7 Tips to Keep Your Hats Looking New!

We have all been there. Whether it be a dirt mark or a dent, you feel complete and utter agony when you spot that tiny imperfection on your favorite hat! Now what? We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to write off your beautiful headwear and stick it to the back of your closet – you can save it with style! Here are 7 ways to increase the shelf life of your Willow Lane Hat!


#1- Steaming

Your friend hopped in the front seat of your car without paying attention and sat on your beloved hat…now it has a less than desirable dent. Fear not! You don’t need an industrial hat steamer to fix this, just power up your handy-dandy clothes steamer and apply a light stream of steam in 5 second increments until the dent is gone. This works best for felt hats, but also works well on lacquered straw hats!


#2- Wood Markers

So you were a little lazy after dinner and tossed your straw hat on the floor. Somehow a piece flaked off and now there is a noticeably lighter spot where the straw flaked. Don’t worry, we have just the tool to fix that too! Wood markers! Test them on the inside of the crown to find the color that matches your hat best.


#3- Cleaning Sponge

Did you know that Willow Lane Hat Co sells sponges to clean your felt hat? They are an easy add on to your next order! Gently rub the sponge on the spot, brushing from front to back, and watch the magic happen! Simply clean the sponge by rinsing it with water. We suggest purchasing two; one for your light colored felt hats and one for your dark colored felt hats. If you use the same for both, the dark dye will rub on to your lighter hat…you don’t want that!

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#4- Tweezers

Small stain on your felt hat? Maybe you spilled coffee or wine and it splashed on to the brim or crown. We have all been there! Dig to the bottom of your cosmetic pouch and use your tweezers to “pluck” the stain out. This does not work all the time, so keep on reading to see other ways to clean the stains out.


#5- Lint Roller

This is a simple trick to clean your felt hats with something most people have on hand. Just run a lint roller over them! It does not get more simple than that!


#6- Hat Sizing Tape

You wore your favorite hat from Willow Lane Hat Co every other day for about a year and now it is a little big for your head. Now what? Our hat sizing tape is not only for new hats, but well-loved hats as well. This can be used on both straw and felt hat styles and is a great, affordable way to extend the life of any hat!


#7- Wood Burning Pen (for Charlie 1 Horse)

Sometimes the brand on your Charlie 1 Horse hat may flake off. It happens! Head to your local craft store and for less than $15 you can pick up a wood burning tool to fix this in a jiffy. We suggest using the smallest tip and doing so slowly while holding a piece of cardboard behind the crown (it can simply be a torn piece of a cardboard box flap). This way you will have more precision and a perfect brand again!


Insider Tip: We suggest buying the wood burning tool from Michael’s. You can go on their website and find a 20% coupon good for one item; no need to print, just scan it at the register!


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