A vintage hat is possible one of the investment that you have to think really carefully before you decide to make. If you are not an expert in hat, hat making or hat selling, it would take you quite a while to differentiate a worthy vintage hat and a completely garbage. Also, even if you actively searching for a vintage hat, knowing exactly what you need to look for, a vintage hat is not easily coming by for you to quickly grab it.
I can go on and on about how difficult it is for you to search for and buy a vintage hat on the market. There are a lot of things that you need to consider as well when choosing a vintage hat. Quality is the thing that you need to pay the biggest amount of attention. Besides that, sizes, materials and designs are the things that you should carefully evaluate as well. This article will tell you a little bit more about what you need to consider when choosing a hat, whether it is a vintage hat or a brand new one.
Since it takes a lot of time and effort for you to buy a vintage hat that meets all of your needs and requirements, it is time you learn how to clean and take care of it.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO CLEAN A VINATGE HAT?
You might question about the need to clean a vintage hat, right? After all, a vintage hat will surely look older than a brand new hat out of the package. Some of the hats are supposed to look older to bring a worn out and rustic look. On the other hand, you might think that no matter how much you clean your vintage hat, it would never look like its old days.
While some of your arguments might be true, you should never underestimate the needs of cleaning a vintage hat. Your hat might look worn out but it is different from looking dirty.
In addition, if you know how to clean your vintage hat properly, the material of the hat will last longer, the construction of the hat will stay solid longer and you would be able to use the hat for a longer period of time than you might expect.
So now, if you understand about the importance of cleaning your vintage hat, take a look at some of the tips below for how to do the task in the most efficient and effective way.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR VINTAGE HAT
There are 2 most general ways you can use to clean your vintage hat. One, you have your vintage hat cleaned by an expert. Two, you clean the hat yourself.
- You can bring your vintage hat to a hat shop to have it cleaned properly. The hat shop will have all of the equipment needed to repair any problem in your hat. Also, they have the right knowledge to have your hat cleaned properly as well. Not to mention that it will also save you a lot of time cleaning. However, this method will be quite costly. Different vintage hats with different conditions will be charged differently. It will be more expensive if you clean and re-block the hat rather than if you simply have it polished. Different shops also have their own charging system. If you spend a great deal on a vintage hat and the hat is of extremely premium quality, it could be worth it if you bring the hat to a hat store to have it cleaned. However, if your hat is cheap, it will make more sense to clean it yourself.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR VINTAGE HAT BY HAND
- The most common tool that you would need in order to clean your vintage hat is a cool hair dryer and a lint roller. First of all, you can use the hair dryer to blow away all of the dirt and hair that get stuck on the material of the hat. Keep in mind that you need to set the hair dryer in the cool setting and aim the hair dyer a little bit far from the hat. If the hair dryer blows out hot air, it will damage the sensitive material of the vintage hat and even deform the shape of the hat as well.
- After you use the hair dryer to blow off dirt and debris, you should use a lint roller to get rid of the particles that are too stubborn that they can’t be blown away.
- Besides using a hair dryer or a lint roller, you can use a brush to help remove dirt and debris from your hat. Make sure you purchase a small and soft bristled brush whose colors are like the colors of your vintage hat- dark brush for black hat and light brush for a light colored hat.
- In case your vintage hat is too dirty, clean it with a damp cloth. Take a clean cloth, soak it in water and ring it hardly. Then use it to rub the entire hat. Make sure that you only rub it lightly and follow various circular motions. Then clean off the vintage hat with a clean and fully dry cloth.
- Try your best to make your hat stay as dry as possible while you clean the hat. Making the hat wet or damp will deteriorate the quality of the vintage hat and make it deform badly.
- After you use a damp cloth to clean off the hat but you are still be able to see some dirty spots, it is time to target these spots in specific. Take out an art gum eraser and rub on the stained spots. Just like when you use a damp cloth the clean the hat, make sure you follow a slow and steady pace applying light pressure. Also you need to rub the art gum erase in the direction which is counterclockwise with the grain of the hat to prevent the stain from digging deeper into the fabric.
- In case you want to get rid of oily stains on your vintage hat, you need to use a specific product that is made to draw oil out of your hat. Apply a small amount of this product onto the stain, brush and let it there for about 2 to 3 hours for the cream to penetrate into the fabric of the hat. After that, use the brush or a clean cloth to remove the residuals. Continue to apply more cream if the oily stain couldn’t be removed in the first try.
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Here are some of the most common tips you can follow in order to clean your vintage hat. After all, a vintage hat is an item which has been worn before. Hence, it is more vulnerable to damage and harmful external factors. Therefore, you need to clean your vintage hat frequently to get rid of dirt and debris, prevent the hat from looking too dirty and making sure that it would last for a long time. You can also take your hat to a hat store to have it cleaned in the most professional ways.
I hope that with all of the tips and information above, you would be able to find the most suitable and effective ways for you to clean your valuable vintage hat.