Hat Care

How to store and clean your new or favorite hat. 

Caring for a wool felt hat:        SHOP WOOL HATS      

Maintenance

  • lay hat upside down when setting it on a surface. Laying it on the brim will flatten and distort the brim.
  • do not expose your hat to high heat, such as a hot vehicle, fireplace, 
  • if your hat is wet, from rain or sweat, flip up the sweatband and lay the hat upside down, or hang it on a hook and allow it to dry naturally. Do not use hair drier or clothes drier or subject it to heat (fireplace); heat could cause the wool hat to shrink. Felt will retain the shape it dries in, so make sure it is shaped as you like. If your hat is soaked, best to dry it on hat from. You can use a  container and paper in lieu to stuff crown to retain original shape.
  • hold the brim of your hat not the crown when removing it from your head to maintain shape of the crown. We prefer picking up the hat with thumb inside at sides and fingers barely touching brim.
  • make sure your hand is relatively clean when handling your hat; at least of grease.

Cleaning

  • remove dust and dirt by brushing with soft brush (hat brush designed for felt hats would be the best)
    • begin on one side and work your way around with short strokes (counterclockwise prefered)
  • wipe with damp cloth
  • remove lint after brushing, you can use small piece of masking tape 
  • spot cleaning can be done with steam, super fine sand paper, or damp cloth
  • dry cleaning is best
  • never ever throw it into washing mashine or dishwasher

Storage

  • if you seldom wear your hat, store it in a hat box or bag. Fedora, safari styles should be kept on a hat stand or crown stuffed with tissue so it doesn't sit on brim. Women's floppy hat can lay flat. 
  • you can stack similar crown shaped hats to save space
  • hang it on a rack, wider and flatter hook shape is preferred
  • wool hats can be reshaped with steam. Use steamer, or over boiling pot of water-of course with caution.

 

Caring for a natural straw hat:           SHOP NATURAL STRAW HATS

  • Grabing  your straw, panama hat by the pinch of the crown, could distort the original shape, or cause cracks and holes, especially the firmer weaved, glazed natural straw hats. Best practice is to hold it by the brim when removing from your head. 
  • place your fedora, safari style hats upside down, on it's crown when setting it on a surface or hang it up. This prevents the brim from curling up when you store it.
  • to dust off, use a soft brush.
  • to remove stains, wipe with a cloth or sponge, dampened in warm water and soap, do not let straw get too wet.
  • if your hat gets wet, dry it with a cloth, then let it dry naturally with the brim turned up
  • steam it to shape if necessary
  • misshapen flat brim straw hats can be shaped carefully with a lukewarm--not hot-- steam iron
  • store it on a wide, flat hook, or in a box supported at the sweatband so it won't lay on it's brim

     

    Caring for a paper braid hat:              SHOP PAPER BRAID HATS

    • Fortunately or unfortunately most of the "straw" hats nowadays are made of paper braids sewn or woven. Cotton or polypropylene blend paper braid used to achieve a certain look, feel or function (better UV protection, better resistance to water, packable).  More about paperbraid
    • Brush off dust or soil with soft brush.
    • Spot clean only with damp cloth or sponge. 
    • Do not soak. It will alter the shape or completely ruin your hat. Keep in mind these hats are made mainly for sun protection, not for rainy days.
    • you can pre-treat you hat with water repellent agent, to make is more water resistant
    • Misshapen, creased hats can be gently steamed - 4" away - with a tightly rolled towel placed underneath (sauce pan, hat form can also be used), then push fibers in line. For rough bumps, let it dry under weight. Test in small area for color bleeding before, and protect you hands 

     

    Caring for a leather hat:             SHOP LEATHER HATS

    • Pick up your hat by the brim as described above if you want to keep the original shape of the crown. Though, we love the look of a well aged  leather hat as its unique creases and wrinkles. If you agree, by all means pinch the crown.
    • Scarring and subtle variations naturally occur on genuine leather which makes each hat unique and enhances it's character, and proves it's authenticity
    • If your hat gets wet, wipe with dry cloth. Let it air dry on flat, clean surface.
    • Never  leave your hat in an enclosed area where it is subjected to extreme heat. It will cause shrinkage.
    • Do not dry clean, tumble dry, wash in dishwasher, use bleach.
    • Smooth leather hats may occasionally be treated with quality leather dressing. Brush off surface with soft brush, or wipe with damp cloth.
    • Suede hats can be cleaned with a stiff brush; stains can be removed with fine sand paper.
    • you can treat your hat with waterproof spray

     

    Caring for a soaker hat:               SHOP SOAKER HATS

    • These hats are made of micro-suede material. Composed of fine polyester fibers. Soft to the touch, light weight, durable and feel like real suede. This material absorbs liquid and dries slowly. Thus provide the evaporative chilling effect on hot summer days.
    • Hand wash with cold to lukewarm water, or wipe with damp cloth. Use mild detergent. 
    • use lint brush if needed
    • Dry flat, or hang it to dry in the shade.
    • Do not use bleach, tumble dry, dry clean, or leave in an enclosed area where it is exposed to extreme heat (ie. on dashboard in your car) 
    • Aussie Chiller (soaker) Hats
      • wash with mild soaps, or stain removers. Bucket hats and caps are dishwasher and machine safe, but do not put them through dry cycle or into the dryer. Air dry. 
      • pack flat. Will retain shape with only minor and temporary creases. Wet to restore shape.
    • RAIN: these hats provide some rain protection, as they absorb water.

     

    Caring for an organza fabric dress hat:         SHOP ORGANZA DRESS HATS

    • silk organza hats should be dry-cleaned!
    • synthetic organza fabric can be hand washed with mild detergent.
    • dry away from heat. You can place it on a hat form, but most dress hats have wired edge brim, so they stand on their own.
    • to get rid of wrinkles, use steamer-watch your hands! or steaming iron on low setting with a press cloth. You can also let the steam in the bathroom do the work. 
    • Shout wipes work well to remove makeup stains from the inner band
    • place in hat box or bag to keep dust off. It can be difficult to shake dust off of the  embelishments on the hat, such as feathers

     

    Caring for a cotton, linen bucket style hat:     SHOP COTTON BUCKET HATS

    • They are usually washable -check tag-, but they could shrink.
    • Use cold to lukewarm water and mild detergent
    • hang, of place on hat form to dry, or on round container in lieu of hat form
    • steam or iron if needed

    Cotton, Canvas Hats

    • use a brush to remove dirt
    • spot clean stain with wet cloth, use mild detergent if needed.
    • waxed or oiled cotton hats can be rinsed off

    How to wash washable hats

    Hats that are made of soft materials that don't stand by themselves, such as a cotton bucket hat, can be washed in a washing mashine. 

    Hats that hold their shape on their own, are best washed by hand. Let them soak in water with mild detergent. Use a soft brush or wash cloth to remove stains. Dry on a form to retain their shape.