How to Clean a Felt Hat

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How to Clean a Felt Hat
Clean a Felt Hat

Felt has been used for centuries and is possibly the oldest textile material. Felt hats are considered stylish and come in a variety of colors and styles. Follow these steps to clean one.

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    Use a soft-bristled brush on your hat each time you wear it. This can be a soft hairbrush or a brush made of horse hair or other soft fibers specifically designed for this purpose. Use a light colored brush for light ones and a dark colored brush for dark ones.

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    Use a soft and absorbent cloth to blot the rain off gently if you get wet in a rainstorm. Use the cloth over the spots in a circular, counterclockwise motion.

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    Try using a soft sponge with small pores for stubborn stains. Great alternatives are a makeup sponge or a bit of foam rubber. Rubber sponges have a slight stickiness to them that will grab the stain off the felt. Again, rub the sponge over the stain in a circular, counterclockwise motion.

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    Find a professional renovator if any stains remain. Stains such as sweat stains may need professional assistance since they penetrate deeply. It'll get a thorough cleaning with a chemical bath, and then stiffened and reshaped.

Tips and warnings

  • Use an old coffee can to hold a hat in place when cleaning and drying.
  • Store it on its crown in order to preserve the pitch or scope of the brim. If left on a table top, it may deform the shape.
  • Store the hat in a plastic bag to protect it from dust. Leftover grocery store bags work great.
  • Stiff bristled brushes may tear the felt.

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