So, you spilled your hot chocolate on your carpet? Don’t panic, there are ways to easily remove the stain without ruining the carpet.
Take a deep breath and check our tips. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps to remove chocolate stains from your carpet:
Act fast! The quicker your reaction – the less likely you will end up with a permanent stain!
First of all: Check any labels on your carpet for specific instructions and warnings in regard to the cleaning. Make sure you always take the time to perform a test of any kind of solution (even only water) on a small, inconspicuous area on the carpet and wait for at least 20 minutes for any discolouration or other negative reactions before proceeding to apply it on the carpet!
You need to blot off any excess chocolate or if it is thicker – scrape it off. Always blot and never rub, so you don’t embed the spill further deep down and so that you avoid spreading it around. For blotting use a dry paper towel or clean cloth. Do it until there is no more transfer on the cleaning cloth. For scraping – use a spoon or spatula and do it gently so you don’t damage the carpet fibres.
Make a mixture of:
- warm water
- and a little mild dish washing soap.
Apply it on the stain with a sponge or dampened cloth. Do not pour it on your carpet! Keep blotting until it is absorbed. Continue doing this with a clean cloth and repeat until there is no visible chocolate left transferred on the cloth.
If the chocolate stain is still visible, try a mixture of:
- 2 cups of warm water
- and a tablespoon of ammonia.
Blot it gently into the stain with a sponge. Use a clean sponge and cold water to blot the treated area until all solutions are rinsed off.
Place a pile of paper towels on top and press on them so that as much liquid is absorbed quickly, and so that the drying is faster. If the chocolate stain is dry, use a spatula or butter knife to gently scrape as much of it off of the fibres as possible. Hoover off the residues periodically as you are doing this.
Place a few paper towels on top of the stain and use your iron set at the lowest heat level to iron the paper towels and the stain. The chocolate will start sticking onto the paper towels, replace the towels and iron until no chocolate is transferred onto the paper towels.
If none of this helps, contact a trusted carpet cleaning company to remove your chocolate stain and to deep clean your carpet.