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How to Remove Sweat Stains From a Tilley Hat

Updated February 21, 2017

Tilley hats are known for being easy to clean and care for. Most of the Tilley hat collection is designed for customers that lead adventurous lives--which can result in a fair amount of sweat and grime. Consequently, most Tilley hats are designed to be easy to wash on the go. Tilley hats can be made out of nylon, hemp, cotton, raffia or wool. No matter the material, the method for removing sweat stains is the same.

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  1. Saturate the stained portion of the hat with water.

  2. Dip an old toothbrush into undiluted washing powder. Tap (don't scrub) the washing powder into the stained fabric. Treat both the top and underside of the fabric.

  3. Set the hat out in the sun for a full afternoon. Check on the hat periodically and spray it with water to keep it wet.

  4. Wash the hat. Launder it if the material will permit. If not, hand wash the hat in the sink.

  5. Allow the Tilley hat to air dry.

  6. Treat stubborn sweat stains in coloured Tilley hats with vinegar. Add 2 tbsp of vinegar to 1 cup of water. Soak the sweat-stained portion of the hat in this solution for half an hour. Rinse the solution out with cold water, hand wash or launder the hat and allow it to air dry.

  7. Treat stubborn sweat stains on white or light-coloured hats with hydrogen peroxide. Soak the sweat stained part of the Tilley hat in a solution that is one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water for half an hour. Rinse the hat thoroughly in cold water and allow it to air dry. If the stain is still there, use pure hydrogen peroxide to soak the hat again.

  8. Treat sweat stains that still persists with a paste made or 1 tbsp cream of tartar, three crushed, full-strength white aspirin and warm water. Dip your toothbrush in the stain and scrub it thoroughly. Scrubbing this way can damage the fabric of your hat, so it should only be done as a last resort. Allow the paste to sit for 1/2 hour. Rinse the paste away with warm water. Repeat until the stain is gone.

  9. Tip

    The best laundry detergents to use are those that contain oxides, or those that are designed for stain treatment.

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Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Washing powder

About the Author

Meg Butler

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.

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