Enjoy chocolate eggs this Easter without having to worry about stains!
Easter celebrations may be a little different yet again this year as a result of lockdown regulations and social distancing, but this long-awaited weekend is still a time to spend quality time with family, celebrate traditions, and of course, eat a lot of chocolate.
Chocolate eggs, Easter Egg hunts, and delicious chocolate cake mean messy mouths, sticky fingers, chocolatey stains on couches, and pretty Easter outfits. At this time of the year, children and adults-alike can be equally guilty of causing unexpected chocolate stains, but don’t worry: if you catch the stains quickly, they can easily be cleaned.
Cleanipedia, South Africa’s first online, one-stop hub for easy cleaning and organising tips for a happier home suggests the following easy-to-follow chocolate stain removal tips that will help you get chocolate out of a variety of fabrics.
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Clothes – Washable Fabrics
Luckily, with some fast action and a little bit of elbow grease, it’s not too difficult to remove chocolate stains from everyday washable fabrics like cotton, linen, nylon, or polyester.
- Scrape or blot away any excess chocolate from stain. Be gentle when doing this, as you don’t want to grind the chocolate further into the clothing fibres.
- Flush the back of the stained fabric with cold running water or soda water. Ideally, hold the reverse of the fabric under the tap or – if that’s impossible – saturate the stain with cold water or soda water. This will help loosen the chocolate particles and drive them out of the clothing fibres.
- Rub a laundry liquid or dishwashing liquid into the stain. Do this thoroughly (but not too roughly), using a laundry detergent formulated for stains or a quality dishwashing liquid and make sure the detergent saturates the fabric.
- Soak the garment in cold water for 15 minutes, and gently rub at the stain every 3-5 minutes or so. Keep on doing this and rinsing, until the stain is gone. You may need to re-apply more detergent for a, particularly tough stain.
- If the stain persists, apply a commercial stain remover. Follow the directions.
- Launder as usual in the washing machine, and the stain should be gone! If not, repeat steps 2-5. Be sure to check the stain is completely gone before you tumble-dry or iron the garment.
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Non-Washable Fabrics
Acetate, silk, rayon, wool, and other non-washable fabrics may require a more specialised approach to chocolate stain removal. It might be easier to take any clothing to the dry cleaners rather than risking any damage.
- Always read your garment care tags first.
- Act quickly once your clothes have been stained. The longer you wait to treat chocolate stains, the harder it will be to remove them.
- Always use cold water to treat a chocolate stain, as hot water can cause a chocolate stain to set.
- When treating a stain, ideally place a clean cloth or paper towel underneath the stain, so it does not spread onto the fabric underneath.
Remember, persistence is key to stain removal! If the stain doesn’t disappear on the first go, try again – stubborn chocolate stains need perseverance! With these easy steps, you now know how to remove chocolate from clothes so you can indulge in chocolate carefree this Easter.
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