Halloween Chocolate – A Carpet’s Nightmare

Posted by: on October 13, 2014

With Halloween just around the corner there is a strong chance that somewhere along the way you may end up with a chocolate stain on your carpet.

CandyHowever, a little melted chocolate shouldn’t be cause for a meltdown. Here are some steps you can try at home to get your carpets looking like new.

First, if the chocolate is dry, remove as much of the solid pieces as you can without damaging the carpet fiber.  Pick or scrape the chocolate off and then vacuum up the flakes that remain.  Don’t scrub at the chocolate as you’ll just push it deeper into the carpet fibers or damage the twist of your carpet fibers.

Next add a pea sized amount of dish detergent to hot water. Take a white cloth and carefully blot the stain with the mixture. You should test a hidden corner of the carpet for color fastness before applying the mixture to a more prominent area. Again do not rub the carpet, just blot until the cloth stops picking up the stain. After the stain is removed, leave the area to dry. You may wish to point a fan on the area to expedite the process.

Once the carpet is dry, you may choose to repeat the process with a water and vinegar mixture to remove any soap in the carpet – 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 2 cups warm water.

Once completely dry and clean, vacuum to restore nap and pile.

Happy Halloween!

 

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