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Product Care

Product Care

Boot Care – Leather

  • Never store leather goods in plastic or other non-breathable covers. This will cause the leather to become dry.
  • Allow wet or damp leather to air dry naturally away from any heat source.  Avoid extreme heat or humidity that may damage the skins natural oils. Excessive dryness can cause cracking. Excess moisture can cause mildew.
  • Should mildew occur, sponge over with one part clear vinegar and two parts water (vinegar helps to kill the mildew).
  • Leather can be treated with a leather conditioner. It is recommended to treat your leather boots with leather conditioner every six to twelve months to restore flexibility and proper moisture levels.
  • After drying – Suede and Nubuck leathers can be brushed with a terry towel to restore its look.
  • In winter, promptly remove salt deposits from products by sponging with clear water, then follow with the above treatment for wet or damp leather.

 

Hat Care

Suede Leather Hats – Cowhide Split Leather – Rough Finish

  • Provided you dry your hat slowly, rain drops will simply brush out.
  • Water resistance can be achieved through the use of a silicone based spray.
  • Oily or greasy marks (provided you move quickly) on some occasions it is possible to sprinkle talcum powder on the marks, and the talc will absorb some of the oil or grease.
  • If any heavy soiling occurs that cannot be brushed out then a suede shampoo may be used to restore the nap.
  • Some marks can be removed by rubbing gently with an emery board.


Full Grain Hats – Smooth Leather Finish

  • Protect with a little leather dressing, just enough to protect not weigh the hat down.
  • Water will turn to beads and roll off (or shake off).
  • Sweat/perspiration stains are virtually impossible to remove or wash out.  An alternative would be to make the hat the same colour as the stains by using a leather dressing.
  • Place the leather dressing onto the stain, Let it soak into the hat and then wipe off the excess, you may have to do this a couple of times before you achieve a colour match.

 

About Akubra Hats

Rabbit Fur Felt Hats – Akubra Hats

  • Superfine Quality – Hats are never lined, mostly have ribbon bands very fine / light fur felt.
  • Imperial Quality – Usually not lined but can be ordered with lining slightly rougher/tougher fur felt.
  • Heritage Quality – Always lined and smoother/lighter fur felt.


Can Akubra Hats be worn in the Rain or Snow?

  • Yes, Akubra Hats can be worn in the rain or snow. For extra protection, spray with scotch guard or similar.
  • If your Akubra is wet, do not force dry, the leather band will shrink.
  • Akubra Hats MUST be dried slowly.
  • Brush your hat anti-clockwise with a clothes brush.
  • Rest your hat on its crown.  Resting the hat on its brim will cause the brim to distort.
  • Never leave your hat in the sun. The hat itself won’t shrink, however the inside band will and it’s hard to stretch it back.
  • If your Akubra is wet, do not force dry, the leather band will shrink.
  • Your Akubra should be cleaned by a hat cleaning specialist.  If your hat is only lightly soiled with dust or grime, rub the area with little dry cleaning fluid.
  • For greasy marks on the inside band, smother with talcum powder and dust off when grease is absorbed.
  • Nesting Rings – are caused by hats stacked on top of each other.  The ring gives the impression of a sun line. To remove the ring, rotate the hat over steam, this lifts the fur felt and the line will disappear.


Akubra Sweat Marks - Perspiration or Dust and Grime

  • Brush the hat anti-clockwise to remove any dust and then lightly rub the affected area with a paint thinner or dry cleaning fluid – only a little amount.  Car upholstery cleaner can be used – Kitten B, spray on and leave for 15-20 seconds then wipe with cloth.
  • To remove perspiration stains from the band, rub with Eucalyptus oil or use a Eucalyptus wash.  Mix 360 grams of pure soap flakes with 500ml of methylated spirits and a tablespoon of eucalyptus oil.  See our Hat Accessory page for Eucalyptus oil.
  • Dissolve one tablespoon of Eucalyptus wash in a basin of hot water, adjust to tepid, and then wring out a rough towel in the solution and sponge the stained area until clean.
  • The same method may be used for the stain removal and general cleaning of the outside of the hat. Best to pack the crown with plastic bags or plain paper to retain shape. (Newspaper print can be absorbed).
  • To remove water marks from the outside of a felt hat, sponge gently with white vinegar.

