Cleaning Your Panama Hat

Taking Care of your Hat

  • Do not expose your hat into rain or other contact with water. The toquilla straw absorbs water like a sponge and when dried out it may leave a stain and the straw in a weak condition.
  • Do not leave your hat exposed to the sun in the back of your car, next to a window or in any other closed  atmosphere. Panama Hats need a little humidity to maintain the straw in good conditions and if you leave the hat in a warm area with no ventilation then the straws of your hat may dry up too quickly and turn breakable with time.
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Handle your hat softly and do not put too much pressure because the areas that you handle the most become vulnerable with time, specially the tip of the crown of the Fedoras which is the favorite part for grabbing the hat. handling

Cleaning your Panama Hat


Under any circumstance use soap and water to clean your hat. If your hat gets dirty first try removing any mark by lightly rubbing it with a dry cloth but if not successful, try cleaning it with a moist facial or baby wipe that should remove most marks.

Reshaping your Panama Hat

If your hat has lost its shape for some reason, you can be steamed it on the hot water while in shape it with your hands, boiled, to recover the original shape. As long as you use the cloth during and protect it, if you need to change the shape of the collar, there is a possibility that iron.


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