How to Restore Your Hats Shape
Caring for your hat to restore its shape after shipping is essential to maintain its quality and appearance. Here are some instructions to help you flatten out your hat:
- Begin by filling a tea kettle or pot with water and bring it to a boil. The steam produced will be used to reshape your hat.
- Once the water is boiling, hold your hat about six inches above the steam, targeting the areas that need reshaping. Avoid soaking the hat with steam; a gentle exposure will suffice.
- As the steam softens the fibers, gently manipulate the brim and crown with your hands to flatten and shape it. Be careful to avoid burning your fingers with the steam.
- Set your iron to a medium heat setting and ensure the steam function is on.
- Lay the hat on a flat, clean surface and cover the misshapen area with a damp cloth to protect the hat from direct heat.
- Gently press the iron over the cloth-covered area, using the steam and pressure to flatten and reshape the hat. Do not leave the iron in one spot for too long to prevent scorching.
Hat Form Technique:
- Find a bowl or head-shaped object that closely matches the size of your hat’s original shape.
- Place the hat over the form and use weights or soft objects to press down the areas that need flattening. Let it sit for several hours or until the hat dries completely.
- Use your hands to smooth out wrinkles and reshape the hat as it dries.
- Store your hat on a proper hat stand or stuffed with tissue to help retain its shape when not in use.
By following these steps, your hat should return to its intended shape and style, ready to be worn for any occasion.
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