You can’t rock the Rat Pack look with a dirty fedora, so to make sure that you always look as smooth as Dean Martin, you need to know how to clean vintage fedora hats. You have two options when you want to learn how to clean vintage fedora hats. You can either clean it yourself or you can hire a professional hat cleaner. Learning how to clean vintage fedora hats on your own is simple but time consuming task. Everything that you need to know how to clean vintage fedora hats yourself can be found in the laundry aisle of your local grocery store. The only down side to knowing how to clean vintage fedora hats on your own, is the risk you run of ruining the fabric if you aren’t gentle during the cleaning process. but, if you're brave enough to proceed just follow the directions below.
To clean a vintage fedora you will need:
- Lint brush
- Dry cleaning fluid
- Get rid of the lint. The texture of a vintage fedora is a magnet for lint, that’s why it’s important to know to to get rid of the lint that can make your vintage fedora look old and dull. Getting rid of the lint is the easiest part of how to clean vintage fedora hats. Run a lint brush over the top and rim of your vintage fedora. If you aren’t able to find a lint brush, you can use a lint roller or a few pieces of sticky tape.
- Get rid of the stains. A little dry cleaning fluid works wonders for getting rid of stains when you’re learning how to clean vintage fedora hats. The dry cleaning fluids that you need to clean a vintage fedora can be found in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores. Dampen a clean cloth with water and pour a small amount of dry cleaning fluid onto the damp cloth. Be careful not to over saturate your vintage fedora with water or dry cleaning fluid. Too much liquid can ruin the shape of your vintage fedora. Following the grain of the fabric, gently rub the cloth over your vintage fedora. Once you have all of the stains out, let your vintage fedora dry in a cool dry place. Keep your vintage fedora out of direct sunlight as it dries. Direct sunlight can damage the fabric and color of your vintage fedora.
- Go to a professional hat cleaner. If you don’t want to take the time to learn how to clean vintage fedora hats, you can always take it to a professional hat cleaner. A professional hat cleaner will know how to clean a vintage fedora hats without damaging the fabric or the shape of the hat. If you aren’t sure where to find a professional hat cleaner in your area, talk to your dry cleaners. Your dry cleaners may offer hat cleaning services and if they don’t, they may be able point you to a professional hat cleaners who will know how to clean vintage fedora hats.