Material care

The washing of a cap is very much related to the different valuable materials it consists of. We recommend you to wash your cap every 1-4 year if necessary, and please keep in mind: Never put it inside the ultimate hat destroyer, the washing machine!
Here are some caretaking tips for the locally sourced materials used for Wilgart Hats

fabric sample of HarrisTweed

Guideline for Harris Tweed

–         Do not wash in hot water

–         Do not dry clean

–         Do not use fabric softener

–         Do not bleach

–         Use only mild detergents

A new stain needs immediate attention to keep it from penetrating the woolen fibers. Use a cloth cleaning rag to soak up as much of a liquid stain as possible, dabbing rather than rubbing the tweed. Wait for heavier spots such as caked mud to dry and then use a soft bristle brush to sweep away the stain. Vacuum gently your tweed routinely to lift away dirt and dust. To clean the garment thoroughly with a light scrubbing motion, mix a solution of gentle soap and water, dampen an sponge, and then go over the entire surface of the fabric.

Make sure your solution is not too strong or you could discolor the fabric. You do not want the cloth soaked in water; only slightly damp. After cleaning, put the clothing on a hanger and let it air dry completely before returning it to your wardrobe. You may want to remove your wool clothing from its storage bag from time to time and hang it outside so the wind removes any lingering odors.

Fabric sample cotton

Guideline for cotton
– Wash cotton inside out
– If drying outside also hang inside out
– Handwash or use a delicate cycle of your washing mashine in combination with cold water and mild detergents.

If you worry about your cotton might shrink, then knowing that shrinking almost always relates to the drying of your garments. Cotton will naturally shrink a little but additional shrinking occurs when cotton is
– Washing in hot water
– Left drying close to a heat source. The rapid drying causes the natural fibers to become scrunched together.
To prevent shrinking in the drying process hang the clothes on a clothesline outside to naturally dry. In the winter let the cap dry laying on a towel somewhere not to close to a heat source.

Linen fabric sample

Guideline for linen

– Use only mild detergents

– Do not wash in hot water

– Do not dry clean

– Do not use fabric softener

– Do not bleach

 

Linen comes from the plant flax. Wilgart sources linen rawmaterials mainly from Netherlands and Belgium, where the production is clean and lean.

If you are washing linen it is always best to use a hand wash. With each washing linen becomes softer and more absorbent, but do not overdue it. You must wash linen in lukewarm or cold, and preferably soft, water. If you insist then you can also use a gentle washing machine cycle and mild soaps for linen. But we suggest hand washing to remain control and feel of the fabric. Mashine washing can potentially disturb the caps visor or bill.

Ironing your linen cap is not really a priority unless it is really crushed. Still, if you prefer ironing, it would be a good idea to iron while the fabric is still damp. Otherwise, iron with steam at medium-to-hot. You must have a thin cloth between the iron and your cap while ironing, or there will be visible glances on the fabric that will not disappear. For Linen it is better to go along with the lively expression and relaxed vibe of the fabric, than trying to shape it with steam ironing.
If you accidentally overheat, crowd or over dry your linen and it becomes wrinkled, just dampen it and the wrinkles will relax after a period of use. For a small wrinkle dampen with a spray bottle of water, or just let it relax by itself over a day or two. For preference, line-dry and let fresh air, wind and sunshine do their work.

Guideline for waxcotton / oilskin

– Avoid soap and detergents

– Avoid keeping in direct sunlight / any direct heat source for too long

– Do not machine wash or tumble dry

– Do not iron

– Do not rub clean

– Do not use hot water

 

The wax cotton is either indulged with the original beeswax or a blend of natural oils and linoleum. Wax cotton is also known as oilskin cotton.
Clean it only if necessary and use a cold damp cloth to sponge wipe persistent areas of dirt. Never user detergents or hot water, since it will melt the wax out of the fabric.

Please note: Cleaning with may affect/remove the qualities of the wax.

To refresh the wax layer, look into a outdoor equipment store and ask for the wax treatment product. When the qualities of the wax seems to be worn out, you should treat the fabric with the same rewax product. The need for for rewaxing is dependent of the use of the cap, but in general once or twice a year is the average.

Mixed material fabric

You should be careful when your cap has different of the listed materials. If your hat has a detail of fishskin on the front, we do not recommend handwashing it and so on. Read about caretaking of each of the materials at stake, and take precautions when care taking of your hat.

