The Hats Unlimited 4-Way Wooden Hat Stretcher and Maintainer is the ultimate in keeping your hat in perfect shape! By stretching and maintaining all 4 sides of the hat at once, the hat retains it's perfect look when compared to the oval shape you sometimes get from lesser hat stretchers. Not to say a 2-way stretcher wont get the job done, we sell them here: Hats Unlimited Hat Stretcher, this just does it better. We call it a maintainer as well because when you have a nice hat it is often prudent to put one of these inside when you're not wearing it to prevent the hat from the shrinking that may come from perspiration from your head or the humidity in the air. As a bonus, because it's made of wood, it will absorb that moisture keeping your hat clean.
Each 4-way stretcher comes with the following instructions included
How to Stretch Your Hat:
Never wear a hat that’s too tight again!
Keep your hat in its proper shape when not being worn. It will also prevent future shrinkage during hat storage. The absorbent wood helps dry out the hat band after it is worn so the moisture does not leave an odor behind.
This Hat Maintainer will help:
-Stretch a hat (up to .75 inches)
-Maintain your hat for storage
-Keep your hat in its proper shape while not being worn
-Prevent odor and staining of your band
How to store and maintain your hat when unworn:
Place your hat upside down on table. Put Hat Maintainer inside hat with logo facing upwards towards the front or back of your hat. Twist black center metal handle counter-clockwise until the Hat Stretcher is snug inside hat. Make sure the wooden part is on the area where your head rests on the inside of hat band. Do not over-tighten the Hat Stretcher. Tighten it so it has a similar pressure to when you wear your hat.
How to stretch your hat to a larger size hat:
Follow the steps for how to store your hat first! Then use steam on the inside of the hat around the hat band area. Do not be worried to saturate the area, this will loosen the material to be ready to be stretched (you can use steam from a boiling pot of water, or an iron on a steam setting). Make sure the wooden part is on the area where your head rests on the inside of hat band. Slowly twist the center handle until the hat is at desired larger size. Leave Hat Stretcher overnight to stretch and by the next day your hat should fi t perfectly! Repeat this step if necessary to stretch to a larger size. Try small increments first!
PLEASE NOTE YOU SHOULD ONLY STRETCH A HAT ¼ SIZE MAXIMUM. DO NOT OVERSTRETCH YOUR HAT.
Stretch your hat responsibly - Hats Unlimited is not responsible for damage from overstretching your hat.