In summer, most of us often wear straw hats because it has good breathability. Straw hats can be divided into the wide-brimmed hat and the straw bucket hat. But straw hats are also more easily crushed than other hats, especially when traveling. You may not want to wear a straw hat when it’s out of shape. In fact, it’s easy to restore its shape. Here are a few tips on how to restore a straw hat.
Firstly, you need to try steaming or wetting the hat. The most common way to steam straw hats is to use a steamer or an iron. Let the steam wrap around the brim of the hat to loosen the synthetic fibers. The steam will help the hat recover its natural shape. If you don’t have a steamer, you can use steam from a pot of hot water.
If the steam appears too saturated on the hat, stop for a few minutes before restarting the hat. Make sure steam all around the brim. Keep the steam at a distance away from the straw hat so the steam won’t damage it or hurt your hands. After steaming around the brim, place the steam throughout the inside of the crown. The steam will start popping out of the indentation of the hat.
Continue steaming until the hat is damp when you touch it. Don’t worry about the hat getting too much moisture on it because the moisture will help straighten it out. Shape the hat with your fingers. After you wet it or when you are steaming your hat, push everything back to its original position and continuously mold the straw by your hands throughout the steaming process.
Use your fingers to pull the fibers apart as you mold the hat. You can also reshape a hat with a spoon instead of your fingers during the steaming process. After you have steamed the hat, place folded towels or other clothes, such as socks, underwear or T-shirt inside the hat. This will further help restore the shape of its crown.
Secondly, if steaming your hat doesn’t work, you may want to wet it. This method is especially useful on a squished straw hat brim. The easiest way to wet your hat is to spray it with water. The moisture will make the straw more pliable and you can reshape the brim with your fingers. If this does not work, you may need to dip the crown of your hat into warm water. The hat should not be too dry or too wet, as this can cause the hat to break. Thus, make sure it’s evenly moist.
After wetting the hat, you also need to mold it back into its shape with your fingers. Then, let the hat dry naturally. If the hat does not regain its perfect shape, repeat the steaming or wetting process. That depends on the hat itself and the degree of damage. Some hats only need to steam or wet once, but others may need to go through the process once again. It is better to steam the hat for once if possible, as the steaming for a second time will damage your hat.