Leather samples

Guidelines for leather:

– Do not machine wash or tumble dry

– Do not rub clean

– Do not bleach

– Do not use detergents

Like wood, leather tends to fade, crack and stiffen when placed too close to heat sources like radiators or fireplaces, so keep it away from them.

If you want your leather to remain soft and have a longer life and fewer blemishes, we recommend ongoing caretaking with leather grease.

Leather grease is a combination of beeswax and impregnating plant juices, which makes the leather naturally water and stain repellent. It contains no solvents or silicone.

Bright untreated leather that do not get any treatment with fat is particularly susceptible to sweat stains, spills and dirt. It is either very difficult or impossible to remove those stains. Some prefer the leather to appear untreated and with stains and dried out, as it is considered as more genuine. If you sympathize with this, follow general advice on minimal care and only use a damp cloth or sponge for cleaning purposes.

Wolffish leather skin sample

Guideline for suede leather:

– Do not machine wash or tumble dry

– Do not rub clean

– Do not bleach

– Do not use detergents

The suede leather can overcome any weather conditions that you yourself can tolerate. The skin gets smoother over time and gains patina according to use. Handled with care, this case will age with grace and develop a vintage look with warm shades with slight changes in tone and color.

If you use detergent or soap the leather will dry out, so don’t. But if the leather somehow seems dry or stiff anyway, you could give it a treatment of leather grease. When you give it grease, it will become darker in the surface than before. A way of avoiding that is by never washing your leather, but let it keep its natural changing look over time.

Eventually over the years the color will fade slightly, but you can counteract by giving your leather a makeover by using some powerful pigments of fluid leather dye from your favorite leather supplier.

Salmonskin leather sample

Fishskin, wolffish & salmon
Real fishskins are a exclusive but also durable leather. Each skin and pattern is unique which makes your cap truly individual. These details are quite resistant to wear and tear and can be cleaned with a damp cloth if needed.

Ostrichleg skin
Never wash these details, but only with a damp cloth or sponge. Never use any detergents, also if you are cleaning the whole cap, be sure the details do not get in touch with any soap as part of the special printing technique can take damage of it.

+ Harris Tweed Wool
fabric sample of HarrisTweed

Guideline for Harris Tweed

–         Do not wash in hot water

–         Do not dry clean

–         Do not use fabric softener

–         Do not bleach

–         Use only mild detergents

A new stain needs immediate attention to keep it from penetrating the woolen fibers. Use a cloth cleaning rag to soak up as much of a liquid stain as possible, dabbing rather than rubbing the tweed. Wait for heavier spots such as caked mud to dry and then use a soft bristle brush to sweep away the stain. Vacuum gently your tweed routinely to lift away dirt and dust. To clean the garment thoroughly with a light scrubbing motion, mix a solution of gentle soap and water, dampen an sponge, and then go over the entire surface of the fabric.

Make sure your solution is not too strong or you could discolor the fabric. You do not want the cloth soaked in water; only slightly damp. After cleaning, put the clothing on a hanger and let it air dry completely before returning it to your wardrobe. You may want to remove your wool clothing from its storage bag from time to time and hang it outside so the wind removes any lingering odors.

+ Cotton
Fabric sample cotton

Guideline for cotton
– Wash cotton inside out
– If drying outside also hang inside out
– Handwash or use a delicate cycle of your washing mashine in combination with cold water and mild detergents.

If you worry about your cotton might shrink, then knowing that shrinking almost always relates to the drying of your garments. Cotton will naturally shrink a little but additional shrinking occurs when cotton is
– Washing in hot water
– Left drying close to a heat source. The rapid drying causes the natural fibers to become scrunched together.
To prevent shrinking in the drying process hang the clothes on a clothesline outside to naturally dry. In the winter let the cap dry laying on a towel somewhere not to close to a heat source.

+ Linen
Linen fabric sample

Guideline for linen

– Use only mild detergents

– Do not wash in hot water

– Do not dry clean

– Do not use fabric softener

– Do not bleach

 

Linen comes from the plant flax. Wilgart sources linen rawmaterials mainly from Netherlands and Belgium, where the production is clean and lean.

