Pudding stains can be tough to remove, especially chocolate pudding, but it’s not impossible. As with any stain, it’s always best if you can hit it when it is fresh. The sooner you work to remove it, the better the chances of the stain coming out completely.
There are different techniques that you can use depending on where the pudding stain happens that can be very helpful to you in treating the stain. Below are some common places that pudding stains will appear and what you can do to treat it. Remember, the sooner you attack the stain, the better.
Pudding Stains on Fabrics and Clothing
Pudding stains on fabrics and clothing are common. It’s easy to be enjoying a delicious treat and spill some on your clothes. Or maybe you are preparing a treat for the kids and you spill some pudding on your shirt or kitchen towels. Once you know how to remove pudding stains from fabric, you won’t have to worry about this anymore.
The first step is to gently scrape away any large pieces of the pudding from the stain spot so it doesn’t spread around more. Since pudding is a type of protein stain, your first step should be to rinse the fabric in cold water. Avoid using hot water on protein based stains because it will set the stain in worse.
Create a pre-soaking agent with liquid laundry detergent and water (cold). Allow the fabric with the stain to soak for at least 30 minutes before removing and then wash as you normally would.
Pudding Stains on Upholstery and Furniture
When your pudding stains happen on your upholstery and furniture, it’s not as easy a fix as soaking it and tossing it in the wash. So what can you do? First, the same rules apply for treating it as soon as possible. Scrape away excess pudding from the upholstery with a butter knife or spoon.
Next, use a clean white cloth slightly damp with cool water to sponge the area and pull up as much of the stain as possible. Use a dry cleaning solvent to blot up the stain. Continue the process until the stain has been removed from the upholstery.
If you do not have a dry cleaning agent, you can create a soak like described above, dip your clean white cloth in it, ring out the excess water and then use the same process of blotting at the stain until it is gone.
Pudding Stains on Carpets
Now if your pudding makes its way onto the carpeted floor, you will need a similar method to removing it as on the furniture. Scrape off the excess pudding and use the steps described above for upholstery to clean the carpet stain.
If you have a carpet stain remover made for organic stains, then you may want to use it for this method and blot the stain until it comes out.
Finally, remember that if you get a pudding stain on fabrics that are dry clean only, it’s best to leave this to the professionals. Take your garment as quickly as possible to a dry cleaner to have the stain removed. Let them know what type of stain it was and how long it’s been there for best results.