Special Hat Tips and Care
for your Western Hats, Cowboy Hats
prepared by Gary A. Cohen, Proprietor of The Hat Store
putting on or taking off your western felt hat try to always handle
the hat by the front and back of the brim just next to the crown
with 4 fingers. This process will help keep the crown clean and
the shape neat and crisp as it was when very new.
1 should also include whenever possible washed hands, especially
with the lighter colors such as Silver belly or Silver Sand. This
step is important because we not only may wash off dirt and grime
but also grease or oils that are naturally found on our skin.
- Whenever you take off your hat be sure and place it upside down on the
crown (top). This step is vital to aid in keeping the brim shape
or set as it was when steamed and shaped for you. And when placing
your hat down in this fashion please remember to look for a relatively
clean area unless of course it's now a "work" hat and
deserves a good work site!
- When your western felt hat gets dusty and needs a good quick freshening
you may simply dust it off using a hat brush, a small plastic
sponge or a whisk broom for the stouter western hat as opposed
to a very soft, thin bodied dress hat.
- A good quality western felt hat should never be bothered by rain
or snow except in some cases acid rain can and will stain your
hat. When possible a rain hat cover is always a small price to
pay to keep your hat dry. They usually sell for between $3.00
and $5.00. But also, remember that a really good beaver hat gets
better with age. A good old fashioned rain never hurt a quality
felt hat! And remember, without water your fine felt hat couldn't
have been made at all!
- If someone were to accidentally open a soft drink or beer and spray
your felt hat, simply take it to a cool water faucet and let the
fresh cool water in a small stream glide over the "stained
surface" while using the "side end "of your index
finger to quickly but softly scratch those areas. When you feel
that the liquid stains should be washed out which shouldn't take
more than a minute or less depending on the depth of the stain.
Remember, this step is to be done before the stains are dry. Then
let the hat dry naturally....do not ever use a hair dryer or any
other hot air machine for it can aid in shrinkage.
- The more care that is given to keep your felt hat dust free will lengthen
it's life as a dressier western felt hat. The dust and dirt get
down in the tiny crevices of the crown and brim and work against
the felt when left in this manner as if there was a tiny "grinder"
or piece of "pouncing paper"in there working against
the fibres. It definitely shortens the life of a good felt hat
as a dress western hat.
- Technically your western hat should be worn sort of level on your
head and about 1/2" above your ears. Of course, as I said,
technically! We at The Hat Store believe you should wear your
hat however it feels the best to you.
- The hat should fit slightly snug all around your head but not so that
it hurts or "gives you a headache".
- A gentleman should always remove his hat in an elevator with a lady
present. He should also always tip his hat to a lady when greeting
or passing her. A gentleman should always take his hat off in
a restaurant unless no arrangements were made by the establishment
to hang the hat or have it checked. Actually a gentleman should
always remove his hat when indoors.
- Never, but never put your hat on your bed ! Just, an old wives
tale or 7 years bad luck? Either way you're not going to get me
to puttin my hat on my bed!
- These were just a few of the many helpful tips tha Finally
after all this just fix your hat on your head where it feels good
and have fun and enjoy it! My Grand-dad taught my Dad and
Uncle and they in turn taught me. I hope that you enjoy your
new hat from my store and remember, any hat we sell you is guaranteed
to satisfy or you may return the same for an exchange or refund.
Thank you very much for your confidence and we will always strive
to make your dealing with us a happy experience.
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