AdornA Cleaning Instructions

*Disclaimer: Please clean and/or steam your AdornA with care, at your own risk. Milano Collection accepts no responsibility for damage or injury caused during the cleaning and/or steaming process.

Remove the Hair Extension from the hat or scarf before cleaning.

Baseball Cap - Cotton

Plug your sink and fill it with cool water until it is close to halfway full. While the water is running, pour a cap-full of detergent (without bleach) into the water. This will fill you sink with soapy suds. If your hat has any metal crystal or other non fabric decor on please spot clean with spot detergent such as Shout.

Rub or spray a laundry pre-treatment onto the largest stains on yout cap. These spots will probably be where the most sweat and dirt accumulated after months of baseball games or miles of hiking trails.

Place your cap in the soapy water. Using a clean cloth dipped in the sudsy water, gently scrub away the stains. Do this until you think you've removed all of the dirt. Instead of a clean cloth, you can also use an old toothbrush. If you are particularly concerned with a logo or name getting damaged, scrub around them with a toothbrush. You are able to control where you clean more easily when you use a toothbrush than when you use a towel.

Drain your sink. Wash your soapy hat under cool water until the water coming off it is clear.

Dry the cap with a couple of hand towels. Pack the inside of the cap so as to shape it while it is drying. If you have a plastic cap former, insert it in the cap while it dries.

Set it on a towel in front of a floor fan. Then in a couple of hours, your favorite cap will be as good as new and ready to get dirty again. 

Leather hats

Smooth leather hats may be treated as soft leather shoes. They can be waxed and buffed with a clear shoe polish... darker polish can often cover scratches.

A smooth leather hat may be waterproofed using a soft bees wax and a damp strong sponge. A tiny bit goes a very long way.. Use bees wax very sparingly.

Saddle soap cream can be used for cleaning and conditioning.  


Straw hats

For cleaning straw hats:

Brush them frequently.

For light dirt, use a piece of velvet that has been steamed for a few seconds. Rub in circles.

For very stubborn stains, try some dry cleaner fluid.

For light straw try ½ teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and ½ teaspoon of warm water.

For dark straw hats try ½ teaspoon of ammonia and ¼ cup of water.

For straw hats that have been slightly crushed or dented hold the hat over a constant stream of steam while constantly moving the hat. Shape and dry naturally. 



Flowers can be steamed back into shape. Steam and shake gently

Sometime acrylic spray can be used to help old flowers keep their shape.

Lace can often be cleaned by gently swishing in a dish of warm soapy water. Soak and squeeze. Never rub or twist.

Rinse the soap way and then smooth out on a towel and place another towel on top.

Some ribbons can be dusted off using a puff of velvet cloth. They can often be steamed. Using a curling iron to restore a curl is possible. Always store ribbons loosely with other ribbons.

Veilings can be dusted and pressed... make sure you use waxed paper and a medium hot iron.

Feathers can be dusted with other feathers... dipped in a mild soapy solution, rinsed and hung up to dry. Do not ever steam feathers.


Panama hat

Your Panama hat is a delicate product, 100% handmade in Ecuador. In order to keep the original shape of your hat you should not put any heavy objects on its surface or bend it. Also, it is not recommendable to use your hat in the rain.

To remove small wrinkles from your hat, just place a damp cloth on it and then, at a moderate temperature, iron it or just remodel it with your hands. Moreover, use a soft cloth and some mild soap if you want to clean your hat and its dry spots.

It is best to keep your hat in a room with a relatively high moisture level such as a bathroom.


Straw, Felt Fedora and Wide Brim hats

With Care, Felt Hats develop more character and become better with age.

Only touch your hat with clean and dry hands.

When you put your hat on or take it of or need to adjust it, handle the hat by the front and back of the brim. Otherwise it might lose it’s shape and get dirty.

Flexing your hat may eventually weaken the body of the crown and brim and make it lose its ability to keep its shape.

Never handle your hat by holding the crown, it will get fingerprint oils on it.

Do not pick up your hat/fedora by the pinch, it may misshape it. On a straw fedora the pinch will crack. On a Felt hat it may split the felt.

Do not place hat on its brim, it may flatten or lose its curve especially when it is wet.

Consider using a rain protector. Some hats made of canvas, felt or straw can have applications of Scotchguard to help make the hats waterproof.

Place your hat upside down on it’s crown in a clean area.

For long term storage, place your hat on a styrofoam or hat head. 

Do not leave your hat in the car or in the sun as the humidity may cause it to lose shape, and the sweatband, cotton, wool or leather, could shrink or distort.

Hats of any material may be sensitive to prolonged exposure to direct sunlight causing colors to fade.

When traveling it is best to transport your hat in a hat box with a handle to insure protection.

Occasionally flip down the sweat band so it can dry and air out. If your sweatband regularly soaks up a lot of sweat or hair oils, make sure you dry it out often. If you must clean the sweatband be very careful. Try using a toothbrush dipped in a mild soap solution and scrubbing. Rinse and blot very carefully. Do not get the hat wet or it will stain.



Often a felt or straw hat that loses its shape can be held in a stream of steam* and gently reshaped by hand. Do not use an iron, the steam may run out. Hold carefully over the spout of a kettle or pot of boiling water.


Scarves - wash by hand only!

Fill a sink or large bowl with cool water.

Add a small amount of mild detergent to the water and create suds.

Submerge your scarf fully in the water. Knead and squeeze it through the suds until it’s totally wet. Let the scarf sit in the water for around 15 minutes.

Drain or pour out the water.

Rinse your scarf by holding it under cool tap water. Squeeze and run it under the faucet until the water runs clear through the scarf and there are no suds left.

Squeeze water out of your scarf – be gentle! Don’t wring the fabric too hard.

Lay your scarf on a towel and roll the towel; this will eliminate a good amount of dampness so it can dry.

Unroll the towel and lay your scarf on a dry towel to completely dry. Never hang a scarf to dry – this could damage its fibers!


*Disclaimer: Please clean and/or steam your AdornA with care, at your own risk. Milano Collection accepts no responsibility for damage or injury caused during the cleaning and/or steaming process.

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