Expert Advice on How to Clean a Vintage Hat
Denise Dreher recently send me a copy of her book From The Neck Up An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking.
As a hat owner, I found the information in Lesson Fourteen: Renovations and Alterations quite useful.
In the chapter, Dreher offers advice on cleaning an old hat.
- Straw hats should be brushed clean, since many cannot be washed.
- Fabric covered hats may be cleaned with dry cleaning fluid, steaming, washing or ironing.
She also gives tips on how to cleaning veiling and iron velvet hats.
Did you know that an old felt hat can be reblocked?
A crumpled straw hat can be ironed?
A crushed flower can be restored with steam?
The rest of the book looks like a great resource for learning more about designing and making hats. I recommend An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking to vintage hat owners looking for information on how to care for their millinery.
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