Cowboy Straw & Felt Hat Information

Hat Care Tips

When handling a hat, never grab it by the crown. Many people make the mistake of doing this as they grab the hat and flip it on their head and adjust it. The proper way would be to handle the hat by its brim and adjust it properly by the front and back of the brim. Always be sure before handling a hat, your hands (especially your fingertips) are clean of excess oil, dust, or dirt.

The best and most secure place to store your hat is on your head. When the hat is not comfortably on your head: 1.) Store it upside down with its original packaging inside its original box. 2.) Store it upside down on its crown or 3.) Store it right side up on a proper hat stand. Never store your hat right side up on its brim. This will cause the brim to warp and misshape. If this happens you will have to get it reshaped with a steamer by a professional.

The more you wear your hat, the more comfortable it will feel. This is because a well made hat will conform to the shape of your head. For this reason, you never want to leave your hat near a heat source. This will cause the sweat band to contract and actually shrinking the size of your hat. In some severe cases, it may even become too small for you to wear. (Example: Never leave your hat inside a hot car, inside a garage or closet that is apt to getting hot.)

If and when your hat gets wet during a rainy day, carefully even out and round out the dents and creases to get it as even and round as possible. Also, turn up the brim if it has been turned down. Then carefully turn the sweatband to the outside and sit your hat right side up on the sweatband. Let your hat dry slowly. Do not try to speed up the drying process by putting it in an oven or using a blow-dryer. Excess heat will cause your hatís sweatband to shrink. Once dried, carefully reform the creases to its original shape.


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