How to Get Rid of Chocolate Stains
Chocolate is supposed to be a sinful treat for most. Nevertheless, the only time I can think of chocolate being a sin is when it falls on my clothes or on my upholstery and stains them horribly. If dry cleaning is not an option, the following tips will help.
To deal with clothes, the best option would be to immediately rub the chocolate stained area with some dish washing liquid and put it for soaking in hot water straight away. If you are unable to do this immediately, then while removing the stain later, you may first want to stick the clothing piece in the refrigerator to harden the remaining chocolate and then scrape off as much as you can. Pour hot water on the reverse of the fabric where the stain is, then apply dish washing liquid to the area and rub to agitate the cleaning agents and wash out the stained area. If the residue still remains, repeat the process again.
If the stain is particularly stubborn, you can treat it with some glycerin and soak it in hot water. If there are residual grease stains, orange oil can be used to remove them. Apply a few drops of the orange oil to the stained area without diluting it and wash normally with detergent by hand or in a washing machine.
If chocolate has fallen on the carpet, the best thing to do is to allow it to dry for sometime and then remove as much stain as possible by scraping it off. Then some combinations of liquids and removers can be used along with a vacuum cleaner. Use a carpet shampoo or any liquid soap with a softener, work the area up to lather and then gently clean away with a damp sponge. Vacuum on top and allow it to dry. If carpet shampoo is not available, use a combination of ammonia and water in the ratio of one spoon ammonia for every cup of water. Apply this to the carpet after the excess chocolate has been removed and blot it with a sponge afterward.
For a good measure, liquid dishwashing soap can be used after blotting the ammonia solution. Work it up to a lather and then rinse thoroughly. Use lots of paper towels or sponges to blot away as much moisture as possible and then let it dry for as long as possible. Keep repeating the process with the dishwashing liquid until the stain is gone. If you do not have dishwashing liquid, any fabric softener will do.
On other types of furniture, to remove chocolate stains you will need the following first, a blow dryer or mini fan, something to scrape the chocolate off with, paper napkins, a hard bristled brush and a stain remover. First, allow the chocolate stain to dry as much as possible. The use of a blow dryer will accelerate the drying process. Then use a knife or a similar flat utensil to scrape off as much as you can. Once you have removed the excess stain, spread a paper napkin on the stained part of the furniture and while keeping an iron on a medium heat setting, apply it to the area through the paper napkin. Limit the use of iron as excess heat will start the melting of chocolate and help it get deeper through seepage. Use a hard bristled brush to remove the excess, and use a stain remover if possible.
The best thing to do is to take it to a dry cleaner whenever and wherever possible and this will definitely save you from all the dirty work (pun intended) and possibly save your outfit or furniture from more damage than necessary!