Chocolate is just a treat after any meal but can leave less-than-sweet stains as proof of your pleasure, especially in the event that you have kids in the house. Chair covers can be removed for easier stain removal, but carry them away as soon as possible after a spill to keep the stain from spreading into any material on the seat itself. Check the seat cover for washing directions specific to the cloth, then work quickly to keep the chocolate stain from permanently marring it.
Too Much of a Messy Thing
Whether chocolate was spilled, squashed, dripped or dribbled on your dining room chair cover, you need to remove as much as possible before you carry on the stain-removal process. Utilize a blunt-edged part of silverware to gently scrape any solid pieces of melted chocolate from the cover, and stain with a damp towel to remove any excess chocolate. You may need to put the whole seat cover into the freezer to harden excess spilled chocolate for easier removal.
Rinse and Repeat
Hold the back of the stained place under warm water and rub as much of the chocolate from the cloth as possible. Work quickly to remove the chocolate before it dries and sets, making it much more difficult to remove later. When the water runs clear, then add a few drops of dish-washing soap and gently rub into the cloth, then rinse again till you can’t remove any more of this stain.
Test a small, concealed section of this cloth before fixing the stain on component of the cover that shows in your dining area. Soak the stain in an oxygen-bleach cleaner, a solution of 1 teaspoon of vinegar in 1 pint of water, or a solution of 1 tablespoon of borax dissolved into 1 pint of water. Press the solution into the stain with a damp towel and allow it to soak for 2 to three minutes.
Erasing the Evidence
Wash the stain thoroughly again with warm running water to remove the soaking solution along with also the rest of the chocolate. If the stain remains, apply a laundry pretreatment option and allow it to set in accordance with package directions. Wash the dining room chair cover depending on fabric directions and the stain must disappear. If it still is there, you may need to take the cover to your dry cleaner.