How to Clean a Fedora Hat

by Ashlee Simmons ; Updated September 28, 2017

Fedora hats were highly popular in the early twentieth century. These hats are typically composed of felt material and have what is called a C-crown, or a place for the head to fit into the top of the hat. Fedoras have a distinct shape that is easily recognized. The tops are creased and the front is pinched on both sides. Cleaning a fedora hat is easy as long as you know how to take proper care of the hat's materials and shape.

Wash and dry your hands.

Hold the fedora by the front or back brim.

Brush the fedora very gently all over the outside of the hat. Begin on the left side and move the hat around until you have brushed it completely.

Use a lint roller to remove small pieces of lint, hair or fuzz.

Rub stains and spots gently with a damp washcloth.

Dry the fedora by using a blow dryer on the lowest heat setting. You can also let your hat air dry on its own.


  • Take your fedora for a professional cleaning to get rid of tough stains or sweat marks.

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Ashlee Simmons has written professionally for more than 10 years. Her writing focus is travel, equestrian and health and medical articles, but she enjoys writing human interest stories as well. Simmons graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a liberal arts degree.