 

Reshaping Your Akubra

  • Akubra Hats do have a memory and will go back into shape with a guiding hand.
  • Run the hat over steam – Just a little to dampen the hat, this makes the fur felt pliable.
  • Put the hat onto a flat surface with the crown hanging off the edge. You are using the weight of the crown to give the snap – slope at the front.
  • For the Brim – Steam to soften (from a kettle – pan) then using your hands roll the brim upwards, again the hat will attempt to correct itself and just needs help from a guiding hand.
  • The more steam used the better the results.
  • Allow the hat to cool slightly to avoid burns.
  • AKUBRAS are very resilient and will take reshaping again and again. IMPORTANT – Do NOT get the inside sweatband wet.


Stretch Hats – Leather – Fur Felts

  • Leather – For leather you need to be sitting down. Put your hands and knee inside the crown and give gradual pulls, try on after each pull to ensue you do not overstretch.  
  • After each stretch, rotate the hat so you are stretching the hat evenly around the crown.
  • Fur Felts / AKUBRA – Place the hat over steam then use the same procedure as with LEATHER shown above.


Loosely Fitting Hats

  • A slightly loose hat can be customised to a perfect fit by placing a thin foam or folded paper towelling behind the existing sweatband.  
  • Due to our Australian climate, many Australians buy one size bigger and pack the behind the sweatband to tighten the hat until it adjusts to the wearers head.  
  • Akubra hats are a little like shoes, they adjust to the shape of the wearer’s head.
  • One size bigger allows for all the changes the hat will go through.

 

How to Attach a Chin Strap

  • Feed each end of the chin strap through the vent holes on the crown and pull through under the chin.
  • Alternative have a shoe repairer/key cutter put eyelets on the brim centred directly below the crown vent holes.
  • Please Note:  We do not attach chin straps to Akubra Hats, it is an irreversible procedure. We do not make permanent changes to all products as there may be a problem with the size, colour and style.

How to Attach a Chin Strap to the Akubra Militiary Slouch Hat

 

Barmah Hat Care

Barmah Hats are sturdy and durable. With a small amount of care, your Barmah Hat will give you many years of service. To care for your Barmah Hat, we recommend the following:

Leather Hats

  • Please ensure that your hat is not exposed to extreme heat.
  • It is advisable to care for your Barmah hat with the recommended cleaning and care products.


Canvas Hats

  • Lightly brush off any dust with a hat brush.
  • For minor marks, sponge with warm water and detergent.
  • If necessary your canvas hat can be cleaned in a 3:1 solution of bleach and gently hand washed.  Ensure the hat is rinsed thoroughly in clean water immediately to remove bleach.
  • It is not recommended that your machine wash your hat.

 

Oilskin Care

Oilskins are garments made from wax impregnated fabric or oilskin cloth as we Australians call it, are most carefree and will last for many years.
Drizapel Fabric
Drizapel is 100% cotton. Treated with Teflon for stain and water resistance.
Drizapel has a softer finish
Light soiling – to leather collars/trims. It is recommended to dry clean garments by a dry cleaning specialist.
Heavy soiling – to leather collars/trims. It is recommended to dry clean garments by a dry cleaning specialist.
After dry cleaning – T maintain water repellence, use scotch guard or similar.

What NOT to do to your Oilskins
Do not use hot water.
Do not dry clean.
Do not use soap or detergents.
Do not leave in direct sunlight against a window.
Do not machine wash.
Do not force dry or hang in front of fire.
Do not wear the coat near fire or flame.

Oilskin Reproofing – Redressing
Redressing a garment depends on the usage, so therefore there is no set rule. However, we do recommend you check your garment at regular intervals, especially before the rainy season, and act accordingly.

Remove lid of garment dressing and warm contents until liquefied. Then apply to cleaned dry garment with a cloth or brush, paying particular attention to seams and places subject to friction.
Hang out in the sun or warm area to allow dressing to penetrate into the fabric.
Place garment on a coat hanger ready for storage in a dry airy place, ready for the next use.

Note: satisfactory results can be expected when dressing is applied to genuine
Driza-Bone garments. Driza-Bone Dressing Products

Oilskin – Mildew/Mold
If there is a foul smell it is caused by mold growing in the fabric. Hang your garment in the hot sun for a couple of weeks.
Using a soft brush, brush away dust. Using one part clear vinegar (lemon juice) and two parts water, spray or sponge onto the mold. Vinegar kills mold, depending on how bad the mold is you may have to apply twice.

Once you have the mold under control, you need to wash the jacket. Usually a good hose down will do, or thoroughly wash the garment using a pure soap (recommended for woollens) then thoroughly rinse.
Sunlight and washing will evaporate the oil wax finish.

It is recommended to reproof the jacket (see for instructions above). Apply a little extra on the seams and high traffic areas such as pockets, elbows, sitting area and crease areas on the sleeves.

 

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