Straw hats are very lightweight and have good ability for ventilation so that most people like wearing them to go to the beaches, gardens or parks in the hot summer. The straw hat may not as good as other sun hats that can completely cover your whole head and protect you from getting sunburned. But they are fashionable and favored by many people. For young girls, they are very fond of straw hats because these hats add some chic vibe to their outfits.
For those people who like wearing a straw hat, keep your straw hat looking fresh is not an easy thing. If you want to use a straw hat in extended time and keep it new as much as possible, you should take care of your straw hats. Following we have gathered some tips for keeping your straw hats.
The first thing you should pay attention to is to keep your straw hats as dry as possible. The storage place of your hats can be anywhere, but the climate will influence your option for a place. If you put your hats in a dry place, you should check it frequently in case the weather stiffens the straw and even damages to your hats. To avoid this, you can use an iron with steam or put a pot of hot water to moisten the hat and make it smooth.
Straw hats cannot be stored in humid condition, or they will rot and mold. Thus, they cannot be worn in the rainy day. Otherwise, the straw hat will be deformed and swell. If your hat gets wet, do not dry it on a direct sunlight or heat. You should shake the water off and use a clean white cloth to wipe away the moisture from the hat, and then let it dry naturally. If the hat has a curved brim, like a bucket straw hat, do not dry on a flat surface as the brim will become misshapen.
Do not place the hat in your car or in a very hot place, as this will dry out the straw or melt the straw and cause it to become fragile and deformed. Always handle the hat by the brim with clean hands, instead of the crown. This area is the most delicate part that is easy to be damaged.
In order to keep your straw hats as new as the day you bought it, you should store it in a dark closet or a hat box. These two ways are very suitable for storing straw hats. Because straw hats have many mesh holes for ventilation, so that it may accumulate dust in the fabric. A hat box with a lid can be useful to keep your straw hats clean. If you don’t have hat boxes, you can use a shoebox to replace, as long as it is wide and large enough to hold your hats.
If you straw hat lose its shape, you can recover its shape easily. To recover it, you can place the crown on the steam and press it with your hands to help recover its shape.