Julie asked: How do I clean a ladies’ hat made of 70% acrylic and 30% polypropylene? It’s a black, brimmed ladies’ hat. There were no washing instructions on the hat. I want to ensure it doesn’t shrink.
Acrylic is easily damaged by most cleaning agents, while polypropylene is best cleaned in warm sudsy water. When you combine these two products into one hat, you have a relatively simple cleaning process to keep your headwear looking its best. Here’s what you need to do.
You Will Need:
- Warm water
- Mild detergent
- Bucket or bowl
- Clean, white, nonabrasive cloths
- Hat stand (optional)
Steps to Clean the Hat:
- Combine the warm water with the mild detergent. You want to create suds, but don’t add so much detergent that you’ll end up with a sticky mess on your hat. A heavy lather will likely do more harm than good.
- If you have a hat stand available, it will help to hold the shape of the hat while cleaning. If not, an overturned bowl will also do the trick.
- Dampen the white cloth in the solution. Make sure the cloth is soft. Abrasive fabrics may damage the hat.
- Use gentle pressure to blot the hat clean. Pay attention to the cloth; when it starts to show dirt, switch to a new clean spot. Replace the cloth as needed.
- Finish by blotting again with a clean, dry cloth. Allow the hat to air dry until all remaining moisture is gone.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If you want to have the hat professionally cleaned, don’t take it to a traditional drycleaner. Instead, take it to a hat shop where the right equipment will meet the experience you need for a good result.
- Do not use ammonia based cleaning solutions on acrylic.