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Hat Care Guide

Evan Barbosa

Like a good man, a good hat can be hard to find. So when you finally find the one, you’ll want to take extra good care of it so that it holds its color, shape and structure for years to come. Unfortunately, you can’t just toss any old hat into the washing machine without compromising its quality. That’s why we’ve asked San Antonio-based hatter Evan Barbosa to fill us in on how to take care of your topper. In this guide, the Brazilian-born hat designer highlights his essential hat cleaning tools, covers, carriers, holders and more that will keep your favorite Stetson (or Hat by Evan) fitting and looking just as good as the first day you tried it on.

Hat Care Guide
San Antonio, TX

Like a good man, a good hat can be hard to find. So when you finally find the one, you’ll want to take extra good care of it so that it holds its color, shape and structure for years to come. Unfortunately, you can’t just toss any old hat into the washing machine without compromising its quality. That’s why we’ve asked San Antonio-based hatter Evan Barbosa to fill us in on how to take care of your topper. In this guide, the Brazilian-born hat designer highlights his essential hat cleaning tools, covers, carriers, holders and more that will keep your favorite Stetson (or Hat by Evan) fitting and looking just as good as the first day you tried it on.

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Hat Can Carrier

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Evan Barbosa

This hat carrier is awesome—not only for traveling, for which it does an amazing job maintaining your hats' shape—but also as a convenient space saver. This hat case features a hard exterior, multiple closure system, an adjustable hat band holder, and holds up to two hats comfortably. Sure to be essential, this sturdy case is certain to keep your hat secure and in crisp, like-new condition!

Hammer Plastic Double Western Hat Can Carrier

Hat Rain Protector

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Evan Barbosa

This vinyl cover resists rain, snow, dust, and dirt to keep hats looking newer, longer. Going out and has a chance of rain? No problem! It folds small into a handy pocket pouch! It protect your hats from inclement weather by fitting over the hat to repel water, preventing water spots. The clear plastic is durable and fits neatly over hats. Tip: With smaller brims, you may want to order a size smaller. The crown piece is elastic and able to stretch, but the brim will run large just from the difference between a western hat and fedora. Be sure to measure the brim before ordering.

Hat Rain Protector

Hat Size Adjuster

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Evan Barbosa

This tape works like magic! It will make every hat fit you perfectly! In my store, we provide it as a complimentary treat with every purchase. Our customers love it. Many types of inner bands don't allow for drawstrings such as leather, elastic, or cotton with a foam lining. Hat sizing tape has long been the preferred method of adjusting hats because it allows you to keep the inner band in its natural form and the foam molds comfortably to the head. Directions: Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for the maximum size decrease, or cut the tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and there you go!

Bememo Felt Cap Size Reducer 20 pcs

Hat Stand Holder

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Evan Barbosa

This holder is perfect for a daily hat wearer. What I love the most is the fact that the shape of this hanger won't damage the shape of your hat, it has a 6.7-inch domed hat rest that provides support to maintain the shape and to keep them looking sharp. It's also easy to install, with mounting hardware provided. It's a unique design, made of metal with a copper surface treatment. Important note: The size between the rack top and wall is 2.36 inches, so if your hat brim is bigger than that it will be tilted when displayed.

Queens Vintage Design Copper Metal Cap Hat Rack

Hat Brush

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Evan Barbosa

As mentioned before, when cleaning your hat, you must be as gentle as possible. This hat brush is made of 100% ultra-horsehair, so it will easily make your hat look fresh and clean. It will safely remove the dust and lint, and the fine hair on the brush is safe enough that it will not tear or scratch the felt. Your hat will look brand new! I suggest you brush it in a counterclockwise motion on the top side of the hat and clockwise for under the brim. Hats are finished in a way (usually with a sanding device) that often puts a certain grain to the nap. That's why you want to brush counterclockwise. You'll be surprised how vibrant the fur-felt will look after a good, soft and proper brushing!

Superio Hat Brush Horsehair Bristles

Steamer

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Evan Barbosa

Your felt hat got shape damaged? We got you covered! Directions: Steam the area of your hat that needs to be reshaped. Make sure you can feel the material softening. Use your hands to push out the dents or straighten the brim. Let the hat cool. Fixing your hat's crushed sections is the most straightforward with a steamer. Let the steam envelope the hat section by section and knead the areas into shape after the steam has made them softer and more pliable. Avoid letting the hat get too wet. If this starts to happen, let it dry out and take another pass at it.

Hilife Hand-held Steamer

Hat Cleaning Sponge

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Evan Barbosa

Cleaning felt or suede hats is a difficult task. The tip here is, don't overdo it! Be gentle with your hat! This sponge is easy to use and maintains the integrity of the felt or suede. Hat sponges are the best way to remove dirt or smudges from your brim. Directions: Use small circular motions on the affected area with the dry sponge to remove lint and dirt. Extra tip: Use one sponge for dark and another for light felt hats. It works great, even removing makeup smudges.

Bickmore Hat Cleaning Sponge