Chocolate is one of life’s great pleasures, but it’s also one of life’s great causes of stains. However careful you try to be, there’s always a crumb that escapes seemingly harmlessly, only to melt itself into the fibers of your carpet. Knowing how to get chocolate stains out of carpets can be a little tricky, because you usually can’t pick them up and scrub them like you can with clothes.
But worry not: with the right know-know it’s simple to remove chocolate stains. We’ve put together a guide on how to remove chocolate stains on carpets so that you can enjoy your favourite chocolates with peace of mind.
How to get chocolate out of the carpet: an easy method.
To find out how to get chocolate stains out of carpets, you’ll need a few strong and absorbent paper towels, a stain remover (or dishwashing liquid) and some cold water. Quick reactions help too, and if you catch the stain straight away then the chocolate won’t have time to ingrain itself into the fibres. The sooner you act, the easier it is to remove chocolate stains.
Chocolate stains can happen anywhere, so keep a pack of Plenty Handy Towels in messy areas so that you’ve always got some kitchen paper to hand. The single sheets and easy opening mean you can grab some strong kitchen paper with just one hand, and the lovely design of the packaging will look great in any room.
- Gently does it. Use a dry paper towel to gently brush away as much chocolate as you can find from the fabric, taking care not to rub it in or spread it around further.
- Add the stain remover. Take out another paper towel, or a clean part of the first sheet. Soak it cold water mixed with a stain remover. A good tip for how to get rid of chocolate stains is to stick to cold water, as hot water could ‘set’ the stain into the material and make it harder to remove. Always test your stain remover on a small hidden area of fabric before you attack the stain.
- Work from the outside in. Rub the dampened household towel over the stain in small circular movements to gently loosen the chocolate from the fabric. Work from the outside of the stain inwards to avoid spreading the chocolate to clean areas of the upholstery or carpet.
- Cover it up. Squeeze excess water from the paper towel, soak it in more of the stain remover solution and leave it over the stain for a few minutes.
- Rinse the area with a paper towel soaked in some cold water and assess whether the area is clean. If it’s not, repeat the previous steps again.
- Blot. Once the area is chocolate-free and sparkling clean, blot it dry with a fresh paper towel.
Knowing how to get rid of chocolate stains will mean that you can act quickly as soon as the chocolate hits the carpet. Biscuit, anyone?