Halloween is here, bringing ghosts, ghouls, goblins, creepy critters, and, of course, tons and tons of candy.
Chocolate candy is one of the most popular treats handed out during the Halloween season, and with trick or treating in full swing in Kenosha, you will surely find some in your home, especially if you have children.f you or your children get chocolate on the carpet, try not to let it melt. Act fast! Here are some tips for removing chocolate stains from carpet and upholstery:
Scraping and Scooping
Before you can attempt to clean the chocolate stain from the carpet, you will need to scrape away any excess solid chocolate sitting on top of the stain. Be careful not to scrape or rub too hard, as you do not want the excess to press into the stain.
After removing all the excess chocolate from the stain, you should use only water and a white cloth to blot the stain on the carpet so the dye or printing does not soak into the stain. Perhaps most important is to be sure not to scrub the stain. Instead of scrubbing, blot the stain gently, pushing your fingertips into the cloth and working around the edge of the stain before focusing on the center.
Check the white cloth every few seconds to see how much stain it is soaking up. If the white cloth is absorbing a lot of the chocolate stain, then you might be able to remove the stain with just water.
If there is still chocolate left, you will want to move forward.
If you aren’t having success with the cloth and water, you will want to use some household liquid dish soap.
Mix a teaspoon of the dish soap in a bowl of water to create a mild, soapy solution and repeat the blotting process as before. The detergent should be able to pull the chocolate remaining from the carpet, since soap acts as a magnet for dirt and debris.
Once the chocolate stain has been removed, be sure to get another clean cloth with water on it to absorb any soap you may have left behind. It’s extremely important not to leave soap in carpet or upholstery as it will attract dirt and create a new stain.
Professional Cleaning Pro
If the chocolate stain is particularly bad and the above tips aren’t working, don’t worry. You can always call for help.
Nature’s Way Chem-Dry in Burlington is familiar with all the stains associated with Halloween treats and fall foods, including chocolate, and has had amazing stain removal results in Racine, Kenosha, Green Lake and surrounding WI counties.