Valentine’s Day chocolates and red wine are so romantic – until they get dropped, smeared, splattered or splashed on your gorgeous new dress. Stains happen, even when you’re in a fancy outfit on a fancy date with your significant other.

But don’t fret. Well, you can fret for a moment (it’s deserved). Then, strategize your next move and shift into chocolate or red wine stain removal mode – pronto!

General Stain Removal Tips  

  • Act fast! The quicker you take action, the higher the odds of removing the stain.
  • Blot away or scrape off any excess wine, chocolate or other foodstuffs before you treat the stain.
  • Don’t rub it in. Please don’t rub it in. That sets the stain in place.
  • Don’t iron or put the stained item in the dryer until the stain is completely gone. Heat, too, sets the stain in place.

Specific Red Wine Stain Removal Tips

Just like different people react differently to a glass or two of red wine, different fabrics have different reactions to red wine stains. The best method of treatment depends on the type of fabric.


  • Blot away excess wine.
  • Be gentle, which means using a gentle stain remover that won’t ruin the delicate fabric. Charlie’s Soap Laundry Pre-Spray fits the bill, so spritz it on the stain.
  • Let the Pre-Spray soak on the stain overnight, keeping the area moist by placing it between two small cloths that serve as blotters.
  • Change blotters and refresh pre-spay as stain dissipates.
  • Repeat as needed until the stain is gone.

Cotton and Linen

  • Blot away excess wine.
  • Spritz a bit of Charlie’s Soap Laundry Pre-Spray on the stain.
  • Wash as usual.
  • Remember, don’t dry the clothing item until the stain has been fully removed through washing.

Synthetic Fabrics: Polyester, Acrylic, Nylon, Spandex

  • Blot away excess wine.
  • Spritz a bit of Charlie’s Soap Laundry Pre-Spray on the stain.
  • Wait 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water.
  • Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol to remove the wine’s sugar residue, an added stain hazard for synthetic fabrics.
  • Wash as usual ASAP.

Specific Chocolate Stain Removal Tips

Chocolate is a one-size-fits-all pleasure food, and it nearly has a one-size-fits-all stain removal plan for different fabrics. The only fabric you need to treat differently is silk.


  • Gently scrape off excess chocolate (a spoon works well here).
  • Spritz a bit of Charlie’s Soap Pre-Spray onto the stain, then gently dab with a moistened cloth until the stain lifts.
  • Rinse the garment and let it dry.
  • If stain persists, spritz with Pre-Spray again.
  • Wash as usual.

Note: Silk may need to be cleaned several times to get the chocolate out.

All Washable Fabrics

  • Scrape off excess chocolate.
  • Rinse the back of the area with cold water to dislodge tiny chocolate particles.
  • Pretreat the stain with Charlie’s Soap Pre-Spray, rubbing gently onto the stained area.
  • Soak the item in cold water for 15 minutes, rubbing at the stained area every 5 minutes or so to see if it’s gone yet.
  • Once the stain is gone, wash as usual.

What We Learned

The biggest thing we learned from all these chocolate and red wine stain removal tips is not to wear silk if we’re eating chocolate or drinking red wine. We also learned that Charlie’s Soap Pre-Spray is the go-to product for treating just about any stain on just about any fabric. In addition to chocolate and red wine, it works on oily dressings, gooey desserts, cocktail sauce, and mud, too.

And if you do end up needing a stain removal treatment on Valentine’s Day, perhaps you’ll also learn that doing laundry together may be just as romantic as a fancy date – as long as you’re with your sweetie.