Akubra is a Australian brand of fur felt hats that are loved by many people around the world, for there classic styles and quality of their hats.
Here Is Why Akubra Hats Can Be Waterproof (When New):
The majority of Akubra’s hats are made from Rabbit Fur (which are not completely waterproof), but mostly will keep your head dry, as the quality of the material is tough and long lasting.
Akubra waterproofs all new hats but this will wear off over time.
We are going to thoroughly talk about waterproofing a Akubra hat, what to do if it gets wet, and the best way to look after your Akubra. Thanks for reading.
Are Akubra Hats Waterproof?
Akubra hats when they are manufactured have a waterproof solution over the fur felt as part of the manufacturing process. So when you receive your new hat it will be waterproof at the beginning.
The hats are built to handle rain, snow, and other precipitation that Mother Nature may throw your way.
However, because Akubra hats are not waterproof, the hat’s level of water protection may vary depend on how long you have had your hat, and how much wear it has had. If you have had an Akubra hat for a long time you will find that it will be less waterproof and you may need to get it re done at a Akubra dealer.
If you are looking for a hat that will protect you from the rain, Akubra is a good option.
Can I Wear My Akubra In The Rain?
Yes Akubra’s can be worn in the rain. If you own a Akubra check the below chart :
New (0-1 Year Old)
It will be totally find to wear in the rain, as Akubra waterproofs any new hat. Akubra uses specialised waterproofing before dispatching any hat to all customers. So you can be assured that your hat will hold in the rain or snow.
Older Akubra (1-20 years old):
If you wear your Akubra hat often or it is older then it is likely that the waterproofing would have worn off, exposing the fur felt to the elements. In this case you would expect that the water or snow will go into the felt causing it to become wet (and can affect the shape of the hat).
PLEASE NOTE: You are always able to take your hat to a dealer or contact Akubra directly to re waterproof your hat.
Do I need to waterproof my Akubra?
You do not need to waterproof your Akubra when you first purchase one, as Akubra does this for you. You will need to keep any eye on the felt as you wear it as the waterproofing effect will wear off over time.
If you are concerned about the waterproofing you can either take it to your dealership or scotch guarding is a option you can take if the waterproofing needs redoing.
Other Ways To Improve Your Akubra (apart from waterproofing)
1. Avoid Direct Sunlight
Exposing your Akubra to direct sunlight for extended periods of time can cause the hat to fade. If you plan on storing your hat for an extended period of time, be sure to keep it out of the sun.
2. Brush Your Hat Regularly
brushing your hat regularly will help keep it looking its best. Use a soft-bristled brush to make sure you do not damage the felt.
3. Clean Your Hat When Needed
If your hat becomes dirty, spot cleans it with a damp cloth and let it air dry. Do not place your hat in water or attempt to wash the whole thing at once as this can cause damage.
4. Store It Correctly
When you are not wearing your Akubra, be sure to store it in a cool, dry place. Do not fold the hat as this can damage the brim.
5. Get It Repaired If Needed
If your hat becomes damaged, take it to an Akubra dealer for repair. Do not attempt to fix the hat on your own as this may cause more harm than good.
What Do You Do When Your Felt Hat Gets Wet?
Here are things you can do to bring your wet hat back to life:
1.Allow it to Dry Naturally
If possible, allow your hat to dry naturally. Keep it in a warm, dry place while it is drying.
2.Use a Blow Dryer
If your hat cannot fully dry naturally, use a blow dryer on the cool setting to speed up the drying process. Keep the heat moving so you do not damage your hat.
3.Brush It Out
After your hat has dried, brush it with a horsehair brush to restore its natural shape.
4.Get It Steamed
If your hat still looks dented, take it to an Akubra dealer for steaming services. This can be expensive if done at home, but most dealers will steam the hat free of charge.
Precautions To Take While Drying Hats
The following steps are necessary when drying an Akubra, they will help to ensure that your hat is in the best possible condition when you put it back on:
1.Use a Hat Stand
If you have a hat stand, use it to dry your hat. This will keep the shape of the hat and help to avoid any damage to the brim.
2.Do Not Hang It Upside Down
When you hang your hat upside down, water collects in the crown of your hat instead of coming out of the brim. This can cause damage over time if left for too long.
3. Keep the Brim Pointed Down
If you are not using a hat stand, make sure you keep the brim pointed down so that water does not drip onto the crown of your hat.
4.Use a Hairdryer on Low Heat
If you are using a hairdryer to speed up the drying process, use it on low heat. High heat can damage the felt and cause your hat to shrink.
5.Air Dry It Completely
Make sure your hat is completely dry before you put it away. If there is any moisture left in the hat, it can cause mildew or rust to form over time.
Cleaning an Akubra Without Getting It Wet.
Cleaning an Akubra is not difficult, but it should be done regularly to keep the hat looking its best. Use a soft-bristled brush to remove any dirt or dust from the hat.
If the hat becomes wet, allow it to air dry before brushing. If any stains or marks occur, use a damp cloth to spot clean the affected area. Do not place the hat in water or attempt to wash it all at once as this can cause damage.
How do you waterproof an Akubra?
Waterproofing an Akubra is a process that should only be done by an Akubra dealer. The dealer will apply a waterproofing agent to the hat, which will help protect it from rain and snow.
If your hat becomes wet, you can also have the dealer re-apply the waterproofing agent to help restore its water resistance.