How To Get Chocolate Stains Out Of A Couch, Clothes, Carpet Or Fabric | CoachSweetTooth

Do you want to know how to get chocolate stains out of a couch, clothes, carpet, or fabric? The good news is it's not difficult to get rid of chocolate stains.

Did you just get a chocolate stain on your new couch or your light-colored summer outfit? Chocolate stains are quite tough to get rid of, especially if you let the stain dry. The worst thing about a chocolate stain is that it can get bigger and uglier if you don't clean it the right way. A brown-colored smear on the couch, carpet, or fabric looks extremely unsightly. The question; is it possible to clean chocolate off fabric, carpet, and upholstery, and if yes, how?

Cleaning chocolate stains isn't too hard. Fresh chocolate stains are the easiest to clean. However, if the chocolate stain has dried and is old, cleaning it can be tough, but it's not impossible. All you need is a toothbrush, mild dish soap or cleaning detergent, and running cold water.

Everyone has experienced having their clothes, carpets, or upholstery stained by chocolate at least once in their lives. Chocolate stains aren't uncommon, especially if you've got kids around the house. Most people often complain that chocolate stains remain even after they've washed it with a detergent. That's because chocolate stains are stubborn and can't be cleaned with regular cleaning. You need to follow special cleaning instructions to get rid of chocolate stains. The cleaning methods for cleaning chocolate off fabric, carpets, and furniture are all different. You can't expect the same technique to be effective for all surfaces, primarily because of a difference in surface texture and strength of stain adherence to the surface.

We know how to get rid of the toughest stains, even chocolate. We've tried various techniques, have failed numerous times, and finally found the ultimate way to get chocolate stains out of a couch, clothes, carpet, and fabric.

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Why Are Chocolate Stains So Hard to Clean?

Chocolate stains are extremely hard to get rid of. Many people often ask why? We'll tell you. The primary components of chocolate are tannins, proteins, and oil. Butter also goes in the making of chocolate, and the fat in butter is what leaves tough oily spots.

Cocoa, which is the primary ingredient of chocolate, is rich in tannins. Tannins are known for their dark pigment. This is yet another reason why chocolate stains are so tough.  

The fat in milk and tannins in cocoa both make chocolate stains stubborn and extremely hard to clean.

Can You Clean Chocolate Stains?

Most people fail to remove chocolate stains from their clothes, carpets, and furniture. That's not because chocolate stains can't be cleaned but because they don't know the right way to clean chocolate stains. Getting rid of these stains isn't as hard as you may think it is. You can easily remove chocolate stains off any surface if you do it right.

How to Get Chocolate Stains Out of a Couch?

Enjoying chocolate and sitting relaxed on the couch while watching your favorite movie on a Saturday sounds like the perfect closing of the week. While you're indulging in the sweet affair, you may leave a chocolate stain on your couch. And when you do, you'll freak out because 'chocolate stains are impossible to get rid of,' right? Wrong. You can clean chocolate stains from your couch.

The chances of you cleaning a chocolate stain off your couch are the highest if you clean the stain right away. If you let it dry, the stain will only become tougher.

If you've accidentally left a chocolate stain on your favorite couch, here's what you've got to do.

Scrap Off the Extra Chocolate

Use a butter knife to scrape off the excess chocolate. Scrap the stain using the blunt end of the knife and move from the outer edges of the stain towards the inner side. This would prevent the stain from spreading and getting worse. Your aim should be to remove as much chocolate as possible before getting down to clean the stain.

Freeze the Stain

Freezing the stain will make it harder and, therefore, easier to remove. You can use a piece of ice or an ice pack over the stain to freeze it. But don't make the upholstery too wet during the process. Once the stain has hardened, use a soft brush over the stain to loosen it and then a blunt end of the butter knife to scrape the remaining chocolate.

Clean the Remaining Stain with Liquid Detergent

Scraping will remove most of the chocolate deposit, but that won't remove the oily spot that chocolate often leaves. You'll need to clean the stain with liquid dish soap. Mix dish soap detergent with water and pour a few drops of the mixture on a damp sponge. Rub this sponge into the stain gently. Blot from outside in to remove as much stain as you possibly can.

Rinse the stain with clean water and then wipe the stain with a clean sponge to remove any soap residue that may be remaining.

Dry the Stained Area

Use a soft, microfiber cloth to pat dry the stained area. Don't rub the fabric. When the upholstery is only slightly damp, sprinkle cornstarch over the chocolate stain and remove it with a vacuum cleaner when it has completely dried.

Your couch will be absolutely clean and will have no remains of the chocolate stain.

How to Get Chocolate Stains Out of Clothes?

Did you just drop chocolate on your blouse? Well, no matter how much you wash the stain with water, it won't go away. If only chocolate stains were so easy to remove!

Though it's difficult, it's not impossible to remove a chocolate stain from clothes.

Scrap the Excess

Use a butter knife to scrape off the excess chocolate off your blouse, much in the same way you did with the couch. Removing the excess chocolate will ensure that the stain doesn't spread further because that chocolate is loose and can spread to a larger area upon scrubbing.

Rinse the Stain with Cold Water

Turn the stained dress inside out and rinse it with cold water. Running cold water over the stain from the underside will loosen the stain's grip on the fabric and make it easier to clean it.

Clean the Stain with Detergent

Once the stain has hardened a bit, lather the stain using any laundry detergent you use and soak the dress in cold water for about 30 minutes. The stain should be cleaned by then. In case you see the remains of the stain on your dress, run cold water over the stain again and lather with detergent one more time before soaking in cold water for another 30 minutes or so.

Wash the Garment the Usual Way

Once you've removed the stain, wash the garment like you usually do to ensure there are no remains of the detergent in the fabric, and the stain is thoroughly cleaned.

How to Get Chocolate Stains Out of Carpet?

You can successfully remove a chocolate stain from a carpet by following some simple steps. Since the carpet fibers are thicker, the stain may adhere to the carpet much more strongly. Your best bet is to work on the stain while it's still fresh.

Start with scraping off the excess chocolate before applying a homemade cleaning mixture of water and dish soap. Dab the stain with a soft toothbrush. Don't rub as it would result in the stain settling further into the carpet. After every dab, rinse the toothbrush with clean water, dip it in the cleaning solution, and dab again. Repeat this a few times.

Then soak a paper towel with a stain remover and blot onto the stain's surface till chocolate no longer appears on the damp paper towel.


Lori Gilmore

Lori Gilmore

Lori has been a Culinary Arts instructor for twenty years. She has taught in the public school setting, at the collegiate level and through adult continuing education as well as running several cooking and baking camps for children. She has participated in several cooking, cake & chocolate contests and has been well recognized. She has raised thousands of dollars for charities using the byline “Saving the World one Cupcake at a Time”. Additionally, she has had several articles regarding food published in various magazines.

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