If your hat is stained, a leather dressing can be applied to the outside of the hat. The leather dressing will darken the hat, mask the stain, and make the hat more waterproof. If you're just removing a small mark on the hat, sometimes rubbing the area firmly with your thumb can erase the mark. Also, you can try chalk that is a similar color to the hat. This can soak up an oil mark. Afterwards, rub the chalk off the hat.
I bought a handmade-rawhide hat at a bait shop in 1991f or $2 – no joke. I wore it to camp and fish etc. However, I wore it kayaking with my son this past summer and ruined it. I had worn it boating and swimming before and after getting wet it always kept it shape. Not this time. I dunked it in the water to cool my head and the thing shriveled like a raisin. Though it got little use I loved that stupid hat.
As Christmas was approaching, and my daughter needed a gift idea for me, I remembered the raisin. Internet searching led me to Conner Hats. The Aussie hats I saw were the same style as my rawhide. Needless to say I got the Kangaroo Crossing on Christmas morning and instantly fell in love with it. As soon as I unwrapped it I was hit with the awesome leather smell. The size is right on to the chart. The quality is better than any hat I have seen anywhere near the price of this hat. It fits well and is very rugged and sturdy, but crushable. This hat is going to be with me on every outdoors trip and Caribbean vacation. I can’t wait.
Side note. My son took a liking to bucket hats the past 3 years. While looking for my hat I saw the bucket hats on the web site. I surprised him with the Dusty Road and he loves his hat as well.