Stain Removal 101: Removing chocolate stains.
Some helpful hints from your friends at Anytime Service.
I love chocolate…Who doesn’t love chocolate? But try and get a stain out of your clothes...
It’s fun to eat, grabs everyone’s attention on the dessert cart and even has some health benefits!
(Dark chocolate is good for your heart. The flavonoids have antioxidants that studies have shown that eating chocolate can actually protect your teeth. Our friends at "The Naked Scientists" tell women, and other chocolate addicts, that a new study has shown that Japanese researchers have found that parts of the cocoa bean used to make chocolate, can thwart mouth bacteria and stop dental decay.
My research finds that there are flavonoids found in chocolate that have antioxidant qualities. These antioxidants help control your blood flow and reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke. Chocolate is also thought to have a high polyphenol content, which may boost the production of nitric oxide in your body, therefore, lowering your blood pressure.
So now that we’ve determined that adults and children alike love chocolate, what’s the problem with chocolate and why am I bringing it to your attention?
Well, here are some facts about chocolate:
Chocolate is a combination stain, containing a bit of oil and a bit of dye.
Begin by pouring some heavy duty liquid detergent onto the stain, or make a paste of powdered detergent and water.
Wash the garment as usual with an all fabric bleach and detergent. If the stain is present, try again.
Laundry 101: The removal of chocolate stains from your clothing.
Here are a few tips from “Housekeeping.About.com”
1. Treat the stain as soon as possible.
a. If you’re unable to treat it immediately, at least soak the garment in cold water.
2. Remove any excess with a dull knife or spoon to remove any excess bits from the fabric. (try not to eat it now!)
3. Thoroughly rinse the front and back of the stain with cold water, preventing the stain from travelling through a greater amount of fabric
4. Rub some liquid laundry detergent into the stain, gently, allowing the item to sit for 5 minutes o
5. Soak the garment in cold water for 15 minutes, gently massaging the stain with between your finger and thumb to remove the stain approximately every 3-5 minutes
6. Rinse thoroughly and repeat, repeating the process until the stain is removed
7. Once the item is laundered, be certain you’ve removed every last spot, any evidence of remaining chocolate will literally be baked on if you place the article of clothing into your dryer.
You may have items that are made of washable fabrics such as acrylic, cotton, linen, modacrylic, olefin, polyester and spandex.
Follow these steps provided by “How Stuff Works”:
1. Wipe up as much of the excess stain as possible being careful not to further drive the stain into the fabric
2. Flush the stain with club soda
3. Sponge the area with a spot lifter or cleaning fluid
4. Apply a dry spotter to the stain and cover with an absorbent pad (a white cloth or towel works well)
5. Keep the stain moist using a dry spotter, allowing it to sit as long as the stain is being removed
6. Change the white pad/cloth for a clean item
7. Flush with dry cleaning solvent
8. If you find any remaining stain, apply a few drops of dishwashing detergent and a few drops of ammonia to the stain then tamp it down with a dry brush (use light strokes) or gently scrape it
9. Repeat the process of dampening the stain with detergent and ammonia and blot occasionally
10. Flush the stain well with water to remove all of the traces of ammonia
11. Allow to dry and launder as usual
What if the garment is ‘dry clean only’?
Point out and identify the stain to your professional dry cleaner. He or she will know what to do!
Of course we recommend that your washing machine be in tip-top shape, so be certain to contact your appliance repair professional to have your machine serviced at least annually to insure it’s proper performance.
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