If you are washing linen it is always best to use a hand wash. With each washing linen becomes softer and more absorbent, but do not overdue it. You must wash linen in lukewarm or cold, and preferably soft, water. If you insist then you can also use a gentle washing machine cycle and mild soaps for linen. But we suggest hand washing to remain control and feel of the fabric. Mashine washing can potentially disturb the caps visor or bill.

Ironing your linen cap is not really a priority unless it is really crushed. Still, if you prefer ironing, it would be a good idea to iron while the fabric is still damp. Otherwise, iron with steam at medium-to-hot. You must have a thin cloth between the iron and your cap while ironing, or there will be visible glances on the fabric that will not disappear. For Linen it is better to go along with the lively expression and relaxed vibe of the fabric, than trying to shape it with steam ironing.
If you accidentally overheat, crowd or over dry your linen and it becomes wrinkled, just dampen it and the wrinkles will relax after a period of use. For a small wrinkle dampen with a spray bottle of water, or just let it relax by itself over a day or two. For preference, line-dry and let fresh air, wind and sunshine do their work.

+ Wax cotton / Oilskin

Guideline for waxcotton / oilskin

– Avoid soap and detergents

– Avoid keeping in direct sunlight / any direct heat source for too long

– Do not machine wash or tumble dry

– Do not iron

– Do not rub clean

– Do not use hot water

 

The wax cotton is either indulged with the original beeswax or a blend of natural oils and linoleum. Wax cotton is also known as oilskin cotton.
Clean it only if necessary and use a cold damp cloth to sponge wipe persistent areas of dirt. Never user detergents or hot water, since it will melt the wax out of the fabric.

Please note: Cleaning with may affect/remove the qualities of the wax.

To refresh the wax layer, look into a outdoor equipment store and ask for the wax treatment product. When the qualities of the wax seems to be worn out, you should treat the fabric with the same rewax product. The need for for rewaxing is dependent of the use of the cap, but in general once or twice a year is the average.

+ Mixed materials
Mixed material fabric

You should be careful when your cap has different of the listed materials. If your hat has a detail of fishskin on the front, we do not recommend handwashing it and so on. Read about caretaking of each of the materials at stake, and take precautions when care taking of your hat.

+ Leather
Leather samples

Guidelines for leather:

– Do not machine wash or tumble dry

– Do not rub clean

– Do not bleach

– Do not use detergents

Like wood, leather tends to fade, crack and stiffen when placed too close to heat sources like radiators or fireplaces, so keep it away from them.

If you want your leather to remain soft and have a longer life and fewer blemishes, we recommend ongoing caretaking with leather grease.

Leather grease is a combination of beeswax and impregnating plant juices, which makes the leather naturally water and stain repellent. It contains no solvents or silicone.

Bright untreated leather that do not get any treatment with fat is particularly susceptible to sweat stains, spills and dirt. It is either very difficult or impossible to remove those stains. Some prefer the leather to appear untreated and with stains and dried out, as it is considered as more genuine. If you sympathize with this, follow general advice on minimal care and only use a damp cloth or sponge for cleaning purposes.

+ Suede leather
Wolffish leather skin sample

Guideline for suede leather:

– Do not machine wash or tumble dry

– Do not rub clean

– Do not bleach

– Do not use detergents

The suede leather can overcome any weather conditions that you yourself can tolerate. The skin gets smoother over time and gains patina according to use. Handled with care, this case will age with grace and develop a vintage look with warm shades with slight changes in tone and color.

If you use detergent or soap the leather will dry out, so don’t. But if the leather somehow seems dry or stiff anyway, you could give it a treatment of leather grease. When you give it grease, it will become darker in the surface than before. A way of avoiding that is by never washing your leather, but let it keep its natural changing look over time.

Eventually over the years the color will fade slightly, but you can counteract by giving your leather a makeover by using some powerful pigments of fluid leather dye from your favorite leather supplier.

+ Fishskin or ostrich leg
Salmonskin leather sample

Fishskin, wolffish & salmon
Real fishskins are a exclusive but also durable leather. Each skin and pattern is unique which makes your cap truly individual. These details are quite resistant to wear and tear and can be cleaned with a damp cloth if needed.

Ostrichleg skin
Never wash these details, but only with a damp cloth or sponge. Never use any detergents, also if you are cleaning the whole cap, be sure the details do not get in touch with any soap as part of the special printing technique can take damage of it.