Eric, if you haven't already, check out Kevin's youtube videos. He's a lifelong hat salesman, now at JJ Hat Center in NYC. They are long, but entertaining. He has at least one on stiffening hats. The secret ingredient: hairspray. You can buy hat stiffener for a lot more money, but why bother?
On soaking a crown, I would work my way up to that. First steam, then try a very fine misting of water (distilled, always), then a more heavy misting, and so forth.
I'm no expert, that's just my intuition for a conservative approach.
Did you get and use your Jiffy cleaner?Excellent posts about your progress with the Jiffy Steamer. Inspired I ordered some Jiffy cleaner for mine. I use only distilled water, but my Jiffy Cleaner has started sputtering. Since entropy is real, I suspect time has built up some residue from my frequent uses. The steamer works, just has an occasional sputter.
Black flakes - some mineral residue. ?? If they disappear with cleaning - all good.
Before my crown blocks arrived, I successfully used a stainless steel cooking pot on the inside, small diameter, and worked the felt sides with a metal spoon on the outside. It worked mostly, but was a lot of effort. The crown blocks work much better. But now I can see that I need crown blocks in different sizes and even different tapers. Never ends!
I will stay tuned as I am curious to see your block set-up at work.
Cheers. Best, Eric -
Did you get and use your Jiffy cleaner?
Excellent, Eric. Thanks for the update. BTW, I saved my used cleaner, I will try re-using it, even though I bought the three bottle package. I poured the whole bottle in. My nozzle is new, so no issue there.Yes I did.
I have a J-1 cleaner. It had started some sputtering. Not an old unit, but I do use it.
The acid based liquid cleaner was advertised to remove deposits and mineral build up. Unplugged I poured about half the solution into the water cup area. This is where I normally put the plastic water jug on my steamer. I left it for 2 hours and rinsed the area thoroughly. I was picking the steamer up and pouring the cleaner and rinse water out. Many times. I rinsed away some discolored water and small particulate. Not much - but some.
I did take the hat nozzle off and soak in cleaner. Only for 20 minutes. This may have been the majority of my sputtering problem as particulate rinsed out. I attached the head carefully as any errors with this element and I am not sure how to recover. (Next time I will clean the hat nozzle first. I will not use as much cleaning fluid as I believe it was overkill.)
Works like new!
Cheers, Eric -
Excellent, Eric. Thanks for the update. BTW, I saved my used cleaner, I will try re-using it, even though I bought the three bottle package. I poured the whole bottle in. My nozzle is new, so no issue there.
A great benefit to finding another hatter here in Vancouver. We have met twice now to chat, exchange ideas, help each other out. Nice to some company in this endeavour. He has a different market than I so we truly do not compete.I have been experimenting with my Jiffy Steamer. With heavier felts in order to give better steam penetration/saturation I have been shrouding the felt in a heavy duty plastic garbage bag. Envelope the felt and tuck around the nozzle to limit steam escape. It works really well, almost akin to 'melting' the felt. It blocks much more easily.
Great score!Not sure I needed a second one, but it would be handy to have one at the other house. With a $15 winning bid and local pick-up, how could I not? Just need to get a hat nozzle.
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