We love Valentine’s Day. Between the Valentine’s Day cards, the candy hearts with the cute sayings and boxes of assorted chocolates, what’s not to love about a holiday celebrating love. We can think of one thing, stains. Whether it’s red stains from that red frosted cupcake or chocolate from your very own Valentine, stains of any kind are the absolute worst. If you haven’t managed to survive Valentine’s Day stain-free, here are the top ways to remove chocolate stains.
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Washable Fabrics (i.e. Cotton, Linen, Nylon or Polyester)
- STEP #1: Scrape or blot away any excess chocolate from the stain, but be gentle you don’t want to push the chocolate further into the fabric fibers, ultimately making the stain worse.
Tip: A dull butter knife or spoon works well for scraping off the excess chocolate.
- STEP #2: Flip the fabric over and flush the back of the stained fabric with cold running water. If you can, hold the reverse of the fabric under running tap water, but if that isn’t possible, saturate the stain with cold water or soda water. This will help loosen the chocolate particles from the fabric fibers and hopefully wash them away.
- STEP #3: Rub laundry detergent or liquid dishwashing detergent into the chocolate stain. Be thorough and make sure the detergent saturates the fabric. Again, be gentle!
- STEP #4: Soak the fabric in cold water for 15 minutes, gently rubbing the stain every 3-5 minutes. Continue to do this until the stain is gone. If after 15 minutes the chocolate stain still remains, you may need to reapply more detergent for a particularly stubborn stain. If the stain still persists, apply a commercial stain remover.
- STEP #5: Once you have completed the above steps, launder the article of clothing as usual in the washing machine and the stain should be gone. However, in the instance the stain remains, repeat steps 2-5. Be sure to check the stain and make sure it is completely gone before drying or ironing.
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Upholstery
- STEP #1: Scrape off the excess chocolate from the stain or spill.
- STEP #2: Combine two tablespoons of detergent and cold water.
- STEP #3: Take a clean cloth or sponge and use it to blot the stain with the detergent.
- STEP #4: Continue to gently blot until the stain eventually fades away.
- STEP #5: If you prefer to try an alternative method, you can always use a dry cleaning solvent and sponge the stain using a clean cloth. Blot the chocolate stain until the solvent is dissolved and the stain is gone.
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Carpet
- STEP #1:Gently scrape off the excess chocolate from the carpet using your hands.
- STEP #2: Combine one tablespoon of detergent with warm water then use the solution and a clean cloth to gently sponge away the stain.
- STEP #3: Start blotting the stain until the stain is fully absorbed and disappears.
Do your best to celebrate Valentine’s Day stain-free, but if an unfortunate chocolate stain occurs, you will be well prepared on how to tackle it. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
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