Straw hats can be spot-cleaned with a damp cloth. We recommend using plant-based soaps because regular detergents can be toxic to our waterways.
Always let your hat dry naturally. If your hat gets out of shape, you can use steam from a tea kettle to reshape it. Hold the hat in the steam and allow it to soften. You can then reshape your hat to its original shape and then let it cool down before wearing. Always place a hat upside down on its crown if you do not have a hat rack for storage.
Many of our straw hats come with a wire in the brim so you can shape the hat to match your style. With a little practice you can reshape your hat brim easily. Western styles are generally worn with the brim turned up on the sides and Australian style hats look great with a dip in the front and the back.
I rarely wear hats but sun protection has become very important to me as I get older. I was looking for a quality hat that would be functional with a chin strap yet not look like a typical (geeky) hiker. Wore this around in Hawaii casually and while hiking. I added a ball-spring to the chin strap for adjustability, I highly recommend that this is added to the design for future buyers. Hat did get wet and sometimes crushed but I made sure to reshape it asap, seems sturdy so far!