How to Handle a Hat

Careful handling of your hat will ensure many years quality life. Some hats can be quite tricky to clean so it’s best to try not to get them dirty in the first place. Try not to touch your hat with dirty or oily hands. There is no quicker way to potentially ruin the finish of your hat. If you have a nice brimmed hat, usually it is best to pick up your hat from underneath by both the front and back brim to maintain the shape and set of the brim.

Avoid resting your hat on flat surfaces, especially if it has a snap brim. To preserve the pitch of the brim, the lower front of the brim should hang over the edge of any surface it is resting on. Hats with a straight brim are fine resting on a tabletop, but if you want to maintain the shape of the crown, stuff the inside with lots of tissue paper to fill it out. Or you can rest a trilby style upside down to protect the brim.

Hats with a straight brim are fine resting on a tabletop, but if you want to maintain the shape of the crown, you can also stuff the inside with lots of tissue paper to fill it out.

A straw hat is fairly delicate, so try not to handle it by its crown. The natural oils in our hands can dry out straw and when the straw dries it can sometimes becomes brittle and more susceptible to cracking. Therefore you should try to handle a straw hat by its brim or from the inside. The oils will still affect straw in the brim, but the brim is much easier to clean and much less likely a spot for cracking to occur.

If it does get dirty then we have some advice about how to clean your hat.