How to Remove Chocolate Stains
Candy Image Gallery
Candy Image Gallery

Candy Image Gallery Chocolate is tasty but beware of stains. See more pictures of candy.

2009 HowStuffWorks

­Chocolate is­ the sweetest treat, until it lands on Grandma's white linen tablecloth. Here's how to stay in Grandma's good graces.

Don't make Grandma regret making you chocolate cake from scratch. These tips will keep everybody, especially Grandma, happy.

After you identify the affected materials, take a look at the tips to get those stains out:

 

Non-washable Fabrics

Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from non-washable fabrics such as Acetate, Burlap, Fiberglass, Rayon, Rope, Silk, Triacetate and Wool:

  • Blot up any excess, or scrape (the method of using a scraping tool to gently lift off excess solid or caked-on stains) any matter from the surface.
  • Flush (the method of applying stain remover to loosen staining materials and residue from stain removers) the stain with club soda to prevent setting.
  • Sponge (the method of using light strokes with a dampened pad working outward from the center of the stain) the stain with a spot lifter or cleaning fluid.
  • Then apply a dry spotter to the stain and cover with an absorbent pad dampened with the dry spotter.
  • Keep the stain and pad moist with the dry spotter. Let it stand as long as any stain is being removed.
  • Change the pad as it picks up the stain.
  • Flush with one of the dry-cleaning solvents.

If a stain remains:

  • Moisten it with an enzyme pre-soak (follow directions on label).
  • Cover with a clean pad that has been dipped in the solution and wrung almost dry.
  • Let it stand at least 30 minutes.
  • Add more solution if needed to keep the stain warm and moist, but do not allow the wet area to spread.
  • When the stain is lifted, flush thoroughly with water and allow to dry.
 

    Washable Fabrics

    Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from washable fabrics such as Acrylic Fabric, Cotton, Linen, Nylon, Modacrylic, Olefin, Polyester and Spandex:

    • Wipe up as much excess as possible without driving the stain further into the fibers.
    • Flush the stain with club soda.
    • Sponge the area with a spot lifter or cleaning fluid.
    • Apply a dry spotter to the stain and cover with an absorbent pad dampened with the dry spotter.
    • Keep the stain moist with dry spotter.
    • Let it stand as long as any stain is being lifted.
    • Change the pad as it picks up the stain.
    • Flush with a dry-cleaning solvent.

    If any stain remains:

    • Apply a few drops of dishwashing detergent and a few drops of ammonia to the stain, then tamp (the method of bringing a brush down with light strokes on stained durable fabrics and materials) or scrape.
    • Keep the stain moist with the detergent and ammonia and blot occasionally with an absorbent pad.
    • Flush well with water to remove all traces of ammonia.
    • Allow to dry or launder as usual.
     

    Household Surfaces

    Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from household surfaces such as Acrylic Plastic, Aluminum, Asphalt, Bamboo, Brass, Bronze, Cane, Ceramic Glass/Tile, Copper, Cork, Enamel, Glass, Gold, Iron, lvory, Jade, Paint/Flat, Paint/Gloss, Pewter, Plexiglas, Polyurethane, Porcelain, Stainless Steel, Tin, Vinyl Clothing, Vinyl Tile, Vinyl Wallcovering and Zinc:

    • Scrape to remove excess.
    • Wipe the surface with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water.
    • Rinse well and wipe dry.
     

    Alabaster and Marble

    Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from Alabaster and Marble:

    • Carefully scrape excess.
    • Wipe with a clean cloth dipped in a solution of washing soda or detergent and water.
    • Rinse well and wipe dry.

    If any stain remains:

    • Mix a few drops of ammonia with 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide.
    • Soak a white blotter with the solution and place it over the stain.
    • Weight it down with a heavy object.
    • Continue applying the solution until the oil has been drawn out and any remaining stain bleached out.
     

      Stone Surfaces

      Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from stone surfaces such as Bluestone, Brick, Concrete, Flagstone, Granite, Limestone, Masonry Tile, Sandstone, Slate and Terrazzo:

      • Scrape to remove excess, taking care not to gouge the surface.
      • Wash with a solution of washing soda or detergent (never use soap) and water.
      • Use a cloth or a gentle brush.
      • Rinse thoroughly with clear water and allow to dry.
       

      Carpet

      Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from Synthetic Carpet and Wool Carpet:

      • Blot up or scrape as much of the excess as possible.
      • To prevent setting stain, flush with club soda.
      • Try an application of Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover or a concentrated solution of a non-alkali carpet shampoo.

      After drying and vacuuming, if stain remains:

      • Mix 1 tablespoon ammonia to 1 cup water and carefully drop small amounts onto the stain. (On wool carpets, test in an inconspicuous corner first, as ammonia can harm wool.)
      • Blot with an absorbent pad.
      • Flush area rugs or sponge carpeting with clear water. It is important to remove all traces of ammonia.
      • Place a clean absorbent pad over the area and weight it down.
      • When no more liquid is being absorbed, allow it to thoroughly air dry.
       

      Felt and Fur

      Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from Felt, Natural Fur and Synthetic Fur:

      • Gently scrape to remove excess.
      • Mix a mild soap in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds.
      • Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply.
      • Rinse by wiping with a clean cloth dampened with clear water.

      If a grease stain remains:

      • Powder the stain with an absorbent such as corn meal.
      • Give it plenty of time to work.
      • Gently brush (the method of using a stiff-bristled brush to gently remove dried stains and spots) it out.
      • Take care not to force the absorbent further into the hairs. Repeat if necessary.
       

        Grout

        Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from Grout:

        • Wipe excess with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water.

        If any stain remains:

        • Dip a wet toothbrush into baking soda or powdered cleanser.
        • Gently scrub the spot.
        • Rinse well and wipe dry.
         

        Leather and Suede

        Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from Leather and Suede:

        • Gently scrape excess from the surface.
        • Mix a solution of mild soap in lukewarm water.
        • Swish to create a great volume of suds.
        • Apply only the foam with a sponge.
        • Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

        If a stain remains:

        • Powder it with an absorbent such as corn meal.
        • Give it plenty of time to work.
        • Gently brush it off.
        • Repeat if necessary
        • On leather only, follow with a leather cleaner or saddle soap to condition the leather.
         

        Silver

        Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from Silver:

        • Wash silver in hot sudsy water.
        • Rinse thoroughly in hot water.
        • Wipe dry immediately with a clean soft cloth to prevent tarnish.
         

          Wood

          Follow these steps to remove chocolate stains from Wood:

          • Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds.
          • Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply.
          • Rinse with a clean cloth dampened with clear water.
          • Polish or wax as usual.