If you found the perfect vintage hat to go with an outfit, then taking care of it is top priority! Today I am going to share with you how to care for vintage hats and how to clean vintage hats too!
A lot of my friends have visited a cute little vintage shop here in Florida called Winter’s Past. My husband and I needed a little adventure so we decided to travel there to buy me something that will be a starting point for a retro outfit I will sew myself.
I love the hat I got! I am doing a Tiana Disneybound with it.
How to Care for Vintage Hats
Taking care of my things is something very important to me. I know that older things can be more delicate and much more care has to be taken to continue to get more use out of vintage hats. I did some research and this is what I learned about taking care of vintage hats.
Luckily, the hat I bought is in wonderful condition so I am just going to need upkeep the condition.
How to Clean Vintage Hats
Use a Hair Dryer. One way suggested to clean vintage hats is to use a hair dryer on a cool low setting to whisk away the dust and debris. Be careful not to use a heat setting as you may melt some decor on the hat.
Use a Fabric Lint Roller. I have tried this on one of the hats I had previously bought for my husband. This worked a little bit, but is best for felt and wool hats.
Spot Washing. Use a gentle sponge for this and test a small spot inside of the hat to see how the material will respond. You can use just water, just water worked perfectly on my husband’s hat. Don’t soak the hat, just lightly spot touch the area that needs cleaning. If soap is needed you can try an ultra sensitive skin baby shampoo. Dry the hat thoroughly before storing.
How to Reshape Vintage Hats
If you found the perfect hat, but feel as if it has lost its’ shape. You can possibly use a gentle steam to help shape it again. Use your best judgment in regards to steaming as the the material may not withstand it. You can also get a inexpensive wig stand or Styrofoam prop head and gently shape the hat around that, letting it sit there for at least a few days to help mold itself to the desired head shape. I know Hobby Lobby sells them.
Vintage Items May Not Be Perfect
If you are looking to make you vintage find perfectly spotless, you will be disappointed. Most older textiles will not tolerate washing or dry-cleaning, so you have to learn to live with flaws. I think the flaws of an item give it character.
How to Store Vintage Hats
Right now my new vintage hat find is in a bag hanging up and that is not the way I want to keep it. Here are some vintage hat storing ideas.
- You can display your hats on rounded hooks in an area away from direct sunlight.
- You can store in vintage hat boxes with the hat wrapped in archival tissue paper and possibly stuffed with it to keep its’ shape.
- Regular hat boxes that are acid free.
Overall. keep hats away from moisture, bugs, direct sunlight, and extreme temperatures. avoid stacking hats. If the hats have fragile feathers or metal components, consider using acid free tissue to make a roll that will support and protect the component.
Unlike modern items that I love to add embellishments to, I will not do that at all to true vintage items. Don’t try to redesign or ‘Improve” the hat, if you happen to mess up or even want to resell, you can’t because it has been altered.
I am excited to start this journey to making a full vintage inspired look from this hat and will be using this post to remind myself how to take care of my vintage hat.