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Special Hat Tips and Care
for your Western Hats, Cowboy Hats

prepared by Gary A. Cohen, Proprietor of The Hat Store

  1. Whenever 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.
  2. Step 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The hat should fit slightly snug all around your head but not so that it hurts or "gives you a headache".
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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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