How to Clean Felt

Felt is not used in many clothing items, but does occasionally make it’s way into items such as hats.

Caring for Felt

    1. Avoid placing felt items in the washer or dryer—felt is a delicate material and is can be easily damaged by the agitation of the washing machine or the tumbling and heat of a dryer.


  1. Clean your felt item with a soft bristle brush and a damp cloth.
  2. Allow it to air-dry.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Try to avoid over-handling the surface of felt items, such as hats, as felt easily absorbs body oils.
  • Never leave your felt item in a hot car or around any sources of excessive heat as the item will be subject to shrinkage.
  • If your felt item has attracted stubborn lint, try using a sticky lint brush, or piece of masking tape—lint should stick to the brush or masking tape without any damage to the felt.
  • If your felt item gets wet, never place it in a dryer or use any other direct heat source (such as a hair dryer). Instead, place it in a cool, dry location and allow it to air dry.



  1. To whom it may concern,

    Do you have any suggestions on cleaning felt shoes?

  2. What can be used to remove stains from felt flooring?

  3. Frances says:

    How do I clean the mildewed felt under a mirrored tray?

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