Tips and tricks for taking care of your Wool Felt Hats!

Taking care of wool felt hats is essential to ensure their longevity and maintain their shape and appearance. Here are some best practices for looking after your wool felt hats:

  1. Storage: Store your hat in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading and deterioration of the material. Use a hat box or a shelf with enough space to keep the shape of the brim and crown. Avoid hanging your hat on a hook or peg for long periods, as this can distort the shape.

  2. Handling: Always handle your hat by the brim, not the crown. Picking it up by the crown can lead to indentations and misshaping over time.

  3. Cleaning: To remove dust and loose dirt, gently brush your wool felt hat with a soft-bristled hat brush, moving in the same direction around the hat. For stains, use a damp cloth with mild soap and dab gently, avoiding circular motions which can warp the felt. Let the hat air dry away from heat sources.

  4. Spot Cleaning: For more persistent stains, consider using a specialized felt hat cleaner following the product's instructions. Always test on a small, inconspicuous area first.

  5. Drying: If your hat gets wet, shake off excess water and let it air dry naturally on a flat surface or a hat form that supports both the brim and crown. Do not use heat to speed up the drying process as it can shrink or misshape the wool felt.

  6. Reshaping: Steam can be used to reshape a wool felt hat. Hold the hat over the steam from a kettle or pot (carefully to avoid burns) and then gently mold it with your hands. Allow the hat to cool and dry in the desired shape.

  7. Maintenance: Regularly check your hat for signs of wear and tear. Minor repairs can often be made at home, but significant damage may require professional attention.

  8. Protection: Use a protective spray designed for wool to help repel water and stains. Follow the instructions on the product for best results.

  9. Rotation: If you have multiple hats, rotate their use to avoid excessive wear on any single hat.

  10. Professional Care: For deep cleaning or serious reshaping, consider taking your hat to a professional hatter or cleaner who specializes in wool felt hats. They have the expertise and equipment to handle significant issues without damaging the hat.