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How to Clean a Hat

How to clean your hat is a question we receive time and time again. Having a clean hat to finish your stylish attire is just as important as the clothes you wear. That being said, we've created a list of helpful steps to clean your hat at home.
While a professional hat cleaning is ideal, that's not always possible. Below we've included details on how to clean your hat in your home and tips to keeping them clean year-round. Whether you are looking for tips on cleaning straw hats or cleaning leather hats, we have it all detailed for you in our how to clean your hat section.

Cleaning Fur Felt and Wool Hats:

1. To clean, brush the top and bottom counter-clockwise with a soft bristle brush.
2. Set your hat on its top or hang from a peg/hat hook to retain shape.
3. If your hat gets wet, shake off all excess water, let dry, then lightly brush clean.
4. Use steam to shape and clean hat. For heavy stains, powdered cleaners may be used.

Cleaning Straw Hats:

1. Keep clean and fresh by brushing with a small whisk broom or sponge lightly with a damp cloth. Use window cleaner for heavier stains.
2. Store hat on its top or hang from peg/hat hook to retain shape.
3. Keep most straw hat from getting soaked with rain. If your hat gets wet, wipe off the excess water with a dry cloth. Then, with the brim turned up, place on a level, clean surface to dry.
4. Steam your hat to reshape, if necessary.
5. Do not use artificial heat.

Cleaning Suede Leather Hats:

1. Brush your hat with a nylon/slightly stiff bristle brush to get out loose dirt and dust. Brushing periodically keeps the suede looking fresh.
2. Buff any matted suede or caked on dirt with emery cloth or fine grit sandpaper. It is important to choose a grit that matches the finish of your hat; 120 grit works well with most suede hats.
3. For light colored leathers, a suede bar (a suede eraser) works best on most stains. Move the suede bar in a circular pattern to "erase" the stain. You may need to work the material aggressively for set in stains. Then brush again with the suede brush.
4. Oily stains from sweat cannot be removed completely. You may remove most of the oils and odors with a mixture of 1 part baby shampoo and 15 parts of warm water. Use this mixture with your suede brush.
5. When hat gets wet, shake off excess water and let dry. Then brush clean.
6. Steam clean to get rid of water spots or reshape your hat.

Cleaning Leather Hats:

1. Leather hats should be periodically treated with leather dressing like minks oil, neatsfoot oil, Lexol/Brik4 or similar products. Be sure to avoid saddle soap, as that may dry your leather hat. (Oiled leather hats tend to require less attention.)
2. Once conditioned, your hat is ready to wear in any season. Avoid getting your hat wet, then placing it near heat. Also, avoid placing your hat in direct sunlight for extended periods, as such exposure may shrink the hat to a smaller size.

Cleaning Cloth Hats:

1. If your cloche hat is waxed or oiled cotton/canvas, simply hose off when dusty or dirty.
2. If your cloche hat is made of untreated cloth, use a stiff bristle brush to clean. In the event you have heavier, set in stains, powdered cleaners may be used to clean.

Cleaning Canvas Hats:

1. You can clean your canvas hats with a damp cloth. For heavier stains, you may use powdered cleaners.

Additional Hat Information:

1. All hats may be treated with a waterproof spray if necessary.
2. Some hats may shrink if exposed to extreme heat (ie, drying by an open fire, left exposed to strong sunlight in a closed vehicle, etc.).
3. The stiffened edge of the brim allows your hat to be shaped as desired. Some hats come with a flexible filament in the brim to allow the hat to be crushed.
4. Your hat will develop its own individual shape and character with wear. Any scratches or marks on the leather are merely proof of its authenticity. Like a quality leather jacket, hats just keep looking better with age and use.
5. Many hats come have wash & care instructions right on their inside tag. If you're unsure what any of those symbols mean, here's a helpful link.