Chocolate is delicious; there’s no hiding that fact. Unfortunately, it can also be particularly messy, especially when it melts. It also stain your clothing and your furniture if you happen to spill some or haven’t washed it off your hands yet.
You are in luck however, because even bad chocolate stains can still be removed if you take the right steps. In this article, we break down how to say goodbye to those chocolate stains on your clothes and furniture.
Everyone likes a good midnight snack. If you’ve had that chocolate bar sitting on the countertop and just can’t wait until tomorrow to eat it, you might even let it share your bed. As you slowly remove the wrapper from the chocolate bar, those sweet mounds of fudgy goodness start to show themselves.
As you go to take that first bite, you realize too late that you’ve been too wrapped up in the moment and completely missed your face. The bar falls beneath the sheets, smudging your freshly cleaned linens. Now there’s chocolate everywhere!
1. Remove excess chocolate.
As soon as you notice that you have spilt chocolate on your clothes or furniture, you want to remove as much of the excess chocolate as you can, as soon as you can. To do this you can use a cloth or a knife, but try to avoid spreading the chocolate around or rubbing it into your clothing even more.
2. Rinse in cold water.
After removing as much excess chocolate as possible, remove the piece of clothing with the chocolate stain and run it under a stream of cold water from the back of the stain, so that the chocolate passes through as little clothing as possible.
3. Stain remover.
When using a stain remover, make sure to check out the labels on your clothing before using it. If they don’t react well to a cleaning product, it might just ruin the clothing entirely.
If you have some freedom, there are three other options still available to you. They are laundry detergent, dish detergent, and special stain remover products. For both laundry and dish detergent, you should place about one or two table spoons of the product into a bucket before filling it with cold water.
Once you have filled the bucket, you can leave your item of clothing or stained bed sheet in the bucket for up to an hour to soak. Once the hour is up, take out your garment and see if the stain has been removed.
Using these stain removers are fairly simple; just follow the instructions on the bottle.
4. Soak it to the max.
If the previous step didn’t do the trick, the next course of action is to do what can be called an extreme soak. This involves a solution of hydrogen peroxide (no more than 3% strength) and a few drops of ammonia. Make sure that you put on gloves before creating this solution and throughout the soak.
After creating your solution, dip only the stained portion of your clothing or bed sheet into the mixture and let it soak for no longer than 15 minutes before proceeding to the final step.
5. Wash and dry.
After you have treated the stain in the previous steps, there may still be some residue present on your clothing, whether or not you can see it. This is why you should put your item of clothing into the washing machine with the appropriate level of laundry detergent before putting it on a regular wash cycle.
Once the washing cycle has completed, examine your clothing for any evidence of the stain. If there is still some left, go back to Step Three and repeat the process again. If you do not see anything, you can put your clothing into the dryer.
It’s important that you don’t do this until the stain is gone, because putting it through the drying process will settle anything the stain has left behind and will make it extremely hard, if not impossible, to remove.
Next, you’re faced with another problem. You come home from work, and realize there’s something you’ve been craving the whole day. You wander into the family room to see it just sitting there, waiting to have its wrapper torn off. ‘The family room isn’t the place for this kind of thing,’ you think to yourself.
You don’t care, you’ve been waiting all day for this moment. With a flying leap, you pounce onto the couch and immerse yourself in the deliciousness that is chocolate. After this satisfying session, you look up to realize you’ve done it again! There’s chocolate all over the couch!
6. Stain remover.
Since you don’t want to pour cold water all over your furniture, and there’s no real way to soak it, the next step in the process of removing a chocolate stain is to pick and apply your stain remover.
The first things you can try are the same as in clothing or bed sheets: laundry or dish detergent. Make sure to dilute the laundry and dish detergents before you try to apply them to your stain. Since you can’t soak the furniture, you need to make sure that the strength of these products isn’t causing any further damage.
If neither of these methods work, you can also pick out a special upholstery cleaner to apply to the stain. As with the stain remover for clothing and bedding, you should follow the directions on the bottle.
7. Corn meal.
While many believe that corn meal is only of use in the kitchen, it can actually be of benefit to removing stains. All you need to do is put some corn meal onto the stained area, enough to cover it, and let it sit there for a little while. Corn meal will actually help to absorb the stain as well as any excess moisture.
Now the only thing that you can do is let your furniture dry out and hope that the stain has been removed. You should examine the stained area before letting it dry, because as mentioned with clothing, once a stain dries it will set and will be much harder to remove.
Once you’ve conquered those chocolate stains, you should be ready to take on the world. Go get em’ tiger!