Chocolate stains in carpet are oil-based and can be very hard to remove. Hot chocolate stains also include the risk of milk souring in your carpet and leaving an odor in your home.
To tackle any chocolate-based stain, you need to move quickly.
In this guide you will learn how to remove chocolate stains from carpet with common household items and a few warnings of what not to do.
Cleaning experts with Good Housekeeping recommend scraping away as much chocolate residue as possible.
Working with white cloths or paper towels, use a mixture of detergent and cool water to blot at the stain from the outer edges toward the center.
A Multi-Step Process
Experts with the University of Illinois Extension recommend a three step process to neutralize, remove and if necessary, bleach the oil stains from chocolate out of your carpet fibers.
Note: Some chemicals may bleach the color of your carpet, so it’s important to understand what you can and cannot use on your carpet.
Steps to remove chocolate stains:
- Scrape away as much chocolate as possible.
- Mix 1 tbsp. clear ammonia with 1/2 cup of water and spray it onto the carpet stain.
- Blot with a white paper towel.
- Mix 1/4 tsp clear lanolin-free dishwashing liquid with 1 quart of water.
- Blot into the stain from the outside edge to the center until the stain is gone.
- Rinse the carpet thoroughly by spraying it with plain water, then cover the wet area with white paper towels and weight them down to soak up the water.
- If this doesn’t take care of the stain, you can use a white paper towel to moisten the fibers with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let the peroxide stand for one hour, reapply if necessary, and then reapply fresh paper towels and weight. Peroxide doesn’t need to be rinsed away.
A Word About Dry Cleaning Fluid
Many experts recommend keeping dry cleaning fluid in your home for disasters like chocolate syrup or hot chocolate stains.
However, cleaning authorities with The Spruce recommend using this product with great care. Dry cleaning solvent is flammable and contains toxins.
Test your carpet for color fastness before using dry cleaning fluid in a visible area of the floor. Be prepared to rinse away the dry cleaning fluid so you don’t wind up with a ring around the original stain.
Store dry cleaning fluid away from heat and make sure it’s marked as a dangerous toxin.
Hot Chocolate Spills
Once you get rid of the discoloration from the chocolate, you may still have milk in the carpet that you need to remove.
- Rinse and blot as thoroughly as you can.
- Once the carpet is dry, sprinkling ground coffee on the spot to absorb all of the sour milk smell.
- Leave the coffee for three to five hours and then vacuum it up.
SEE ALSO: How To Get Rid Of Coffee Stains
Keep Dish Soap On Hand!
Nearly all dish soaps have a degreaser in them; unfortunately, many of them are tinted so direct application can darken the spot on your carpet and make it hard to figure what’s wet, what’s still stained, and what’s dish soap.
If you seldom wash dishes by hand, keep a bottle of clear dish soap under the sink for a quick remedy to any oil based stain. This product will help you clean up clothing, carpet and upholstery.
Whether from a dessert disaster, a tipped fondue pot or a child’s hot chocolate cup, carpet on chocolate is a problematic stain.
The oil in chocolate can cling to fibers, while the milk in hot chocolate can sour and leave an unpleasant odor.
Work quickly, blot and rinse thoroughly, and hopefully the stain will be gone!