Chocolates are nice, sweet, yummy and decadent. It’s not bad to snack on them a few times in a day, right? But, the biggest nightmare starts when you accidentally drop chocolate on your beloved carpet. Chocolates are sticky and dark in color, so it will surely stain your carpet real good.
Well, don’t be mad at yourself because you can still make it right. Accidents happen, and that’s normal. What’s important is to solve the stain. Here, we’ll provide easy remedies to solve your carpet situation caused by chocolate stains.
Different Ways to Remove Chocolate Stains Out of the Carpet
Feel free to follow any method listed below to get rid of chocolate stains. Remember, some methods may work, and some don’t depend on how big and deep the stain is on your carpet.
Method 1 Using Detergent and Vinegar Mixture
- First, you will need to mix ½ teaspoon of detergent liquid with 1 ½ cup of warm water and 3 tablespoons of vinegar with 4 ½ cup of warm water. Stir very well and set aside for later use.
- Take out the chocolate spill using a tissue or wet cloth, making sure that there’ll be no debris left. You can also vacuum the excess debris for a clean finish. Just make sure that when taking out the chocolate spill, do not smear it around the carpet and add more stain to it. Just scoop it out with only one direction.
- Then bring the cleaning solution you just made earlier, the detergent and vinegar mixture. First, start with the detergent solution and dab some onto a clean cloth.
- Apply the wet cloth to the stain and keep dabbing onto the affected carpet. To get rid of the stain faster, you will need to start dabbing on the outer part of the stain, then work your way towards the center.
- Then, let the detergent solution sit for at least 5-10 minutes so the mixture can absorb and soften the chocolate stain, this will make it easier for you to take it off after letting it steep.
- Then, get a clean cloth to take off all the stain. It should be softer to remove at this time. Just in case the stain is still stubborn to remove, you will need to use the vinegar mixture as a backup.
- Take another clean cloth and apply some of the vinegar mixture onto it. Dab the cloth onto the stain making sure you don’t rub it too much. The vinegar acts as chlorine or bleach, be careful not to apply too much so the carpet’s color won’t get faded. Apply just enough and let it sit for another 5 minutes.
- Clean it with clean cloth by dabbing just a little bit. The chocolate stain should be coming off by now. Let it air-dry and avoid dropping any material onto it.
Method 2 Using a knife or any scraping tool
- If your carpet is quite thick and hairy, the chocolate stain most likely didn’t go that far or deep to the carpet’s fibers. Chocolates are hardened fast when exposed to air, making them way easier to scrape. All you need to do is to grab a small knife or any scraping tool available at home.
- Then, you will need to scrape off all the hardened chocolate stains out of the carpet. Do this gently so as not to destroy the carpet’s fabric.
- If you see that the chunks of stain are coming off, then vacuum the rest of the chocolate.
- Then blot the affected area with a clean cloth with warm water to take out the remaining stains. Let the wet area of the carpet to air-dry.
Method 3 Using a stain remover
- If you want the stain to be gone in an instant, then a stain remover is a quick fix. Just purchase a stain remover at the nearest hardware store and ask for advice on which brand is the best to use. Some stain removers are too strong and can cause discoloration or fabric damage to your carpet. Make sure you provide details about the type and color of fabric you have so they can better assist you.
- You will still need to scrape off the stain using a knife or scraping tool. This will make the process faster once the stain is already thin. Vacuum the rest of the scraped chocolate debris and make sure there’s nothing left.
- Take a clean cloth and apply a good amount of stain remover according to the written instructions. Make sure you follow the dosage to prevent adding more damage to your carpet.
- Just dab the cloth onto the affected area of the carpet until the stain remover has steeped in. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Dab it with a clean wet cloth to remove the excess stain. The stains should be gone by now. If it’s still stubborn to come off, repeat the same steps.
Important Things To Note
- Once the chocolate landed onto your carpet, clean it immediately and don’t wait for it to go deeper to the carpet. This way, it will be easier to remedy the stain with the following methods presented above.
- Never use bleach, chlorine, or any harmful chemicals to get rid of the stain. This will bring more harm than good.
- If the stain is too serious about remedying, it’s time to ask help from Professional Cleaners.