How To Restore Your Favorite Straw Hat

Straw Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Scala Hand Crocheted Raffia Summer Hat - The Lifeguard HatIf you’re scrounging around in the closet for your favorite straw hat to wear in the garden this year, only to come up with it battered and squished beyond recognition, don’t give up all hope.

As long as the straw’s not been completely dried and cracked by being placed in direct sun or too close to a direct source of heat, a good dose of steam should do the trick. Simply hold the straw hat (by its brim) over a pot or kettle of boiling water, and move it through the steam at a constant rate.

Use your hands (which you of course covered with oven mitts prior to the steaming process) to gently reshape the slightly dampened hat, then let it dry naturally on a hat stand–no hair dryers, no heaters, no direct sun.

There! Nearly good as new. As soon as those of you who missed the oven mitts bit get your hands treated at emergency, you’ll all be ready for the garden, in your favorite straw hat.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
aka Lobster Hands and
CEO Hartford York

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