Ho-Ho-Uh-Oh! Hot Chocolate Stain in the Carpet

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips, Cleaning Tips

little girl sitting by the window with cocoa

This is the time of year for families to come together, for holiday parties, and a lot of guests coming in and out of your home. That means it’s also a big time for spills, especially when it comes to that holiday favorite, hot chocolate.

When someone spills cocoa on your carpet, don’t fret – Oxi Fresh has a handy cleaning tip to share thanks to the team at GoodHousekeeping.com. Check it out!

What You’ll Need
– Liquid Dish Soap (Colorless Preferably)
– Ammonia
– Bowl
– Towels

Let’s Get Cleaning
Step 1: Blot up as much of the hot chocolate as soon as possible. Blot towards the center of the spill to avoid spreading the stain further.

Step 2: In a bowl, mix a tablespoon of the liquid dish soap with around two cups of warm water. Dampen a towel in the solution.

Step 3: Blot the spot with the damp towel, working towards the center of the spill to avoid spreading the stain further. Rewet the towel and repeat this process until no more hot chocolate comes up.

Step 4: If this handles the spot, take a towel dampened with warm water and blot the area to remove any soapy residue.

For Severe Spots
If the spot doesn’t budge, you can try this more aggressive cleaning method, though you’ll want to be careful using ammonia on carpets as it runs the risk of damaging the fibers and dye. Make sure you wear gloves when cleaning with ammonia and, of course, never mix it with chlorine bleach.

Step 1: In a bowl, mix a tablespoon of ammonia with around two cups of warm water. Wet a towel in the solution and wring it out.

Step 2: Blot the spot with the damp towel, working towards the center of the spot from the outside edge. Rewet the towel and repeat this process until no more of the hot chocolate comes up.

Step 3: Take a towel dampened with cold water and blot the spot again to remove any residue.

Hopefully this takes care of the spill and leaves your floor looking great. If the stain proves too tough, remember that Oxi Fresh is here to help. Just use our handy Online Scheduler to book a cleaning quickly and easily.

Thanks to GoodHousekeeping.com for the great tip.