- Aug 18, 2018 -
For felt and other fabric fedoras, begin by removing dust with a soft bristled clothes brush; always brushing with the nap of the fabric. You can also use a lint roller to remove fuzz and dirt. Use it gently to prevent misshaping the hat. For straw, simply wipe with a damp, white cloth to remove dust.
If you get caught in the rain and your hat becomes wet, shake off excess water. Allow to air dry away from high heat or direct sunlight. If possible, use a hat form or large jar to support the hat to keep the brim from flattening and the top or "pinch" of the hat from becoming misshapen.
If you perspire heavily while wearing the hat, carefully wipe down the inside and outside of the hat with a damp cloth to remove excess body salts. Turn the hat band out and allow the hat to dry completely between wearings. If salt stains form on the felt, dip a white cloth into an equal mix of distilled white vinegar and water. Spot clean the salt stains and then allow to dry completely. Use a soft brush to restore the nap of the felt.
If the sweatband is made of leather and it becomes stiff, clean with a saddle soap and then use a leather conditioner to keep it supple. Take extra care to prevent the conditioner from touching the felt because it will leave a stain.
To remove oily stains from hair products, lotions, or body oils, sprinkle the stained area with cornstarch or talcum powder. Allow the powder to remain on the hat for at least a couple of hours and then brush away. The powder will absorb the oils. Repeat if the stain remains.
Do not use liquid cleaners on the hat unless the fibers are synthetic. You can use a bit of mild detergent mixed with water on a clean, white cloth to spot treat stains. Rinse by wiping with a cloth dipped in plain water and allow to dry naturally.