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How to Clean a Dusty Cowboy Hat

If an invitation to a night of western line dancing led you to dig out your long-unworn cowboy hat from the back of the closet, you might have been disheartened to find it covered in dust. Most western-style hats are made of felt, though some less expensive hats are straw.

Get your dusty cowboy hat looking sharp again.

If an invitation to a night of western line dancing led you to dig out your long-unworn cowboy hat from the back of the closet, you might have been disheartened to find it covered in dust. Most western-style hats are made of felt, though some less expensive hats are straw. Whichever type of hat is yours, you can remove the dust with a quick cleaning and then get ready to step out in your best western duds.

Cleaning a Straw Hat

  1. Wash your hands to avoid smudging dirt or oil onto the hat.

  2. Wet a clean cloth or sponge with water, then squeeze out excess moisture to leave the cloth damp.

  3. Wipe away the dust with the damp rag. Start at the top of the crown, and work your way down to the hat's brim. Circle the brim in a counterclockwise direction.

  4. Rinse the rag if it becomes heavily soiled, squeeze out excess moisture and continue to clean the hat until all dust is removed.

Cleaning a Felt Hat

  1. Wash your hands so they don't smudge oil or dirt onto the hat.

  2. Dust the crown of the hat from front to back with a soft hat brush.

  3. Clean the brim of the hat with the brush. Start at the front of the hat and work your way around in a counterclockwise direction.

  4. Tip

    Store your western hat on its crown, not standing on its brim. Protect an expensive hat in a hat box. Handle your hat by the brim, not the crown.

About the Author

Living in California, Michelle Ullman is a professional writer with particular expertise in home, garden and pet/nature topics. Her work is published on many websites. She loves crafts and has a deep interest in design and DIY projects.