Wrap a flexible measuring tape around the circumference of your head, just above the ears. Make sure at the back that the tape lies on the occipital bone (the bump at the base of the head) and wraps around to the middle of the forehead. It is important not to pull the measuring tape too tight. It should be snug but offer some allowance for a comfortable fit.
The second measurement needed is from the top of one ear, across the top of the head, to the top of the other ear.
A hat’s life is prolonged with proper storage. When storing a hat, it’s important to care for its shape. Place it in a box or on a shelf, a place where items will not be placed on top of it. Don’t store hats in direct sunlight. It will bleach colours, as well as making straw brittle and susceptible to damage.
Cleaning Straw Hats
Use a soft bristle brush to remove dust. Then, use a damp cloth to remove dirt or marks that may occur from regular wear. For oily stains, add a touch of cornstarch, leave for a few hours, and then brush away.
Cleaning Felt Hats
Use a soft bristle brush to remove any dust or lint. A wet cloth can be used to spot clean.
For both felt and straw, if your hat gets wet, set it aside and allow it to dry completely. Try to provide an absorbent or waterproof form to help it maintain its shape while drying.