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If a piece of chocolate cream pie or a stream of syrup finds its way onto a dining room chair, remove the excess carefully—you won't want to grind the stain further into the fibers of your fabric. Then, using a clean cloth, apply dry-cleaning solvent to the stain. (Great for carpets and fine upholstery, dry-cleaning solvent is a professionally approved tool that you should stash in your laundry cabinet.) Just blot up the solvent, and repeat the application until the stain is gone.
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