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Old 11-30-2005, 04:25 PM   #1
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Completely OT... chocolate stains on non-washables
I could just die right now... :crying: I just discovered that my kids got CHOCOLATE on one of our brand new living room CREAM COLOURED lamps :crying: The ones we bought to replace the ones we lost in the fire. Now I know that this is completely OT, but I thought that perhaps someone here had a chocolate fiasco with something that can't be washed... at least not by normal methods. Help please... :crying:
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Old 11-30-2005, 04:26 PM   #2
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What part of the lamp? The shade? What is the lamp made of?
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Old 11-30-2005, 04:34 PM   #3
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It's on the shade. My guess is that the shade is some sort of polyester or other cheap fabric. It's not paper anyway. We bought it at Home Depot, so it's not anything fancy shmancy, but it's nicer than anything we woulda gotten at my work.
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Old 11-30-2005, 04:39 PM   #4
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I have no clue if this would work, but I don't think it would hurt, but there are some things that Oxyclean gets out beautifully. The very day we got a new light blue carpet, my grandson got a bloody nose on the far side of the room. Oxyclean made it disappear. The blood, not the nose. It works as well for other food-based stains like berries. It might be worth a dab on the chocolate to see if it comes out.
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Old 11-30-2005, 04:44 PM   #5
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nicole, try a damp cloth with some dish detergent (like joy or palmolive) and rub gently and use a rinsed damp cloth to rinse it. If that doesn't work, try something a little stronger.
If nothing works, turn the shade with the stain to the wall!
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I was going to suggest Oxyclean as well. Make some up and then gently blot the shade. Rinse when you are done.

There are a lot of "instant" stain removers on the market as well that would be worth a try if the Oxyclean doesn't do it. I hope something works for you.

I don't have any experience with chocolate, but we got coffee on a lampshade once. :rollseyes: I didn't see it till a week later so it didn't come out completely, but it was much better.
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
there are some things that Oxyclean gets out beautifully. It might be worth a dab on the chocolate to see if it comes out.
I have some of the Wal-Mart brand Oxy laundry spray that's worth a shot. It's gotten out set-in rust and mildew stains, and ground-in slugs out of my clothes... DO NOT ASK!

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If nothing works, turn the shade with the stain to the wall!
Unfortunately, this isn't an option. With the way our living room is laid out, our tables are more in the middle of the floor... no where near a wall. :crying:

I'm gonna take a look to see what colours of dish detergent I have, and try those out first. Then I'll take a look at work tomorrow morning to see what I can find in the way of an Oxy spray that isn't a laundry spray. Hmm... mebbe I should just get off my butt and go downstairs and see what THAT bottle says!

Thanks so much everyone! I feel so horrible right now, and I was so sure {and right!} that you would all run to the rescue!!!
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And if all else fails, color the rest of the shades with chocolate! :rollseyes:
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Originally Posted by nicolethegeek
It's gotten out set-in rust and mildew stains, and ground-in slugs out of my clothes... DO NOT ASK!
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"Tide to go" pen thing? Someone told me it was ok...
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