Most people like to wear a straw bucket hat in summer while you may not know how to clean a straw bucket hat, especially when your bucket hat has any ribbon or trim. Following I will give you some tips for cleaning a straw bucket hat.
For many straw hats, they have some accessories for decorations, such as ribbons and trim, so you must remove them before cleaning. It is best to clean them separately by dusting or hand washing. You can use a bit of steam or cool iron to refresh them. Maybe there is glue residue on the hat after the trim is removed, while remember that it will be covered when the trim is replaced.
If your hat has a veil that cannot be removed, you can use an iron or a clothes steamer or just a pot of boiling water to gently reshape a crushed veil. Do not over-iron it. Otherwise, it will damage the shape of the hat. If you want the veil to be stiff and stay away from your face, iron it with a medium setting between two sheets of waxed paper. Tiny amounts of wax are transferred to the veil in order to make it look fresh.
Whether you wear a natural hand-made straw hat or a straw hat made of synthetic fibers, you should wipe away the dust and dirt from the hat by using a clean wet cloth. Do not use a colored cloth because the dye may transfer to the hat.
If your hats get oily stains, sprinkle the stain with cornstarch or talcum powder to absorb the oil. Leave it there for a few hours and then brush or vacuum it.
To remove your sweat stains, wipe the area with a clean white cloth as soon as possible after wearing it to prevent the salts and oils of your body from staining the straw hat. Use a soft-bristled brush, such as an old toothbrush soaked in cleaning fluid, and work in a small area, only 1-2 inches at a time. When you clean your hat, you can use a white towel dampened with water to absorb the moisture. Allow the hat to dry completely then you can wear it again.
For hat wearers, sweat, make-up, lotions and hair often seep into your straw. To prevent them from seeping into the straw, you should turn the sweatband downward to make it dry out. If you hat with leather sweatband gets stain on it, you can sprinkle it with cornstarch or talcum powder to absorb moisture.
Store straw bucket hats in a cool and dry place and keep them in a good condition. Bucket hats usually can be crushed and their brims also can be rolled up or down. If the brim is curved, place the hat upside down in the hat box to prevent the hat from deforming and to keep out of dust. Alternatively, use the hat rack or a hat stand to hang your hats onto it.