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How to get Chocolate Stains Out Of A Couch

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

Chocolate is one of life's simple pleasures, but it can quickly turn into a headache when it ends up on your couch!

If you've accidentally spilled chocolate on your couch, don't worry - there are several methods you can use to remove it.

Here we give you the simplest forms of cleaning chocolate stains from your couch without the need for any professional equipment.

Steps For Removing Chocolate From Your Sofa

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Scrape off any excess chocolate

Use a spoon or a butter knife to gently scrape off any excess chocolate from the surface of the couch. Be careful not to spread the stain further.

The trick here is to remove the top layer of chocolate, you're not trying to remove it from the fabric of your couch as this can only further spread the stain and potentially damage your sofa.

Blot the stain with a clean cloth

chocolate stain on fabric

Dampen a clean cloth with cold water and blot the stain gently. Be careful not to rub the stain, as this can cause it to spread.

This brings the dried chocolate to the surface of your fabric couch and allows you to perform the next step with relative ease. If you skip this step, the next one won't work, so don't get lazy!

Apply a cleaning solution

You can use a commercial upholstery cleaner or make your own cleaning solution by mixing a tablespoon of dish soap with two cups of cold water.

Dip a clean cloth into the cleaning solution and blot the stain gently. Be sure to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the couch first to make sure it doesn't damage the fabric.

Then, grab some kitchen roll and dab it onto the area. This will transfer the chocolate from your couch to the kitchen roll, ready to be binned.

Rinse the area with cold water

Dampen a clean cloth with cold water and blot the area to remove any leftover cleaning solution.

This ensures that all of the stain is removed. You don't want to do all that work only to find out that you missed a few streaks and have to repeat all of the processes because the stain dried again.

Allow the area to dry

Let the area air dry or use a clean, dry cloth to blot away any excess moisture. Avoid using heat or a hair dryer to speed up the drying process, as this can damage the fabric.

What if this doesn't work?

If the stain persists, you may need to repeat these steps or consider using a specialized stain remover.

Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and test the product on a small, inconspicuous area of the couch first.

You might want to consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner to remove the stain if you're not confident in using harsher chemicals.

This is especially important when considering what kind of fabric your couch is made out of.

Some chemicals are designed for specific fabrics and could damage others.

Does This Method Remove Chocolate From A White Couch?

Yes, this method will work just as well on a white fabric couch as it does on any other. You may need to repeat the process a couple of times to completely remove the stain, that's because removing a stain from any white surface takes more elbow grease than it does other colors.

How To Get Chocolate Stains Out Of A Leather & Suede Couch

Getting chocolate out of these material couches take a slightly different method and a lot more care.

For Leather Couches:

  • Use a leather brush or scrubber dubber

  • Purchase a leather cleaner for the cleaning process. Dish soap can damage the leather

  • Once you have removed the chocolate stain, protect your leather with a restoring balm

For Suede Couches:

  • You can use a mild dish soap detergent

  • Do NOT over wet the area. Small amounts of water should be used

  • Grab a soft bristled brush and gently agitate the couch

  • Remove the water inside the couch as quickly as possible (use fans, baking soda, wet and dry vacuum)


In conclusion, removing chocolate stains from a couch is not an impossible task. With the right cleaning solution and technique, you can get your couch looking like new again.

Remember to act fast, be gentle, and avoid using hot water or heat to dry the area on suede. This can only further damage the materials and cause damage to the couch.

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