How to Care for Your New Hat
Hats aren't just a cute addition to your outfit, they're also your trusty companions in shielding you from the elements. But let's face it, they can easily become victims of neglect and wear and tear. Fear not, dear hat lovers! In this blog post, we'll let you in on the best-kept secrets to keep your hat looking fresh and fabulous. From how to properly store it, handle it with care, and protect it from the harsh outside world, to top warnings on what NOT to do to your hat, how to clean it, and even how to pack it for your next adventure. Read on to discover the ultimate guide to hat care and maintenance!
Best Ways to Care for Your Hat
- Store your hat properly: When you're not wearing your hat, it's important to store it properly to prevent it from getting crushed or misshapen. Use a hat box or a hat stand to keep your hat in its original shape. If you don't have a hat box, you can also store your hat upside down on a flat surface.
- Handle your hat with care: When handling your hat, it's important to handle it gently to avoid damaging it. Avoid grabbing it by the crown or pinching it with your fingers. Instead, handle it by the brim or use both hands to hold it.
- Protect your hat from the elements: If you're wearing your hat outside, make sure to protect it from the elements. If it's raining, use a waterproof spray to protect it from water damage. If it's windy, hold onto your hat to prevent it from blowing away.
- Rotate your hat: If you wear the same hat every day, it can become misshapen over time. To prevent this, rotate your hats and give them a break in between wearings.
Top Warnings for Mistreating Your Hat
- Don't leave your hat in a hot car: Leaving your hat in a hot car can cause it to shrink, fade, or become misshapen. Always take your hat with you when you leave your car.
- Don't expose your hat to excessive moisture: Excessive moisture can cause your hat to shrink, warp, or become misshapen. Avoid wearing your hat in the rain or exposing it to humidity for long periods of time.
- Don't crush or bend your hat: If you crush or bend your hat, it can become misshapen and difficult to restore to its original shape. Avoid sitting on your hat or stuffing it into a tight space.
Cleaning Your Hat
- To clean your hat, you can use a soft shoeshine brush or purchase a brush specifically made for hats. Opt for a brush with light-coloured bristles for light-coloured hats and dark-coloured bristles for dark hats. Gently brush your hat in a counter-clockwise motion, even if you cannot see any visible dirt. Regular brushing will help prolong the life of your felt hat. If the inner band of your hat becomes wet and oily, use a damp cloth with a bit of dish soap to wipe it clean. Let it dry upside down on the crown.
- To remove wrinkles or regain your hat's shape, place a damp cloth over the brim of your hat and use a low-temperature iron to gently press out small wrinkles. After ironing, delicately reshape your hat with your hands.
- Take your hat to a professional cleaner: If your hat is made of delicate or expensive material, it's best to take it to a professional cleaner to have it cleaned.
How to Best Travel and Pack Your Hat
When traveling with your hat, it's important to take extra care to avoid damaging it. While it's best to wear your new hat during travel, if you need to pack it, start by placing two layers of clothing on the bottom of your suitcase. Place your hat upside down and pack soft items around it, making sure not to pack it too tightly.
To help ensure your hat travels safely, consider purchasing a travel clip, which can be found at Granville Island Hat Shop. The travel clip will help keep your hat in place and prevent it from getting crushed or misshapen during travel.
For more tips on how to handle and care for your specific hat, visit our FAQ page of our website.
So there you have it, folks! By following these simple yet effective tips, you can keep your beloved hat in tip-top shape for years to come. But don't forget, if you're on the hunt for a new hat or need some expert advice on how to care for your existing one, then look no further than the Granville Island Hat Shop. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is always on hand to help you find the perfect hat for any occasion, and we've got a great selection of accessories to keep your hat looking its very best.