How to keep, preserve and clean a Wool Felt Hat using the handwash technique.
Our first official, non-introductory blog (Yay!).
We know you love your hats as much as we do and so this is why over the next few weeks we will be highlighting many tips and tricks when it comes to all things hats to make sure that you have a better overall customer journey with us and so your hats stay apart of the family for longer.
So, without further adieu, this is how to handwash your hat – the right way.
There is nothing worse than coming home after a long day, opening the car door and your hat falling into the dirt, or even worse – the kids playing cowboys in the mud.
So, what to do in these situations? Here is our how to guide.
- Don’t Panic. Previously you might have thought that a stain on your favourite fedora may be the end of the world – this is not the case anymore- so wipe those tears away, unclench those fists and head straight to the laundry room.
Use cold water. Hot water will actually ruin the integrity and colour of the hat, so filling a bucket/basin/sink with COLD water is the first step
Tip: Add a tiny (about 1 teaspoon) of non-bleach detergent – even better if it is a wool specific one.
- ALWAYS SPOT TEST. Probably the most important step of the whole process. A spot test involves testing a small part of the hat and making sure that the colour doesn’t fade, bleed, or get damaged – if none of these things happen then this hat will be salvageable.
- Dry Brush. Use a soft bristled brush (felt hat brush, toothbrush, etc) to dry brush and then set aside for 15-20 mins.
- Submerge the hat in the water. Check on the hat every hour after that.
- Rinse the hat with cold water. By taking it out of the detergent and giving it a rinse, you are going to reduce the chance of irritation to your skin.
- Pat the hat down and leave it to dry. This is the last step (yay). After patting down with a towel (to try and keep the integrity and shape of the hat the best you can. Place the hat in a clean spot away from direct sunlight and leave it there to dry.
Goodluck and stay tuned for more hat tips in the coming weeks xx