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How Do I Clean a Hat? Part I

Submitted by on July 17, 2018 – 12:30 pm 4 Comments

Cleaning a hat properly can be a very time consuming process that requires a great deal of patience and experience. Sometimes, as with straw hats, it just can’t be done. With fur felt and wool hats, there are things you can do that might help, but not every case is curable and many of the ones that are require true expertise.

As we move forward on this segment, we might offer greater details about more difficult challenges, but for now we’ll stick to the basics.


No matter how many filters they put in our cars, offices and homes, we just can’t avoid it. Your hat is bound to get dusty at some point.

The good news is, dust is fairly easy to remove from most any kind of felt hat.


To clean the dust and loose dirt from your hat, take a soft brush and gently stroke the hat from the left counter clockwise to the back and around again. Work slowly without a lot of pressure. Repeat until you are satisfied.

If you do not have a soft hat brush, then you can use a lint roller or tape that isn’t too sticky. Be mindful of the grain of the fur felt in your hat. Work the lint roller in the same direction to avoid causing any damage.

Check out Part II: How To Clean a Hat part II

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