1. First brush thoroughly with a nylon bristle brush to et out loose dirt and dust. Brushing periodically keeps the suede looking crisp and fresh. Brushinh also serves to rejuvenate the 3-M Scotchguard treatment the leather has gone through in the tanning process.
2. Next, buff up any matted sued or caked on dirt with some emery cloth or fine grit sandpaper. ( yes you read correctly ). This is how the suede is originally finished at the tannery. You will need to pick a grit that matches the finish on your hat. 120 grit performs well with most of our hats.
3. On a light colored leathers, a suede bar ( actually an eraser for suede ) can work miracles on many stains. Work the suede bar in a circular motion, quite aggressively "erasing the stain. Then brush up the nap with the suede brush.
4. Stubborn oily stains from sweat cannot be removed. You can however remove most of the oils and odors by mixing 1 part baby shampoo and 15 parts of warm water and srub with the suede brush.
Cleaning Canvas Hats: Canvas hats can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Powdered cleaners may be used for heavier stain.
Cleaning Straw Hats: can be kept clean and fresh looking, by brushing with a small wisk broom. Sponge lightly with a damp cloth. Heavier soil may be removed with window cleaner. Store hat on its top or hang from peg/hat hook to retain shape. Keep most straw hat from getting soaked with rain. If the hat gets wet, wipe off the surplus water with a dry cloth. With the brim turned up, place on a level, clean surface to dry. Scotchguard (TM) may be used to add stain and water repellancy. Do not use artificial heat.
Many Hats: may be treated with a waterproof spray if necessary. Some shrinkage may occur if exposed to extreme heat e.g, drying out by an open fire or left exposed to strong sunlight in a closed vehicle. The stiffening along the edge of the brim allows the hat to be shaped as desired. Some hats come with a flexible filament in the brim to allow the hat to be crushed. A chin strap may be added by using the eyelet holes on each side of the crown to thread the strap. Each hat will develope its own individual shape and character with wear. Any scratches or marks on the leather are not to be considered flaws. They occur naturally and are merely proof of its authenticity. Like a quality leather jacket, hats just keep looking better with age and use. �How to Care for your Felt Hats Try to always handle your hat by the brim picking it up by pinching the crown will result in misshapen crowns and could split the felt.) Always turn your hat upside down and set it on the crown to rest it so that the brim doesn't flatten out. Clean your felt hat regularly using a soft bristle brush or a hat sponge. Brush counter clockwise with the nap, starting at the bow. If you get caught in the rain, turn the sweatband out and let the hat stand on the crown until dry. Never apply direct heat to your hat as this will cause it to shrink and/or lose it's shape. If you can, store your hat in a hat box to help keep it clean and looking new.
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