It is that time of year where lovers have just exchanged gifts and chocolates to show their love for each other on Valentine’s Day – the dedicated day of romance. For those with little ones or even for the unexpected accident, those delicious chocolates can stain and mar your carpets or your upholstery. It’s bad enough when you notice the stains right away but even worse when you discover them a week or two later! Don’t let these stains put a damper on your mood. Carpet Care 2000 can provide a few methods to clean chocolate stains out of your carpets and upholsteries.
How to Get Chocolate Out of Upholstery
So your lovely Valentine’s Day chocolates somehow ended up all over your upholstery. For those with leather or faux leather couches you’re in luck. Grab a leather wipe and swipe it away. For those with fabric based upholstery however, here are the next few steps you can take to remove the chocolate stains from off your favorite furniture.
Step 1. Scrape away any excess chocolate that is left on the upholstery. Then use a vacuum with the hose attachment to suck up the crumbs.
Step 2. Mix 2 tablespoons of laundry detergent and 1 cup cold water. You can use a bowl or spray bottle.
Step 3. Use a sponge and blot at the stain. Note: never scrub at a stain or you can actually spread it more and cause a bigger stain.
Step 4. Continue to blot at the stain until it dissolves. It helps to have a Dry/Wet vac to suck up the detergent mixture as you blot out the stain. You can also use a dry cloth to help absorb the moisture on top of your upholstery.
How to Get Chocolate Stains Out of Carpets
Chocolate stains can be devastating on our carpets. Nothing makes carpets look dirtier than brown stains. Especially on lighter colored carpet, those brown stains just draw the eye there and glare at you. Here is a good method to removing chocolate stains from off your carpets.
Step 1. Again scrape away any excess chocolate and suck up the crumbs with the vacuum cleaner.
Step 2. Create a mixture in a bowl of 1 cup of warm water with 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent.
Step 3. With a clean cloth or sponge, blot at the stain until the chocolate starts to absorb into the cloth or sponge. Make sure to rinse the sponge or cloth often.
Step 4. Use the cleaning solution and blot at the stain multiple times. A dry cloth will help absorb the moisture until the stain dissolves.
Step 5. If your stain is too tough for the detergent solution, try a mixture of 2 cups of lukewarm water with 1 tablespoon of ammonia.
Step 6. Repeat step 4. Apply the ammonia mixture instead of the soap until the stain dissipates.
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Stubborn stains like chocolate aren’t fun to try and remove. However it’s not impossible. With the right techniques and cleaning solutions, you can reclaim your carpets and upholstery from almost any stain. Carpet Care 2000 hopes we have helped in this endeavor. It is our goal to help you keep your carpets, upholstery, tile and natural stone clean and looking beautiful all year long. For a deep and professional cleaning for the floors and upholstered furniture in your home or business, remember we are just a call away.