How to Remove Chocolate Stains
I am yet to come across a child (or for that matter an adult), who does not like chocolate. The main attraction in chocolates is in the “melt in mouth feeling” that comes from of low melting temperature.
Chocolate comes from tropical rain forests of South America where the tasty secret of the cacao tree was discovered 2,000 years ago. The Maya and Aztec civilizations were known to consume chocolate. Luckily for us, chocolate traveled to distant corners of the world in a very short time. Aztec empires required their citizen and conquered persons to pay taxes and tributes in form of chocolate money.
Now as much as it tastes good, it can be a pain to remove. The low melting temperature, cocoa butter and the milk solids can make a very unpleasant stain indeed. Follow these cleaning tips to make short work of your chocolate stains.
Chocolate Stains on Carpets:
There are two methods of chocolate removal from carpets.
- Remove as much chocolate as possible without increasing the size of stain.
- Take a spoonful neutral detergent in a cup of warm water
- Blot the spot with detergent
- Apply clean water with a damp cloth
- Prepare a mixture of household ammonia with water in 1:5 or 1:8 ratio
- Dab the ammonia water mixture to the spot and once again dab with clear water
- Repeat the steps until the stain disappears.
- Allow the chocolate to harden.
- Scrape the excess chocolate with a blunt knife. This will reduce the total chocolate to be removed.
- If the carpet is small, take it to cleaning area and pour hot water on stain. Continue poring until the stain disappears.
- If the carpet cannot be taken to cleaning area, repeat the steps in method 1
Cocoa or Chocolate Stains on Clothing:
Cotton fabrics do not present any additional problem for removal of stains from chocolate. They usually come off with regular laundering. To ease the removal of stain, you may allow the stain to dry and scrape off as much as possible by scratching with a butter knife, or you may apply hydrogen peroxide to the affected place after checking for fastness of color at some inconspicuous place on the same cloth.
Hydrogen peroxide itself may leave a stain and this stain may be visible after drying off. If this happens, rub the stain with sponge and warm water, apply powered pepsin to the affected place and allow it work for about half hour. Rub off pepsin and wash the fabric with warm water.
Common guidelines to be followed in treatment of stains are applicable for removal of stains. These guidelines are repeated here for the sake of clarity.
- Always treat the stains as soon as fabric is stained. At least wash off the stain with liberal quantity of water.
- Know the type of fabric you are treating at the moment
- Know the type of stain that is on the fabric
- Work from the wrong side, never treat the stain into the fabric, and always treat it away from fabric. That means if you trying to blot the stain into the blotting paper by heating with iron, Place the blotting paper on the correct side of fabric, apply heat on the wrong side of fabric.
- Allow the cleaning chemicals time to work on the fabric. Do not be in a hurry to get a clean garment immediately. It may work exactly the opposite way.
- Do not rub excessively. The fabric may not accept mechanical damage from excessive rubbing.
- Test the chemicals on an inconspicuous space on fabric, so that if the chemical is not suitable for the fabric, it will not be readily seen.
So if your child stains your carpet with chocolate, do not look at him/her with scolding eyes. You can easily undo the damage, and it will not be permanent.