Chocolate stains on my carpet don't make me smile, even though typically this food, itself, does.
These stains are hard to remove, not only because they are on your carpet, which always makes stain removal a bit trickier, but also because these types of stains are what is called a "combination stain."
Chocolate contains several different ingredients, and each has a slightly different method for removal, including protein, fats and oils, and tannins, for example. You have to treat each type of staining agent to remove the whole stain, and be careful your methods don't set the other parts of the stain in the process to effectively clean up the mess.
Below I've gathered some tips for removing these stains from your carpet. As you can see, there is more than one right way to remove them. That means if you have successfully used another method not already listed I would love to hear from you and add your tip too!
The video below gives detailed instructions for how to remove a chocolate stain from carpet.
It takes about five minutes to watch the whole thing, but I believe it is worth it since it demonstrates many different methods for chocolate stain removal from your carpet.
First, the video suggests using surgical spirit (a.k.a. rubbing alcohol per Wikipedia for us Americans) on the carpet chocolate stain.
Next, the video suggests several of the same stain removal solutions as Stain-Removal-101.com for chocolate stain removal.
The first of these is a liquid dishwashing detergent solution, consisting of 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and 1 liter of cool water.
Next, assuming your carpet is not made of wool, you could try an alkaline solution consisting of 1 teaspoon of ammonia and 1 liter of cold water.
(Ammonia will literally dissolve wool so don't use it on wool carpets!)
Next, the video gives hints for neutralizing the alkaline solution by then adding a solution consisting of white vinegar and water.
This keeps adverse reactions from occurring later, to your carpet, because of a high pH.
Watch the video for full details.
So, there are some methods for how to remove chocolate stains from carpet.
Do you have another method that has worked for you? If so, you can submit your own tips here, for removing the stains from carpet or any other surface in and around your home, or read other tips which have already been submitted.
I hope you enjoy this gift, and stop by again soon!
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