How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Upholstery

COIT’s Guide to Removing Chocolate Stains from Upholstery

Who doesn’t love popping in a movie and eating a little chocolate on the couch? Or if popcorn is more your style, that’s fine too. Or you can go big and pair the salty with the sweet for a night of pure relaxation.

So what do you do when you accidentally spill some chocolate on the couch? Don’t worry. With Coit’s Guide to removing chocolate stains from upholstery, you can try several do-it-yourself methods to keep your furniture in good shape.

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How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Upholstery – Method # 1

For this first at-home stain removal method to remove chocolate from upholstery, you’ll need the following: a plastic spoon, liquid dish soap, and a small container. 

  1. Using a plastic spoon, slowly remove any remaining chocolate from the affected area of the upholstery.
  2. Fill up the small container with 2 cups of cold water.
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap into the water.
  4. Dampen a clean cloth using the solution you just mixed. Starting from the outer edge of the chocolate stain, slowly begin to remove chocolate from upholstery. The stain should start to lighten.
  5. Rinse the affected area by wiping it with a clean, damp cloth and wipe it with a dry towel to remove any moisture. Let dry.
  6. Using dry-cleaning solvent, apply 2-3 drops directly onto the affected area. Blot the area using this towel until the chocolate stain has completely disappeared.  

Removing Chocolate Stains from Upholstery – Method # 2

If you’re looking for another way to answer the question of how to remove chocolate stains from upholstery, COIT has one more method for you to try.

Once you notice the chocolate stain, make sure you take action as soon as you can. The longer the chocolate stain sits on the upholstery, the more likely it is to be absorbed even deeper. 

  1. Using a scraping tool, carefully scrape any remaining chocolate pieces of flakes off the upholstery. Avoid scrubbing, as this may rub any remaining pieces into the fabric.
  2. Wash the area with a soapy cloth that’s been dipped in hot water. As you massage the stain, it should start to gradually lighten.
  3. Pat the area dry using a dry towel.
  4. If the chocolate stain is still visible, take enough cornmeal to cover the area and apply it to the upholstery. This will help absorb the stain and any excess moisture.
  5. After letting the cornmeal sit and absorb any remaining stain residue, gently brush the cornmeal off the upholstery using a towel or scraper.
  6. The stain should have disappeared or lightened after performing these steps. If there is still visible discoloring, try following with an upholstery cleaner.


After trying the above-mentioned methods to figure out how to remove chocolate stains from upholstery, you should see positive results. If none of these methods seem to do the trick, consider calling Coit Upholstery Cleaning to learn more about our deep cleaning servicesDon't forget to check out our coupons!

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. 
These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by the use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

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Home remedies not working?

If you’re still battling stubborn stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.

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