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Cleaning a canvas hat.?

Hi Folks.
I have a favorite hat made by Panama Jack I wear a good deal in the summer however I have noticed it has become more than a little grubby.
I contacted the manufacturers & I have to say I was surprised that they were not very much help, I guess in the litigious world we seem to live in they are worried that if i damage my property because I followed their suggestions I may demand a replacement or sue them for damages.
Anyway does anyone have any suggestions? The hat is stiffened canvas so obviously I don't want to do anything that would cause it to soften & loose its shape unless I can re-stiffen or starch it to regain the shape.
I promise I won't sue if your suggestion causes any damage :-)


craftyv3 years ago
My mother used Bicaronate of soda on fabrics. You sprinkle it on and leave overnight, then brush off. Hope that helps.
framistan3 years ago
I have found the ONLY thing that will clean a hat is a soap product called "oxyclean". It cleaned most of my "baseball" style hats better than anything else i ever tried. I just soaked them overnight, then twist-squeezed them the next day and let dry. I don't know how this would affect canvas as far as stiffness though. But OXYCLEAN will get it CLEAN !!!
caarntedd3 years ago
Don't clean your hat. Wear it, and stink with pride.
Re-design3 years ago
Ask a dry clean company. Make sure it's one where they do the work on premises. They can safely clean all kinds of materials.
rickharris3 years ago
DON'T use water it will almost certainly shrink!

hardware store buy a dry cleaner. Normally a powder, often Fullers earth. otherwise get it dry cleaned.
NachoMahma3 years ago
. Ask a sailor about cleaning canvas.
Re-design3 years ago
Find a custom hat maker or a custom hat shop and they'll tell you how.