Cleaning a hat in 1919

Cleaning a hat in 1919

If you could guess, which would be the best option to get grease out of your favorite felt hat?

Gasoline of curse.

Hat cleaning the old fashion way

Cappelleria Bertacchi has at its disposal a phenomenal library and I often get lost in the reading of fantastic tale of craftsmanship from another era. this is one of these story. Some time these story are so incredible that I can't resist sharing.

 

Bertacchi's bookshelves

 

The technique i will talk about today is definitely one of them.

This technique was really popular at the begin of the 20th century, but today considered dangerous for your health and the environment (we suggest you to contact us for your hat cleaning needs).

If you could guess, which would be the best option to get grease out of your favorite felt hat?

 

Gasoline of curse.

 

It’s not a typo, back in the days there was not a better option rather than a good and restoring bath of gasoline for your favorite hat.
The hat needed to be soaked in gasoline for couple of hours, then moved on a rack to dry out.

If you were dealing with a strong stain the suggestion would have been to worm up the gasoline. this guaranteed a deeper and more effective treatment.
Using the same solution you cold have threaded multiple felt hats, going from the lighter to the darker colour.

 

In case you are wondering, the smell would have vanished after drying.

Over the years Cappelleria Bertacchi developed new approach that are sustainable and not armful for you or the environment. Cappelleria Bertacchi is today leader in the hat cleaning and repair.
Cappelleria Bertacchi is on the front line for the environment, all our cleaning products and technique aim to reduce our ecological Footprint, so please do not try this at home.

Contact us directly for your cleaning needs. Are you unable to swing by the store? no worries we can arrange delivery service po pick up your hat and have it return fresh and cleaned.

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