Chocolate stains in carpet are oil-based and can be very hard to remove. Hot chocolate stains also include the risk of milk souring in your area rug and leaving an odor in your home.
To tackle any chocolate-based stain, you need to move quickly.
In this guide you will learn how to remove chocolate stains from rug with common household items and a few warnings of what not to do.
- Cup or bucket
- Cold water
- Dish soap
- Cloth or rag
Test the cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous section of rug. We want to make sure the solution doesn’t cause any discoloration or damage!
- If your stain is still wet skip to step three. If the chocolate has dried, take a butter knife and scrape off as much as the chocolate stain as you can.
- Vacuum as much of the dried flakes as you can.
- Run cold water directly over the rug stain. To do this at home, fill a large cup or bucket with water (depending on how big the stain is) and soak the stain.The water will help the stain start to loosen from the carpet.
- Squirt a small amount of light dishwashing detergent onto a clean cloth and rub the stain in a circular motion.
- Let sit for a few minutes. We know it’s tempting to keep cleaning, but the waiting is crucial here.
- Rinse again with cold water.
- Leave the area to dry and the chocolate stain should disappear.
If this DIY solution is still leaving your area rug a bit stained, consider getting your rugs professionally cleaned.
If you decided you may need a professional area rug cleaning, contact us 973-343-7627 for a free estimate.
Do you have another cleaning method that has worked for you? If so, you can submit your own tips here, for removing the chocolate stains from carpet or any other surface in and around your home.