Hat Care

Different hats call for different modes of care. Please choose a hat type from the list below.

Care of Silk Plush Top Hats

Velvet Pinch Pad and Hat BrushIf your silk hat is caught in a rain shower, most vintage hats have a gossamer shell that should keep you reasonably waterproof provided the hat has not been damaged and have cracks in it.

Allow the hat to dry naturally in a warm airy environment. Do not dry it over a fire or radiator as this can deform the hat.

Even if it has not rained, prior to storage allow the hat to dry naturally after every use due to perspiration.

After drying, clean the hat by dusting off any particles using a brim brush to get into the brim curve. Keep one brush per hat colour, and always brush in the direction of the nap (anti-clockwise looking down on the top of the hat).

After brushing, polish the hat either using a Velvet Pinch Pad  to give that a high gloss lustre finish or a Velvet Fingermouse ™ can also be used to touch any areas when out and about.  Always polish in the same direction of the nap (anti-clockwise looking down on the top of the hat)

Store your silk hat in a hatbox upside down, with the hat supported by the brim so the Tip (Flat Top of the Hat) does not touch the base of the box. An Ascot Top Hats hatbox, or traditional leather hat case caters for most sizes.

Do not store hats in humid conditions, a small packet of silica gel stored with the hat may assist, and if storing in paper, use acid-free issue paper. Cedar anti-moth balls can discourage moths, though it is the actual moth larvae that eat the silk.

 

Care of Felt Hats

Hat Brim BrushIf your felt hat is caught in a rain shower, do not despair as wool and fur felt is made from natural material which spends most of its time outside.

Allow the hat to dry naturally in a warm airy environment, if the hat has had a soaking then consider using a Hat Stretcher to maintain the size whilst in drying to reduce the likelihood of shrinkage.

To reduce the possible amount of shrinkage the quality of the felt becomes a factor. A Fur felt usually has better water resistant properties than a Wool Felt.

Even if it has not rained, prior to storage allow the hat to dry naturally after every use due to perspiration.

After drying, clean the hat by dusting off any particles using a brim brush to get into the brim curve. Keep one brush per hat colour (otherwise you may find bits of your Brown Felt Fedora appearing on you Black Silk Top Hat) and always brush in the direction of the nap (anti-clockwise looking down on the top of the hat).

Ideally store you hat in a hatbox upside down, with the hat supported by the brim. An Ascot Top Hats hatbox caters for most sizes. If you store the hat the right way up, rested on it's brim, then with soft felt hats up you are more likely to need to reshape the brim afterwards.

Do not store hats in humid condition in enclosed bags for long periods, as humidity may lead to mould. A small packet of silica gel stored with the hat may assist, and if storing in paper, use acid-free issue paper. Cedar anti-moth balls can discourage moths, though it is the actual moth larvae that eat the fabric.

If your hat is not to be worn for some time then we suggest using a Hat Stretcher to keep it size whilst in storage to reduce the likelihood of shrinkage.

 

Care of Collapsible Hats

ICollapsible Hat - Long term shoujd be stored openf your collapsible hat (a.k.a. Opera Hat) is caught in a rain shower, shout loudly for a Cabbie! Seriously, whilst water should not harm the hat, it may eventually seep through the fabric; By the time it does the likelihood is that the rest of your clothes may also likely be soaked too. Luckily, we also sell umbrellas.

Allow the hat to dry naturally in a warm airy environment.

Even if it has not rained, prior to storage allow the hat to dry naturally after every use due to perspiration.

After drying, clean the hat by dusting off any particles using a brim brush to get into the brim curve.

Store your Collapsible Hat in the open position in a hatbox upside down, with the hat supported by the brim so the Tip (Flat Top of the Hat) does not touch the base of the box. An Ascot Top Hats hat box, or traditional leather hat case caters for most sizes. Collapsible Hats should only be stored compressed for a short period of time.  

Do not store hats in humid condition in enclosed bags for long periods, as humidity may lead to mould. A small packet of silica gel stored with the hat may assist, and if storing in paper, use acid-free issue paper. Cedar anti-moth balls can discourage moths, though it is the actual moth larvae that eat the fabric.

