How to Care and Store Your Hat
- DON'T store your hat with all its weight resting on its brim.
- DON'T store your hat in a place with high humidity such as a bathroom or basement
- DO store your hat on a foam head, a tall glass bottle, or similar object to support the hat. (Foam heads are best.)
- DO store your hat someplace dry and out of the way. It may help to run a dehumidifier nearby if you typically have very humid weather.
- DO store your hat some place out of way from kids and pets. Perhaps run a dehumidifier nearby if you have very humid weather.
The trick to keeping your hat in tip-top shape is support. Strain and moisture will cause your hat to wilt. Stuff some plastic shopping bags up in the tail section to help support the shape. If you have a very large brim make sure it also is supported. Basically make a comfy supportive nest for your hat to rest on.
- DON'T wear your hat outside in the rain, snow, or any other sort of precipitation. Your hat has some water resistance (so accidents are okay) but it is not waterproof.
- DON'T apply waterproofing spray to your hat. In the past I have suggested using Never Wet to waterproof hats, but I no longer recommend it because hats sprayed with NeverWet or any other water proofing agent are not eligible for my free reblocking program.
- DON'T panic if your hat warps or loses its shape. Even with the best-of-care this can happen. I offer free reblocking, which means if you send me the hat I will give it back its shape and make it just like new again. All you have to do is pay for shipping. Check out the reblocking program page for details.
- DO check out my reblocking page for details and contact me with any questions.
Quick Fixes and Tips
- If the tip of your hat’s tail curl becomes “uncurly” wrap it around a wooden dowel and secure in place with a small plastic zip tie. Spray with heavy starch let dry overnight then unwind it from dowel. If you are feeling very brave, you can also "reactivate" the stiffening agent in the wool for some light hat reshaping at home. Boil some water on the stove. Direct the steam on to the place(s) you want to reshape. Let the steam hit and "soften" those areas then quickly remove the hat and re-shape before the heat leaves the hat and the stiffener re-hardens. Be careful you don't burn yourself on the steam! Do this as many times as you need to fix the problem area. The longer the steam hits your hat the more floppy those places will become, so be very careful about where the steam is directed. Don't just plop the whole hat on top of the steaming pot or it will lose its shape entirely. Reblocking is tricky, but if you can get your hands on a hat block that will help with the reshaping.