Panama hats are made of straw so they are durable but care does need to be taken to ensure their long life. Always handle your hat by the brim, don’t pinch the crown (although it is tempting!) as this may lead to cracking and breaking of the straw.
Avoid getting your hat wet. If a mishap does occur, let your hat dry thoroughly.
To remove small marks try a pencil eraser first. If that doesn’t work, use a damp cloth or a little soapy water. Baby wipes can also be effective. With all cleaning methods on coloured hats, test on an inconspicuous part of the hat first as colour may fade with cleaning. Take care not to get your hat too wet as it may lose shape. Avoid chemicals or too much water.
If your hat loses shape for any reason you can easily steam it back into shape. You can use the steam function on your iron or hold over boiling water (please take care while doing this). Gently mould the hat back to the desired shape and hold in shape until the hat dries completely. You can also take your hat to a milliner for re-shaping.
Felt hats can be wiped with a damp cloth and the surface refreshed with steam. Again, take care not to lose the shape of your hat. You can remove lint with a small piece of sticky tape or gently brush with a lint brush.
Try to avoid keeping your hat rolled or folded for more than 48 hours. Store your hat away from damp and preferably in a box when not in use.
How packable is "packable"?
San Francisco Hat Co design the best hats for travel and leisure, for sun and weather protection when and where you need it. Most hats are packable, whether crushable, rollable or foldable.
Many styles are designed to fold in half and then roll or to gently fold and store. There is a thin plastic wire into the brim edge of many of the hats so that the brim wants to come back to round after packing. Generally, the slight distressing of a packed hat enhances its character. Always pack into luggage gently.