Chocolate Stains?

Question; A chocolate fountain tipped over on my daughter who was wearing a two-week old dark blue varsity jacket (wool body, leather sleeves). Only a tiny bit of leather got chocolate on it; a lot got on the wool body and the lining. A cleaner that does these jackets can’t get to it for at least a week. Should I attempt to spot clean the wool areas and the lining or leave it alone and wait? What about the formerly white varsity letter? Thanks

Answer; Chocolate is a stain that will set over time but a week or so will not make that much or a difference. Since the chocolate came from a chocolate fountain it will have hardened as it cooled down. Most of the chocolate will be sitting on the surface of the jacket with only a small amount penetrating into the fibers.

If you want to try and work on it follow the instructions I gave on my blog site under the Cleaning Tips Category, HOW TO REMOVE CHOCOLATE STAINS ( ) except you will be doing it in a larger magnitude. Otherwise leave it for your professional dry cleaner to take a care of for you.

Thanks for sending in your question.

Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito

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