Whether you wear hats often or only occasionally, learning how to care your hats will help keep them in good condition for years to come.
One of the easiest ways to keep your hat in good condition is to make sure you’re handling it correctly. Although different hats may have different care instructions, the standard of handling a hat is applicable to all hats. Avoid picking up your hat from the crown and, if possible, pick it up from the brim with clean and dry hands. When you put it on your head, grab its crown instead of the brim. For most hats, you should avoid getting them wet as that may cause them to lose their shape. If your hat gets wet, let it dry naturally and regain its shape.
Most sun hats have a built-in sweatband, such as bucket hat and fedora hat, while you may not be able to see it when you wear it. The sweatband tends to get dirty by the sweat, shampoo and other hair products. Sweatbands are the easiest place to accumulate dirt in hats. Luckily, this sweatband is easy to clean and keep your hat fresh. Usually, the sweatband of the hat can be removed. Pour the appropriate amount of water into the basin and add the appropriate amount of mild powdered detergent for cleaning. Brush the surface with a soft bristle brush, and then wipe off the stain with a clean wet white cloth. For leather sweatbands, you can use commercial leather cleaning products to remove stains and odors and then let them dry naturally.
It is very common to clean the exterior of the hat, and to prevent build-up of dirt and dust. You can use a soft brush or lint roller to remove dust, stains, and lint. If your hats have some delicate ornaments like feathers, ribbons, and flowers, you can blow them away with the cool air of a hair dryer.
One of the easiest ways to remove dents is to place the hat over the steam from a kettle for a few seconds. The steam should help soften the hat, allowing you to simply smooth out the dents or creases with your hands. Once the indentation has disappeared, you can dry the hat and it will recover its shape.
For some hats with feathers, droopy feathers can be restored by putting it over steam for a few seconds, and broken feathers can be repaired by adding a little PVA to the broken part. Curved feathers can be straightened with a hair straightener. Feathers that have been restored can be removed from most hats, and if that fails, you can cut them off from the bottom of the hat.
No matter you want to store your hats for short term or long term, a decent hat box is undoubtedly the best place to store them. Not only it keeps your hat away from dust and dirt, they also keep it from color fading in the sun. The hat should be placed upside down on the top of the hat, or put a paper towel underneath so the weight is not placed on the brim.