Chocolate is a delicious experience. While enjoying your tasty treat, you accidentally drop some on your well-kept carpet. . . What now?
1. Do not let the stain sit for a long time on the carpet. The key to removing the chocolate effectively is through reacting quickly.
2. Grab white paper towels to blot the soiled area. It is important to use white paper towels, because colored towels may bleed into the carpet causing an even bigger mess.
-Make sure to blot the soiled area and not to scrub it. Blotting will help lift the stain whereas scrubbing may deepen the mess.
-It is important not to scrub because you could damage the nap and twist of the carpet fibers.
3. Continue blotting the area until the paper towel stops picking up residue.
4. Dissolve the stain with a solution.
-A list of carpet solution options can be found on this site.
-Make sure not to use too much solution, because it may lead to rapid re-soiling. (Rapid re-soiling occurs when you do not get all the solution out of the carpet and dirt begins to attract to that area faster).
-Want to keep it Natural? You can also try a home remedy of mixing 1/4 teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid with one cup of warm water. Never use laundry detergent because it can cause your carpet to change color in that area.
5. Rinse the stain and solution area with warm water. A little goes a long way; make sure not to drench the spot in water.
-When blotting the area with water, work from the outside to the center of the stain. This helps the stain not to distribute further.
6. If the stain does not lift it may need the help of professional carpet cleaners. A difficult stain can sometimes call for professional carpet cleaning, but think of it as an investment!
Now, you can get back to enjoying your delicious box of chocolates without a fear in the world.