Straw hats are one of the most popular hats out there. Many people love them because of their versatility, and the summer feel they have. Straw hats are easy to get, cheap, versatile, as we said, and lightweight. But, they do have one downside. They can be damaged pretty easily. Straw is very sensitive. Therefore, straw hats are delicate too. If you don’t take good care of them, they won’t last even through the summer.
What often happens to straw hats is that they lose their original shape. This can happen in various ways. If you sit on them, fold them, or keep them in an unnatural position for a long time. This is a common issue for most straw hat lovers, and we can guarantee that everyone faced this at least once.
But, every common problem has a solution. In this article, we’ll see how to deal with straw hats, and we’ll offer some of the best DIY practices to save your hat from going to the bin. For all methods we’ll cover, you pretty much won’t need anything apart from what you currently have in your home. So, let’s see what can be done.
Steam the Hat
Heat and straw don’t go well with each other. But, in a controlled setting, some heat can help you out if you want to put your hat in its original state. To do this, you’ll need some steam. There are several ways which you can utilize to create steam, and those are :
- Steaming water
We guess that you probably don’t have a steamer – it’s a device specifically made for creating steam. If that’s the case, you can use your irons steam mode or heat some water until it becomes steamy. The logic behind this is simple. The steam will make the fibers loosen up and easy to manipulate. After they are in such a condition, you can easily return them to their original state. Just be gentle, since you can damage the material pretty easily. When you shape your hat the way you want it to be, leave it for a few hours to cool down. The straw will harden and stay the way you placed it.
Roll Up a Towel
The idea behind this is that the towel can mimic your head. If your straw hat is misshapen, another way to put it back in place is to return it to its original head-wearing state. To do that, you need to stretch it according to the size of your head. Since it isn’t practical to wear the hat on your head for the time necessary to strengthen it, people found a way to bypass this issue.
Take a towel and roll it up for it to look like a sausage. After that, place the towel inside the hat for it to mimic your head. It’s a good idea to steam the hat before you do any of this, as the fabric will be more prone to manipulating. You don’t even have to steam it, use regular water to add some moisture. It will add a similar effect.
After you placed the towel inside, let the hat stay like that for a while. Again, after it cools down, remove the towel from the inside, and what you should have is a straw hat that looks as good as new. Kudos to you!
To Sum Up
Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll know that it isn’t so hard to put a hat back in place to end this little adventure. And, if something like that happens to you, don’t feel upset. There’s a solution for everything!