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How to remove chocolate stains?

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Do you love chocolate? We here at House Proud certainly do. There have been many studies linking cocoa and dark chocolate with health benefits. Cocoa and chocolate contain a large amount of antioxidants (flavonoids). They may keep high blood pressure down and reduce the blood's ability to clot, thus the risk of stroke and heart attacks may be reduced.

Whether in sweets or in pure form on its own, chocolate is also utterly delicious, but when it melts onto clothes or your furniture? It can become an absolute nightmare. Because chocolate has such a low melting temperature and is made from milk solids and cocoa, it's a laundry nightmare.  However with this simple stain removal technique, you can say goodbye to chocolate stains.

Removing chocolate stains from clothes or other washable fabrics:

Gently wipe as much of the excess chocolate as you can, taking care not to push the stain deeper into the fabric. Flush out as much chocolate as you can using hot running water from the back of the stain. Cold water would only make the chocolate harden and settle within the fibres. Soak in a solution of detergent and water for at least 30 minutes before washing as usual. Don?t rub fabric harshly to remove stains as this can abrade fibres and cause fading.

Removing chocolate stains from carpet and furniture:

When chocolate spills an unwashable fabric, wait until it dries completely and then gently lift the chocolate from the fabric. If it's a cup of hot chocolate that has spilt, blot up as much excess as possible so that the milk doesn't sour and start to smell. Using a damp sponge with a drop of detergent or dishwashing liquid, gently blot at any remaining stain until it's clean - being careful not to wet the area too much. Larger, more persistent stains may need additional work. If that?s the case, apply a little dry cleaning fluid to a sponge and gently dab at the stain until the stain is removed. Pat dry with a clean cotton cloth. 

Important notes on dealing with stains:

?The quicker you deal with any stains, not just chocolate, the more likely you are to remove it without a trace.

?Unless it?s a greasy stain (and chocolate contains approximately 30% fat) cold water is best for rinsing a stain, so as not to set it and make it more difficult to remove later.

?Before using a cleaning solution, test on an inconspicuous section, such as the inside of a sleeve, to check it won?t ruin the fabric.

?Always remember to rinse out one cleaning solution before trying another to remove a stain as certain chemicals react with one another and are not supposed to be mixed. 

?Read the care instructions  before attempting vigorous stain removal. Some clothing may be too delicate to attempt stain removal and are better taken straight to the drycleaners or professional upholstery maintenance company.

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