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Hat FAQs

General Frequently Asked Questions About Hat Care

Taking good care of your hats keeps them looking nice and wearable for years. Learn good hat care techniques with the following list of general frequently asked about hat care. Still have questions? Contact us here or by calling 1-800-382-8473.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I clean my straw hat?
2. How can I extend the life of my straw hat?
3. How do I clean my Solarweave hat?
4. What should I do if I get caught in the rain wearing my hat?
5. What's the best way to store my hat?
6. How do I clean my baseball hat?


1. How do I clean my straw hat?
To remove surface dirt from a straw hat, you should gently wipe it down with a damp cloth or hat sponge. To keep the sweatband dry of perspiration or hair-care products, occasionally turn the sweatband down to dry, allowing sweat and hair oil to evaporate and not soak into the straw.


2. How can I extend the life of my straw hat?
Keep it away from extended periods of time in the sun because it will dry out the straw and could cause breakage. To keep a straw hat pliant, you can spritz it with a light mist of water once a week to prevent dryness; however, you want to avoid being out in the rain with your straw hat.


3. How do I clean my Solarweave hat?
You should hand wash the Solarweave hat with a mild detergent in lukewarm or even cool water, gently wiping off the dirt with a cloth or sponge. The hat should then be line dried or allowed to dry naturally, being careful to keep it away from any heat source.


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4. What should I do if I get caught in the rain wearing my hat?
You will want to line dry or just air dry your hat, keeping it away from any heat source. You may want to dry it on top of an old coffee can or on a racked fitted for the hat, but you certainly don't want to put it in the clothes dryer. Even if your hat is meant to be worn in the rain, you will want to dry it thoroughly before the next time you wear it.


5. What's the best way to store my hat?
The best place to store your hat is in a hat box, but if you wear your hat frequently you can store it on a hat rack. A cowboy or fedora-styled hat should be stored upside down on its crown to help keep its shape. You should always avoid handling your hat by the crown; if your hands are dirty or oily they will leave spots and potentially stain the hat.


6. How do I clean my baseball hat?
One of the best ways to clean your baseball-style hat is in the dishwasher. No kidding. Secure the cap with several clothespins on the top rack of the washer and use the normal amount of dishwasher detergent; run it through a regular wash and rinse cycle but be sure to remove the hat before the drying cycle. Another option is to place it in a plastic baseball cap form and wash it in a washing machine on a regular cycle. Allow the hat to air dry either in the form or atop a coffee can so it will retain its shape.


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