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Chocolate Stain

Date: April 1991 (Revised April 1995)

Source: NDSU Extension Service Youth and Family Specialist

To remove a chocolate stain from washable fabric, follow these steps: Sponge stain with a drycleaning solvent such as Energine or treat with an aerosol-type prewash spot remover such as Spray'n Wash or Shout. Follow instructions on the container.

Rinse stained area with cool water. Do not machine dry as heat could set the stain. If any trace of the stain remains, rub a small amount of detergent into the stain. Launder garment following the care instructions on the label. Hot water will be more effective in removing the chocolate stain than warm or cold water. If these steps have failed to remove the stain and bleach is safe to use on the fabric, rewash garment following the instructions on the bleach container. If it is not safe to use bleach on the fabric, soak stained area for 30 minutes in an enzyme presoak such as Biz or Action. Rinse garment and launder again.

Before attempting to remove a stain, test the suggested stain removal product on a seam allowance, inside pocket or other inconspicuous area. If you do not have the time or the stain removal products on hand, or are concerned about damaging the garment, ask your local drycleaner to remove the stain. In some cases stains are impossible to remove either by home methods or by a drycleaner.

If you have more questions, please contact your county office of the NDSU Extension Service.

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