Woman Without Hat!
May 19, 2014 1:13 PM Subscribe
I have this suede Australian outback hat that I bought at a garage sale a few weeks ago, for $6. I didn't examine it closely at the time, but it reeks of mold and must, leather small, and saddlesoap from a stab at self cleaning. Can I dry clean it?
Here's pictures of the hat in question: My Poor Hat, two pics of it.
It's a Walkabout brand Australian hat, size small.
posted by spinifex23 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Yes, it's extremely beat up. However, it fits my head perfectly, and I already love it to bits. Self cleaning and leaving out in the sun only worked slightly, and now it smells of saddlesoap and leather. As it is, I can't wear it, as those scents trigger my asthma.
Here's what I tried:
Putting it out in the sun for days, for both sides of the hat.
Cleaning it with a regular boot cleaning saddlesoap. I think this just made it worse.
Leaving it out on the back porch to air. However, after a month? That barely worked.
So, now dry cleaning? I have to have a bunch of things dry cleaned, so this would just add to the stack. Will that help the hat at all, or should I just pass it on? I don't mind if it gets more beat up in the process or discolors it. I just want the smells gone. Thanks!