L'ENTRETIEN DU CHAPEAU
From daily maintenance to restoring your hats
Daily maintenance of the hat.
Caring for felt hats
soft bristle brush
talcum powder or cornstarch
tissue paper felt hat waterproofing spray
Interview n 1. The basee
Get a soft-bristled brush. Starting from the top of the crown and in the circular direction of the hat, make a counter-clockwise movement. If you don't have a brush, you can also use a moistened sponge, to be used gently so as not to crush the fibers of the hat. To renew as necessary.
Interview n2. Taskss
In the event of greasy stains or traces of foundation, dust the stain lightly with talcum powder or corn starch, then brush gently with your soft-bristled brush, always counterclockwise. 'a watch. For the inside of the hat, to prevent the "grosgrain", i.e. the finishing strip placed at the entrance to the head, from getting dirty with use, Geneviève Parois recommends sewing a " tacking", another strip of coarse grain over about twenty centimeters. It will be enough to change this band when it is dirty and your hat is thus always intact.
Interview n3. The raine
If you've taken a lot of rain, first shake your hat to get rid of the water, then stuff it with tissue paper to restore its shape. Let it get a makeover in the ambient air (avoid drying with a hair dryer, for example). Once dry, dampen it with a burst of steam from your steam iron (steam iron recommended), then gently brush it back to its former glory.
Interview n4. Deformed or dented capé
The water vapor softens your hat and gives it a new look. It will then be easy to reform it by hand. Place it 2 to 3 minutes above a kettle. Let your felt hat sit for 30 seconds and then begin to gently reshape it. If you do not feel like embarking on this manipulation, Geneviève Parois offers this service.
The different qualities of a felt hat.
The choice of materials.
The maintenance of straw hats
soft bristle brush
The absolute prohibitions
Straw or any vegetable matter are sensitive materials, which require a little consideration. The first rule is to remember to dust your hat regularly with a soft-bristled brush. Next, remember that your hat needs moisture. Without this, the straw while drying may break. This is particularly true for Panama hats, which are not used to our continental climate. To do this, place your straw hat in a humid room such as a bathroom and/or spray it with water using a clothes steamer or iron, or even a steamer. thermal water diffuser.
In case of stain on your straw hat, you can use a clean cloth - which you have previously moistened - and rub gently. Be careful not to insist too much if the stain is tough, you risk irreparably damaging your straw hat. You got caught in a summer storm No worries. Just shake your hat to remove excess water and let it air dry. Above all, do not use too intense a heat source such as a hair dryer..