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March 15, 2012

Hat Cleaning Tips -

We receive calls daily about the proper way to clean hats. The Broner Hat and Glove team has come up with a list of tips for cleaning hats. If you have any suggestions or home remedies that have worked for you, please share with us so we can add to our list.

It's important you know the kind of material your hat is made out of. Our website has descriptions of all of our hats including what the material the hat is. Majority of our hats are made out of felt, cotton and polyester. Other materials include lambskin, straw and sea grass.

Items You Will Need:

  • Soft bristled brush or hose hair brush (stiff bristled brush may tear the felt)
  • Wide tape such as masking or painter’s tape
  • Water
  • Mild soap

Steps to Clean a Felt Hat:

  1. Start by removing dirt from the surface of the hat with brush. Gently brush the surface of the hat starting on the left and working counter-clockwise around to the back.
  2. To remove lint from the hat, wrap wide tape around your hand so that the sticky side is facing out.
  3. Gently press the tape against the areas with lint. Apply just enough pressure so the lint will adhere to the tape.
  4. Lift quickly to remove. You should see the lint transferred to the tape.
  5. Repeat until all of the lint is removed.
  6. Lastly, turn the sweatband down and allow it to dry completely. By turning it out, the oils and perspiration will evaporate rather than soak into the felt on the hat.
  7. If the sweatband needs to be cleaned, this can be done with great caution not to get the hat wet. Moisten a towel or toothbrush with water and a mild soap. Gently scrub the sweatband to remove any dirt and stains.
  8. Rinse and blot it with a soft cloth to dry. Again, avoid getting any water/detergent on the hat as it will leave spots.
  9. Try using a soft sponge with small pores for stubborn stains. Great alternatives are a make up sponge or a bit of foam rubber. Rubber sponges have a slight stickiness to them that will grab the stain off the felt.

Additional Tips to Care for your Hat:

  • Avoid placing the brim of the hat on a flat surface as it can cause it to flatten and lose its shape. Always set it upside-down on the crown.
  • Store your hat in a hat box or on a clean surface to prevent stains and discolorations.
  • Use a soft absorbent cloth to blot the rain off gently if you get it wet in a rainstorm. Use the cloth over the spots in a circular, counterclockwise motion.
  • When moving the hat around, try to adjust it using the brim, rather than the crown. Avoid touching the crown to keep away oils and dirt that may cause spots.
  • Heat can cause the sweatband inside of the hat to shrink, leaving you with a hat that is too small. Keep your hat in a cool location.
  • If you need a hat stand, one can quickly be made at home by covering an oatmeal container or coffee can.
  • Store the hat in a plastic bag to protect it from dust. Leftover grocery store bags work great!

* If your hat needs some additional TLC go to your local hat shop or send us a message & we can direct you where to go.

Sources:,, Broner Hat and Glove Employees


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