HAT CARE

for felt hats

All hats should be handled with care as they are handmade and hand blocked. Our hats are very luxurious and soft, they are not heavily stiffened like a “Western weight” or costume hat. They are made with high quality rabbit and/or hare fur felt with light to medium sizing unless otherwise noted. 

 

To prolong the life of your hat the follow tips should be followed:

 

Storage:

-Do not leave your hat in a hot or humid area, in direct sunlight, or in a car.

-Do not store your hat on the brim or it will become misshapen and stretched out.

-Long term storage: Place your hat on the crown, wrapped in acid-free tissue paper. Support both the crown and brim with the tissue and store it in an archival storage box.

-Short term storage: Place your hat on a wall hook or mannequin head for daily use. If you are using a hook, make sure it does not puncture or misshapen the hat. If you are using am mannequin head, make sure it does not stretch or misshapen the hat.

 

Cleaning:

-If the hat becomes wet, dry it as soon as possible in the original shape. Avoid using a hair dryer as this can cause the hat to shrink or become misshapen. Let the hat dry naturally in its original shape.

-Brush your hat using a hat brush. Follow the direction of the grain of the felt when brushing.

-Gently wipe away dirt or dust with a hat brush.

-Stains: Lightly wipe the stain with a damp cloth, following the direction of the grain of the felt.

-Fuzz or Hair: Wipe gently with a piece of tape or lint roller.

 

Additional tips:

-If your brim has wire, avoid bending it as it can be extremely difficult or impossible to get the brim wire back to the original shape.

-If your brim does not have wire, because our hats are very soft, be careful not to misshapen the brim by over handling it. 

-Do not pinch the crown as this can misshapen the hat.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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