Tips On How To Care For Your New Felt Hat

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There are many types of hats in the market and most men will admit that shopping for this favorite accessory is becoming more difficult by the day. The hats come in a wide range of materials from straw to leather, felt and many more. If you own a felt hat, you need to know how to take care of it so that it can keep its beautiful look for a long time.

Know your hat

The first thing you need to know is that felt hat for men differ and they come in different qualities. Felt is a very strong fabric and you can find soft felts as well as felts that are stiffer. Good quality felt hats tend to keep their shape much better and some types such as fur felts tend to fare better in the rain than other types. While your felt hat might handle rain better than most hats, you should not leave it wet for long. Make sure that you allow the hat to dry completely.

Proper hat storage

It is always a good idea to store hats in their boxes. Most men might think that this is too "girly" but the fact is that if you want your hat to retain its shape and quality, a box is the best place to store it. Keeping it away from sunlight will help to support the fabric softness. Your hat is designed to keep you cool when the sun is hot and dry when it is wet and it will serve you better if you take good care of it. Felt is tough, yet it is also very smooth and it is more water resistant that other materials.

Cleaning your hat

Use a soft bristled brush on your hat to avoid harming the soft felts. Brushing will help to remove dirt but if the hat has stubborn stains, a damp sponge can help. Use a circular motion when rubbing the hat. If your hat is losing shape, a little steam will help to pop it back into shape. Holding the hat over a boiling kettle for a few seconds can work wonders but remember to keep the hat a safe distance from the pot. You should never use a hair dryer on your felt hat as this can shrink the fibers and cause wrinkling.

When choosing a hat, you need to know that fur felts are more superior in quality than other felts. They are smooth in texture, lightweight and weather resistant and they are also easier to maintain and re-structure.

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