How to Remove Chocolate Stains.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains.

You break your diet and sneak a piece of chocolate, OK a few pieces of chocolate. But it was all worth it except you dropped a little piece.

How are you going to remove that stain before someone sees you?

Break down a chocolate stain and you have Coco, Milk Protein, Butter Fat and Sugars. Knowing the composition of a stain is vital in determining the technique and spotting product to use.

DO NOT WET the chocolate at any point in this process between steps one to five. Freezing it will remove the moisture from the chocolate as well as hardening it. Wetting the chocolate will cause the butter oil and sugars to dissolve and penetrate into the weave of the fiber making it much more difficult to remove. If you are going to wash the item then you can skip freezing it, step two to five. Go ahead and start with step one, then skip to step six.

Step One; Using a butter knife scrap off as much of the chocolate as possible without smearing it or imbedding it deeper into the fabric.

Step Two; Take the item and put it into the freezer and freeze the remaining chocolate until it is hard, approximately 30 minutes.


Step Three; Remove the item from the freezer and continue to scrape off the remainder of the chocolate.

Step Four; Use a toothbrush to brush off what is remaining from step three.

Step Five; repeat steps two – four over if necessary.


Residual if any: Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent

Step Six; Create a spotting solution of 1part Seventh Generation laundry soap and 10 parts water.

Step Seven; Apply a small amount directly to the chocolate residual.

Step Eight; Tamp (tap) with a toothbrush.

Step Nine; Let solution penetrate chocolate stain for 5-10 minutes.

Step Ten; Rinse area with fresh water.

Finish by cleaning the entire item as recommended by the care label.

Seek professional help if necessary. If you have a good relationship with your green dry cleaners they will be more than happy to help you with stain removal questions.

Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito

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