The lost art of hat cleaning

Hat cleaning is a lost art and a service that is hard to find. Since LBJ was the last president to wear a hat daily and JFK was the first to not wear a hat, hat makers and hat cleaners have been slowly disappearing.  Over the last few years’ hats have been coming back into style and you are starting to see them in television and movies more and more.

Here at Texas Hat Cleaners we are starting to see people wanting to have their fathers and grandfathers hats cleaned and restored. We have seen hats that have been sitting in attics and basements for years and are in desperate need of restoration.  Back in the day, hats were cleaned and blocked using mercury. Over the years it was discovered that the mercury was having grave affects on the hatters and hat cleaners; thus giving rise to the phrase “The Mad Hatter”. Hat cleaning today is a much safer and more environmentally friendly process. The process of cleaning a hat today is still basically the same but the products have changed greatly. After we have cleaned your hat it is immediately safe to wear and looks like it is new.

Depending on the condition of your hat it may need anything from a light steaming and brushing to a full one off restoration. Whether your hat is new or handed down over many generations we have a hat cleaning process that will bring your hat back to life. Besides hat cleaning we also offer services like sweatband replacement, resizing up or down, hat liner replacement and much more.

Depending on the condition of your hat it may need anything from a light steaming and brushing to a full one off restoration. Whether your hat is new or handed down over many generations we have a hat cleaning process that will bring your hat back to life. Besides hat cleaning we also offer services like sweatband replacement, resizing up or down, hat liner replacement and much more.

Basic cleaning is just that basic. it is simply hitting teh aht with a little steam and using some special sponges and brusing off the surface dit. If there is a staine we can remove them with a special product that will remove any oils or grime that may be part of the stain.

Cleaning and blocking. Cleaning and blocking is a more detailed process that takes a lot more time to do. The hat is cleaned then blocked to the requested size then it is shaped to your request also.

Felt restoration is the most time consuming process. IN this process the hat is stripped of the sweatband and liner. The hat is cleaned and then it is blocked, gets a new sweatband and liner.

If you have a hat or cap that is in need of cleaning, click the email me today and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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