If you hang your hat on a hook, it should be wide and dull. Over time, gravity paired with a sharp hook will create a dimple in your new hat. A flat cap can be stored on a shelf or stacked, without losing its shape. However some materials, such as wool, may attract moths. It is best to store your caps in a sealed container or box. Storing your hat’s crown in a hat box is best. It will protect the material and the shape from harm or damage. If you stack multiple hats in a single box, stack the heavier ones on the bottom, and lightweight straws and linens on the top. Do not store your hat in a car, no matter what the weather is like. This is no place for your hat. The dryness or humidity of the air inside the car can crack a straw hat, alter the shape of a Fedora, or affect the fabric of any hat. Do not store your hat in a window or direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can shrink and fade the color of your hat over time.
Create a gentle cleaning solution by mixing 1 tablespoon of detergent in to 2 cups of cold water. Dip a cotton cloth in to the solution, and gently apply a small amount to the stained area. Dab at the stain. Do not rub, as this can damage the material. Work slowly and carefully. Do not saturate the material, as this can cause your hat to be misshapen. Blot the area with another clean cloth or paper towel to absorb as much moisture as possible. Then finish by allowing the hat to air dry on another clean towel.
“THE LONGER YOU WAIT TO TREAT A STAIN, THE MORE DIFFICULT IT BECOMES”
Synthetics such as polyester and acrylic fibers are fine to hand wash. Fill a clean sink with cold water and 1 tablespoon of detergent. Place your hat in the water and gently agitate, then soak it for 5 minutes. Drain the sink, then refill it with cold water to rinse your hat. To dry your hat, roll it gently in a clean, dry towel, then unroll and dry it on a different clean, dry towel.
Blend a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Dab it on to a nylon-bristle brush, rub gently over the stain and let it dry.
Be aware that once a straw hat gets wet, it will most likely swell, causing it to lose shape, and alter the original form of the hat.
Place the crown down on a soft surface such as a clean, dry towel. Reshape your wool Fedora to its original shape before you leave it to dry, as wool forms to the shape its in while wet.
Odor is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the fabric of your hat. To remedy the situation, place your hat in to the freezer over night. This sounds a bit crazy, although it works great. The cold air will kill the bacteria and your hat should be as good as new. Do not place a Straw hat in the freezer, or the straw will dry out and crack.
WHEN TRAVELING, IT IS BEST TO WEAR YOUR HAT,
VERSUS PACKING IT INSIDE A SUITCASE
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