite shirt, chair or bedding!
Concierge Home Services has been cleaning homes since 2001. We know a thing or two about cleaning and stain removal. And while we don’t offer garment cleaning services, we can help you keep your home clean and sparkling all year round!