Cleaning felt hats

I have some cutom made western style hats (cowboy hats) and they get soiled occasionally. Recently I was with a mates in Tianmu when the wind whipped my favorite off my head and sent it to the street, Horrors of horrors, a bus passed over it and it got caught in the underframe of the bus and was ejected at the next stoplight, Keep in mind that it was custom made for my somewhat enlarged head. It was not easily replaceable. My mates and I recovered the remainder which was richly embellished with road soot and bus oil.
I took it to my local drycleaner that usually does my wool suits and other items. When it came back, it look and fit like new. There was no trace of damage and it looiked and felt like the day I got it in Tucson. I heartily endorse the local drycleaning firms.
I pay 50 NT for drycleaning for pants.
50NT for washing and pressing dress shirts
The hat cleaning cost 100 NT but I was damned pleased to pay. The hat cost me 700 U.S.
Now, that’s service and I just continue to love my adopted home.
BTW, a shop in Hsinchu tried to charge me 100 NT for each shirt washed and ironed. I only went once. Too much. 50 per item is ok, at least as I see it.

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Sort of gravedigging this topic but very good advice. I bought a 700USD beaver pelt custom-made Cowboy hat recently, and when it does get soiled, the drycleaners can apply certain cleaning oils and solutions, that make it as good as new.

Very glad this post remained.

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It’s very warm on my head. Much better than rabbit pelt hats. High quality hats are usually rabbit or beaver pelt or hybrid with full beaver being the highest quality.

I always go full beaver.

I think there are dry cleaning fluid but have no idea how they are used. I managed to get some from Taobao. These are the original kind, not the new hydrocarbon kind. China doesn’t care about environmental laws or the Montreal Protocol it seems. Was going to make lava lamp out of it or something.

I wonder if they make hats out of cat pelt… that would be the cat in the hat…