 

How to open your Collapsible hat properly:


• Hold the closed hat in your right hand by the front of the brim. So you are looking inside at the liner.
• Flick it open firmly by hitting the back of the brim against the palm of your left hand.
• A classic thwack! sound should be heard as it opens up.

 

How to close your Collapsible hat properly:


• Hold the open hat the brim on both sides with both hands.
• Rest the Tip (top of the crown) on your belly.
• Make sure you are not pressing on any buttons on your shirt/waistcoat or anything in your pocket.
• Apply with both hands an inward pressure to close it evenly.

 

Care of Straw Boater Hats

If your Straw Boater is caught in a rain shower or fallen in the river a quick dunking should not harm the hat, as it has a varnish type coating to make the straw rigid and a tad water resistant. Though the inside lining may not survive as well!

Allow the hat to dry naturally in a warm airy environment.

Even if it has not rained or gotten wet, prior to storage allow the hat to dry naturally after every use due to perspiration.

After drying, clean the hat by dusting off any particles using a stiff brush (a brim brush is not as necessary).

Store your hat in a hat box either upside down, with the hat supported by the brim or the right way up. An Ascot Top Hats hatbox, caters for most sizes.

Do not store hats in humid condition in enclosed bags for long periods, as humidity may lead to mould. A small packet of silica gel stored with the hat may assist, and if storing in paper, use acid-free issue paper. Cedar anti-moth balls can discourage moths.

 

Care of Straw Panama Hats

Hat Stretcher - to maintain sizeIf your Straw Panama is caught in a rain shower or fallen in the ocean on your summer holiday, then it may need re-blocking. Panamas unlike a Straw Boater do not have as much stiffening to provide as much protection.

Allow the hat to dry naturally in a warm airy environment, if the hat has had soaking then consider using a Hat Stretcher to maintain the size whilst in drying to reduce the likelihood of shrinkage.

Even if it has not rained or gotten wet, prior to storage allow the hat to dry naturally after every use due to perspiration.

After drying, clean the hat after by dusting off any particles using a soft brush (a brim brush is not as necessary as with Bowlers and Toppers).

Store your hat in a hat box either upside down, with the hat supported by the brim. An Ascot Top Hats hatbox, caters for most sizes. If you store the hat the right way up, rested on it's brim, up you are more likely to need to reshape the brim afterwards.

Do not store hats in humid condition in enclosed bags for long periods, as humidity may lead to mould. A small packet of silica gel stored with the hat may assist, and if storing in paper, use acid-free issue paper. Cedar anti-moth balls can discourage moths.

If your hat is not to be worn for some time then we suggest using a Hat Stretcher to keep it size whilst in storage to reduce the likelihood of shrinkage.

 

Care of Tweed/Cloth Hats & Caps

If your Tweed/Cloth headwear is caught in a rain shower it should not immediately harm the hat or cap. The water resistant qualities of the fabric depend on which headwear you purchased.

Allow the headwear to dry naturally in a warm airy environment, if the hat has had soaking then consider using a Hat Stretcher to maintain the size whilst in drying to reduce the likelihood of shrinkage.

Even if it has not rained or gotten wet, prior to storage allow the headwear to dry naturally after every use due to perspiration.

After drying, clean the headwear by dusting off any particles using a brush (a brim brush is not necessary with cloth headwear as typically no curved rolled brim).

Cloth headwear may be stored in a hatbox but the necessity is more variable depending on the hat or cap type. An Ascot Top Hats hatbox may cater for most sizes. Cloth/Tweed caps may also be folded into themselves for storage.

Do not store headwear in humid condition in enclosed bags for long periods, as humidity may lead to mould. A small packet of silica gel stored with the headwear may assist, and if storing in paper, use acid-free issue paper. Cedar anti-moth balls can discourage moths.

If your headwear is not to be worn for some time then we suggest using a Hat Stretcher to keep it size whilst in storage to reduce the likelihood of shrinkage.

 

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