If you've been following along on the blog for the past few months, you would know we have done our best to answer all of your most frequently asked questions. Today's blog post is no exception. We are talking all about how to clean your Gigi Pip hats.
Cleaning your felt hat can be a delicate task. Whether you need to give it a light cleaning to refresh and revamp your Gigi Pip or you literally wear your hat every day and you would put it through the washing machine if you could, we've got the tips, tricks, and hacks for keeping your Gigi Pip hat looking brand new and squeaky clean. We are sharing a few hat cleaning options and a few stain removing remedies. Keep on reading folks.
1. Hat brush
Use a hat brush to help remove dust and dirt from the surface of your hat. For best practice, gently brush the hat counterclockwise, starting at the front and working your way around. You can purchase a hat brush here.
Pro tip: Always brush in the same direction consistently.
2. Lint roller
A good rule of thumb always keep a lint roller on hand to remove lint, hair, and dust. For all those out there that have a wardrobe primarily consisting of black, you know what I'm talking about. Lint rollers save lives. Put that on a t-shirt. If you aren't that well prepared, you can use a piece of tape to remove that stubborn dust and debris your hat might collect over time. For the tape option, just wrap the tape around your hand, sticky side out and gently sweep and dab across the surface of your hat.
Pro tip: Replace the tape frequently to ensure you remove as much as possible.
Use a dry, clean cloth to brush dried dirt, dust and any other debris off your hat. Dried dirt may flake off easily as you wipe it. For stubborn dust, wet the cloth so it's moist, but not too saturated and continue to wipe your hat.
If you've got messy kiddos on your hands or you are just spill prone, we've got just what you're looking for when it comes to hat stain removal. You can just use an eraser or makeup sponge to remove any stains. Gently dab or smudge the stain.
Pro tip: Don't ever rub your stains. That just allows the stain to set in deeper and makes it harder for removal.
Another option is to purchase a dry cleaning sponge, you can find them at most hardware stores or here. These sponges are a great investment because they are designed with stain removal in mind.
1. Corn Starch
If you notice a grease stain on your hat, sprinkle a little cornstarch over the stained area. We recommend a half tbsp to start. Rub it gently on to the stain. After 5-10 minutes, brush it away.
2. Fabric Stain Remover
Everyone has some sort of fabric stain remover lying around their laundry room. Get out that damp cloth and add some fabric stain remover. Our favorite gentle stain remover is Woolite.After stain treatment, rinse the cloth and rewipe stains to remove stain remover from hats.
To refresh and deep clean that prized Gigi Pip hat. Sprinkle some absorbent powder similar to the color of your hat to avoid any discoloring. Let the hat sit for several hours to allow the powder to soak up dirt and oils. Place it upside down on its crown to avoid misshaping the brim. Shake off the powder and remove the rest with the hose of your vacuum cleaner.
Pro tip: Use wheat germ for dark colored hats, baking soda for white hats and cornmeal for beige and tan hats.
Reshaping your Hat.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you accidentally sit on your hat, you step on it walking through your messy room or realize your hat ended up at the bottom of your suitcase? If you said yes to any of those, this video is for you!
Cleaning the sweatband
To freshen up your sweatband, use a toothbrush, water, and mild soap to gently scrub and blot dirt.
You can also use felt hat protection sprayto safeguard your hat from rain and stains to extend your hat's shelf life.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our Gigi Pip hats, once they leave our hands, it's now in yours to take good care of them. We hope this blog post informs you and helps you to keep your hats looking brand new!
Finding your perfect hat starts with finding the perfect fit. Let's answer some common questions to help you find a Gigi Pip that will give you the best look and feel.
Hats are measured by the inside circumference at the bottom of the hat's crown (the sweatband) and most often measured in centimeters. While hats may be sized according to their measurement, it is fairly common for women's hats to be sized based on average women's head sizes and then adjusted down to fit.
For example - Since the average women's head size measures 57cm, a small to medium hat would be made to fit 57cm and then can be adjusted down to 55cm. Larger head sizes measure up to 59cm, so a medium to large size hat would be made to fit a 59cm head size and then can be adjusted down to 57cm. Children ages 7 and below are typically 53cm, and those ages 7+ tend to be 55cm. Because of this, Gigi Pip hats sizes are as followed:
Kids (53cm to 55cm)
S/M (57cm to 59cm)
M/L (59cm to 61cm)
Additional Sizing Chart (based on average women head sizes):
X Small - 55cm (21.65 Inches)
Small - 57cm (22.44 Inches)
Medium - 58cm (22.83 Inches)
Large - 59cm (23.22 Inches)
X Large - 61cm (24.01 Inches)
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size and are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) and then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide on the style you'd like to size your hat to and adjust your hat accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table and measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Method 1: The Traditional Style
This is the traditional style of wearing a hat. The front tip of the hat is low on the forehead, just above your eye brows, causing the hat to sit nearly level with the ground. To measure your head using the traditional style method, measure the distance around your head from the center of the back of the head to the forehead just above the eyebrow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape (or string) to measure the distance around your head crossing through the center part of the back of your head and the forehead just above the eyebrow. The tape should be level with the ground.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Hat sizing is in cm. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting your hat accordingly.
Method 2: The Halo Style
This is the halo style way of wearing a hat. The front of your hat is raised up and the hat sits on the back of your head. To measure your head size using the halo method, measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above your neck, and the front of you head up on your brow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape to measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above the neck, and the front of your head high on the brow. The tape should be higher in front than in back.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Wearing a hat Halo style is usually a smaller hat size than wearing a hat traditionally however we recommend using the larger of the two hat sizes. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting down.
All Gigi Pip hats are made to adjust to the perfect fit. Before making any adjustments, check the inner band type and follow the directions below.
1. My hat has draw strings - If your inner band has draw strings located behind the tag on the rear side of the hat, simply pull them tight to adjust your hat size down a size or two. Pull gently to avoid a tare.
2. My hat DOES NOT have draw strings - Many types of inner bands do not allow for a draw strings such as leather, elastic or cotton with a foam lining. Hats without a draw string are adjusted by using Gigi Pip's Hat Sizing Tape (sold separately). Hat sizing tape has long been the preferred method of adjusting hats because it allows you to keep the inner band in its natural form and the foam molds comfortably to the head.
Directions to use Hat Sizing Tape: Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at email@example.com.
Now that you know what your hat size is, let's find The Best Hat for your Face Shape!