4 Tips for Properly Storing Your Felt Hat
Whether you’ve bought your very first éN Hat or have a wardrobe full of bucket hats, storing is an essential factor to keep your felt hat as fresh as the day you bought it. Here are four tips for all of you hat lovers for increasing the longevity of your hat and keeping it looking fresh, clean, and sharp.
1. Brush the hat
When you are storing your hat, make sure that it is in good condition, in it’s proper shape, and clean. In preparation, brushing or dusting it is a good idea. Best brush for wool felt hat is made of horsehair bristles. Brush your hat with gently counter-clockwise motions to maintain the material's integrity while removing dirt. If your wool felt hat is looking a little dusty, dust the hat carefully with a damp cloth, but not too wet.
2. Find a cool & dry location
When you are not wearing your wool felt hat, the best way to storage it is to keep the hat in a cool, clean and dry location, as both heat and moisture can damage your hat.
3. Store your hat in its own box
Hanging your felt hat on a coat rack or a hat rack is an okay way to store it temporarily. When a hat is hung on a hook for a long time, it might distort the shape.
To prevent the hat from getting dusty, store your hat in its own box – your hat will thank you. Otherwise store the hat in a breathable bag made from natural materials, for example cotton. We recommend to never store a hat in a plastic bag as it can cause discoloration and promote mildew.
4. Place the hat on its crown
When placing your hat in the box, you should place it on its crown. Leaving it on its brim will cause it to flatten out and change shape. The crown of your hat should be suspended in midair, never crushed.
Fill the crown with tissue, to help it maintain it’s shape. Alternatively, you may place it on it’s brim, but only if you stuff enough tissue in the crown so that the weight of the hat rests not on the brim.