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How to Clean Suede Hat - Not Ruined

Nov 26, 2019


While suede certainly has a velvety, rich appearance, it's equally undeniable that it stains, scuffs, and flattens easily. That's why it's so important to know how to take care of suede. So how to clean suede hat?


A periodic brush and cleaning will keep your suede shoes, jacket, hat, pants, and furniture looking as fine as the day you bought it.

But even more importantly, you need to treat any wear-and-tear on suede promptly to avoid permanent stains or damage to the material.

While it's not really difficult to clean and care for suede, it does take more attention than many other types of leather, which is why we decided to lay out the proper way to care for your suede shoes, clothing, or household decoration.


How do you clean light colored suede?


Tip 1. Cut out.If the stain is dry, grab a pencil eraser. Work the eraser over the stain, making small circular motions and applying light pressure. Brush the suede to restore the nap once the stain is gone.


Tip 2. Stain still there? Head to the pantry for some white vinegar. Pour a little bit onto a clean, dry cloth, and rub the vinegar into the stained suede. You want to dampen the suede, not soak it. Let the suede air dry, and then brush the spot to remove any lingering marks.


Tip 3. If oil gets onto your suede, sprinkle the spot with enough cornstarch to cover it completely, and let it sit for several hours. Then use your suede brush to remove the cornstarch, and hopefully, the oily stain along with it. If there is still a visible mark, use white vinegar as outlined above.


Tip 4. Wet stains, including water, should be blotted with a towel as much as possible before allowing the suede to air dry. Never set your suede near a heater or use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process, as that can fade or damage the material. If the suede dries with a watermark, you'll want to treat it with white vinegar, let the suede dry once more, and then brush it thoroughly.


How do you clean a suede hat without ruining it?


Tip 1. Brush your hat with a nylon or slightly stiff bristle brush to get out loose dirt and dust. Brushing periodically keeps the suede looking fresh.

Tip 2. Buff any matted suede or caked on dirt with emery cloth or fine-grit sandpaper. It is important to choose a grit that matches the finish of your hat; 120-grit works well with most suede hats.

Tip 3. For light colored leathers, a suede bar (sometimes called a suede eraser) works best on most stains. Move the suede bar in a circular pattern to "erase" the stain. You may need to work the material aggressively for set in stains. Then brush again with the suede brush.

Tip 4. Oily stains from sweat cannot be removed completely. You may remove most of the oils and odors with a mixture of one part baby shampoo and 15 parts warm water. Use this mixture with your suede brush.

Tip 5. When hat gets wet, shake off excess water and let dry. Then brush clean.Steam clean to get rid of water spots or reshape your hat.


How to wash a leather hat?


Tip 1. Pick up your hat by the brim as described above if you want to keep the original shape of the crown. Though, we love the look of a well-aged leather hat as its unique creases and wrinkles. If you agree, pinch the crown.

Tip 2. Scarring and subtle variations naturally occur on genuine leather which makes each hat unique and enhances its character, and proves its authenticity

Tip 3. If your hat gets wet, wipe with dry cloth. Let it air dry on flat, clean surface.
Never leave your hat in an enclosed area where it is subjected to extreme heat. It will cause shrinkage.

Tip 4. Do not dry clean, tumble dry, wash in dishwasher, use bleach.

Tip 5. Smooth leather hats may occasionally be treated with quality leather dressing. Brush off surface with soft brush, or wipe with damp cloth.

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