Here are a couple of truths about African juju hats:
- Juju hats are beautiful
- They can instantly enliven any space
- They do get dirty
Juju hats are not high-maintenance home accessories in the sense that they need TLC all the time. However, they’re also not a hang-and-forget type of home accessory. The accumulation of dust will affect the quality of your juju hat, especially the feathers.
To keep them in tip-top shape, juju hats need to be cleaned from time to time. Fortunately, they are easy to clean, especially with the use of these cleaning tools.
Soft Bristle Brush
For juju hats that are placed in an area where they don’t gather that much dust, cleaning them once a month should be enough. Otherwise, bi-weekly cleaning is needed. A soft bristle brush works well especially in cleaning the feathers.
When you brush the feathers, it’s important to support the back with your palm to prevent them from breaking. Gently brush the feathers towards the direction of the vane, and not against this. This will ensure that they will retain their shape. Once you’re done with the feathers, dust the base and the center of your juju hat with the brush using gentle strokes.
Dry microfiber cloth
Microfiber cloths can cut your cleaning time in half because they are much better in attracting dust, pet hairs, and other particles. Again, place the feathers on the palm of your hand as you gently wipe the dust off with the microfiber cloth.
As an alternative, take your juju hat down and place it on the table before wiping it. The table will act as a support to the feathers as you gently press down while you wipe. We’re placing emphasis on the feathers because this is the most delicate part of a juju hat. Extra care must be given to those. But don’t forget to wipe all areas of your juju hat, too.
Avoid pre-soaking the cloth in water to get the dirt out of the juju hat further. There’s no need to do that. The dry version is enough to get the job done.
Hair dryer on low, cold air setting
This is a good way to get the dust off as well as debris and insects that might have been hiding inside the feathers. However, do take caution when using this as a way to get the dust out of your African juju hat.
Here’s how to safely do it:
- Use the lowest setting possible
- Check the strength of the airflow first before using it
- Make sure that the blow dryer is 5 to 10 inches away from the juju hat
- Gently move the hair dryer from side to side as you go
You don’t need to use the cleaning tools mentioned above all at once. Just pick one that will work best for you. There are other cleaning tools that you can use for your juju hat, but the three that we mentioned above are enough to get the dust out. Just make sure that you clean them from time to time to avoid problems later on.