You know what it is like at Easter or any other time of the year when you have a chocolate fest – there always seems to be the one (or two) chocolate that has ended up melted into a t-shirt or wedged in between the sofa cushions, exploding out of its foil wrapper.
Chocolate can be a tough stain to remove – with a variety of proteins, fats and sugars ground or melted in to fabrics; it’s no wonder that chocolate stains can have a mind of their own. It is one of those stains that is easy to make much, much worse than the original crime scene. Follow our guide for stress free chocolate stain removal…
- Firstly, check the cleaning tag – if it says dry clean only you may be better off stopping there and letting the professionals take over. If you are feeling a bit adventurous or your clothes are washable, read on.
- Refrigerate the garment for 10-15 minutes if you can (try to avoid getting other fridge stains on it in the process though!). Try gently scraping away at the chocolate with a blunt object to remove as much as you can.
- Use a pre-wash stain treater, following the instructions. Alternatively, use ordinary dishwashing detergent on the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Wash the item in your washing machine, as per usual.
- If the stain is still persistent, try pre-treating and washing again.
Removing Chocolate Stains from Furniture & Upholstery
- Scrape off any excess chocolate.
- Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.
- With a clean cloth, carefully sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
- Gently blot at the stain until the liquid is absorbed.
- Repeat the sponging and blotting process until the stain disappears.
- Finally, sponge with cold water and blot dry.
Now you can enjoy your chocolate without worrying how you will remove those awful stains!