Chocolate is a wonderful part of life. Chocolate stains? Not so much.
It’s wonderful that it comes in so many forms – chocolate ice cream, chocolate cookies, chocolate candy bars, chocolate syrup … you get the idea. Unfortunately, this means there are great odds of eventually getting chocolate stains on clothes and upholstery. The good news is that if you follow a few careful steps, chocolate stains are simple to remove!
We’ve outlined how to remove chocolate stains for you below:
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Clothing
How to go from, “Oh, no!” to “Oh, no problem!”
- Use a knife or spoon to carefully scrape excess chocolate off the fabric. This will help prevent the stain from spreading throughout the removal process.
- If you can, turn the garment inside out. Then run cold water over the back side of the stained area to gently loosen the stain from the fibers in the fabric. This step will make it easier for the detergent (in next step) to pull the chocolate away from the fabric.
- Lather the stain with your preferred stain remover, laundry detergent, or dish soap.
- Soak the garment in cold water for at least 30 minutes. If you can still see the stain after soaking, repeat steps two and three then soak again.
- Finally, wash the garment based on the recommendations on the tag. Be sure not to place it in the dryer unless the stain is completely gone.
Pro Tip: Have an old chocolate stain that you’ve neglected to remove for far too long? Saturate the area around the stain with heavy cream, and let it sit for half an hour. The fat in the cream helps to lift the fatty chocolate out of the fabric. After half an hour has passed, rinse the cream from the fabric and start with step three above.
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Upholstery
“Not on the new couch!” Don’t panic, do this:
- Carefully scrape excess chocolate off with a knife or by holding your vacuum hose directly above the stain.
- Make a simple stain remover by adding 1 tablespoon dish soap to 2 cups warm water.
- Apply the stain remover using a clean toothbrush, gently dabbing the stain remover over the stain. Be careful not to rub the stain, as this can work the stain further into the fabric. After each dab, rinse the toothbrush and dip it back into the stain remover before returning to the stain. 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 upholstery.
- Repeat steps three and four 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 banning chocolate from the house when it stains your favorite shirt or chair!
Molly Maid has been cleaning homes for more than 30 years. We know a thing or two about cleaning and stain removal. And while don’t offer garment cleaning services, we can help clean your home and keep it clean. Contact your local Molly Maid or call (800) 654-9647 to discuss a custom cleaning plan that fits your busy schedule and budget.