of Chocolate Stain Removal
Children and chocolates go together. They make a
wonderful picture. However, along with children and chocolates, creep up
those dreaded mini-disasters: Chocolate Stains. Chocolate stain removal is
by no means an easy task, and it helps to get all the helpful hints that you
One of the many stains that your kids invariably put
all over their clothes is that of chocolate. And chocolate stain removal is
a task and a half.
Chocolate stain removal has to be done quickly, and it merits very careful
Scraping off as much as possible of the chocolate with a blunt knife
constitutes the first step in chocolate stain removal. To aid in this step
ice treatment could be used. What this does is to make the chocolate hard
and brittle, so that scraping it off is that much easier.
Chocolate stain removal
has to be done quickly, and it merits very careful action
For chocolate stain removal from a non-washable fabric,
the chocolate stain must then be blotted with a dry cloth. Thereafter, the
chocolate stained garment must be taken to the drycleaner.
Fabrics that are washable can be scrubbed with a toothbrush and some warm
soap water. That in itself may take care of the stain.
However, in case a brownish stain remains the garment may benefit from a
soak in a sanitizer that contains sodium percarbonate. This should ideally
be followed by a warm water rinse.
Despite all these measures, the stain may persist. This can be tackled by
sponging the stain with denatured alcohol and ammonia, in equal quantities.
However remember to check the garment for colorfastness first. After the
alcohol-ammonia treatment the garment should be washed in warm water.
Alternatively, after scraping off the solid chocolate particles, the stained
portion can be held under running cold water, so that the stain is forced
off from the back. A liquid detergent can be applied on the chocolate stain
and then be allowed to remain for about 5 minutes or so. Following this up
with a 15 minute cold water soak would help in loosening the stain. Rubbing
the stain every 5 minutes would also be helpful. Finally, the cloth should
be thoroughly rinsed. This whole process can be repeated a few times till no
more chocolate stain removal is possible.
Sometimes an oily stain may remain, but this should be removed easily by
using a light liquid detergent.
Chocolate stains are certainly difficult to remove, but not impossible by
any means. So don't take that chocolate away from your six-year-old. After
all, there are ways to take that chocolate stain out.
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