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Beer spilled on blue fox coat :( - advice needed!


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Hey Fur Den members,

 

So a really awful accident befell my blue fox coat.. Some beer ended up getting spilled on it

 

Luckily, it is mostly the lining which got hit, but some of the fur did too. I really have no idea what to do and don't want to do anything to harm the fur. Currently it's hanging up with the lining pulled away from the pelt so the beer does not touch the skin. Should I be doing anything to the lining right now? Or just let it dry? I will try my best to get it professionally cleaned as soon as possible, but it's very hard to find a professional fur cleaner where I live (Australia).

 

Any advice on how to save my fox coat from smelling forever like stale beer would be so, so appreciated! I'm so upset about this and feel absolutely horrible.

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The lining can be cleaned and probably de-odorized. Furriers usually have a solvent for cleaning linings. As to the fur itself, it will depend if the beer got on the leather. Furrier cleaning of the fur can remove dirt and odors from the fur, but I am not aware of any method to remove beer stains and odor from the leather of pelts.

 

Your best bet is to take the garment to a reputable professional furrier as soon as possible.

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Thanks for the responses.

 

Akcoyote, the good news is the beer only landed on a couple of little patches of fur and didn't soak through to the leather. From what I can tell (and it's tricky because the fur is so long and fluffy) there are some tiny patches where the fur has matted due to the beer. The lining took most of it, and it is now dry and seems to have stayed solely on the lining. Unfortunately, there is not one single professional furrier where I live! I'm in Melbourne, Australia. There is one vintage fur place that does alterations and professional cleaning, but they're not accepting any garments right now as they are very busy. I have found one dry cleaner who claims to specialise in leather, fur and suede cleaning too, so I might give them a ring and find out what their process is like.

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Yes, I'm definitely wary. I might try and find out what they do, post it here, and see what people think?
I'm guessing you phoned Linda Black? I'm sure you did anyway but did you ask if they could recommend anyone else?

 

Hopefully there's someone in Melbourne who can help you soon!

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Yes, I'm definitely wary. I might try and find out what they do, post it here, and see what people think?
I'm guessing you phoned Linda Black? I'm sure you did anyway but did you ask if they could recommend anyone else?

 

Hopefully there's someone in Melbourne who can help you soon!

 

I haven't yet, but that's a great idea! I actually have a coat with them that is being altered slightly and repaired which should be ready any day now. I do know they're very busy and may not be taking on coats for cleaning, but perhaps they can recommend someone.

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I haven't yet, but that's a great idea! I actually have a coat with them that is being altered slightly and repaired which should be ready any day now. I do know they're very busy and may not be taking on coats for cleaning, but perhaps they can recommend someone.
For a place that enjoys furs as I understand they do, I'd be surprised if they could happily just leave you hanging with a stained fur and not do anything about it
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As previously stated, you should not under any circumstances bring your fur to a dry cleaner. they don't have the proper tools to clean and care for furs so it must be taken to a furrier and soon. the longer you wait the more extensive the damage will be done to your coat because the alcohol will dry out the leather which would make it brittle.

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I guess the lining is stained with beer? The lining might need to be replaced?

 

 

Right, but the beer can soak through to the other side of the liner. If each of these spots on the liner are any bigger than the size of a US Quarter, I would absolutely take it in for cleaning and inspection at your local furrier right away.

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