We try our best to ensure our fedoras arrive without bends but these things happen and can be rectified.
Reshaping a wool fedora, step by step
Before beginning, ensure you have the following things:
- Stovetop kettle
- Paper towel
- Clean hands
If you have a flat, full brim fedora, you’ll also want to ensure you have a dry, even surface nearby.
Step one: boil water
A steady stream of steam is required to reshape your felt hat, so it’s easiest to use a stovetop kettle with an open spout. A boiling pot of water can work as well, but avoid using an electric kettle that shuts off automatically once boiling. While the water is boiling, identify which parts of your hat need attention.
Step two: apply steam to the fedora
To apply steam to the damaged parts of your fedora, hold the hat six to eight inches away from the spout of the kettle. The felt needs to be close enough to absorb moisture but far enough that it doesn’t receive a heavy amount of heat. Too much heat can cause the wool to shrink and alter the size and fit of the hat.
Ensure that you are holding the hat with the inner part facing you, as the steam can damage the inner sweatband and texture of the lining if it has one. Avoid applying steam to the outer decorations as well, like a band or buckle above the brim.