#how to care for your wool felt cloche May 29 2013
Caring for your wool felt cloche is simple.
Cleaning it! A lint brush is all that is required to clean dust from your hat. Mind, choose your lint brush well as some lint brushes can be too hard on some smooth wool felts, making the surface fuzzy or worse, causing those little balls. Use an old soft toothbrush or a soft hat brush to brush up the nap of the hat after cleaning. A light sponging is good as long as you don't get the hat soaking wet. When the hat starts to look a little tired, have the hat professionally cleaned and blocked as it will return the snap and crispness and it will remove any deep embedded dirt. Most times, all that is needed to refresh a hat is a good brushing.
Stuffing it! The wool may not be washed. Light rain will not damage the felt hat so long as you stuff the crown with wadded up acid free tissue paper to retain its shape and allow it to dry naturally. Whatever you do, don't use newsprint or newspaper, those can be too acid and the acid can leach into the wool and ruin it.
Storing it! Store your hat properly, don't let it get crushed or squished, and don't store it anywhere damp or wet. Preferably, if storing for a long period of time, try to store it in a hat box or use a pillow slip to keep it clean between wearing.
A good hint! Fill a muslin bag with lavender and place discreetly around wool felt whether it's in your wardrobe or closet. French Lavender adds a fresh natural scent and is Non-toxic and Non-staining.