HAT CARE GUIDES
Learn how to properly clean, store, and take care of your American Hat Makers hats
HOW TO STORE YOUR HATS
It is important you store your hat elevated rather than lying on the brim for any great length of time. This can be done on a hat cone, can of coffee, or roll of paper towels.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SUEDE LEATHER HAT
Using a very high grain sandpaper, you can gently sand away dirt and debris as long as you are careful of the threads keeping the hat together. A suede bar may also be used, to remove oils and blemishes without the use of water.
HOW TO CLEAN SWEAT STAINS AND DIRT FROM YOUR STRAW HAT
Our straw hats can be cared for the same as our other hats. For easy stains, you can brush out the stain, or use corn starch or talc powder to dry it. For harder stains, clean with a damp cloth. For the hardest stains, a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide can be carefully applied.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR FELT HAT
To prolong your hat’s life, regular brushing is important. To remove loose dirt, simply use a hat brush and swipe it away. Avoid using a brush made of nylon as it may be too abrasive and damage the hat. To remove dust from the hat, simply use a damp (not wet) cloth. To remove fuzz and hair, use a piece of sticky tape to gently wipe the hat. For more stubborn smudges and stains, specially formulated hat cleaners are available.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR FINISHED LEATHER HAT
For your finished leather hat, we recommend using our Finished Leather Conditioner Kit, which contains a bottle of Bickmore Bick 4 leather conditioner and a high quality sheepskin chamois. Simply apply a quarter sized drop of leather conditioner to the sheepskin and apply it to all of the exterior leather surfaces on your hat. This leather conditioner will keep your leather hat looking as nice as the day you bought it!