With proper care and attention, and using the following guidelines, your new Rosehip hat will last a lifetime! I carefully select fabrics for their wearable colours, pleasing, textural hand, and visual interest. Equally important are fabrics with durable and sustainable qualities, and hand-construction methods that ensure longevity. All materials are pre-washed and shrunk prior to cutting (with the exception of silk).
Rosehip hats are all made with natural fibre contents: cotton, bamboo, hemp, linen, silk and wool. For more on these fibres, please see my post on Earth-loving Textiles.
- Most styles can be hand-washed, including cotton, hemp, linen, wool
- Some styles which are made entirely of silk or bamboo are dry-clean only.
- Vintage materials may also require dry-cleaning to ensure longevity.
Instructions for hand-washing & drying:
- Fill sink or small tub with lukewarm water (for cotton, hemp, linen) or cool water for wool
- Add a small amount of mild liquid soap to water
- Remove any non-washable trims – i.e.: silk sashes and hatpins. Most buttons, buckles, rosettes and hatbands are safe to leave on during laundering.
- Gently agitate hat for cotton, hemp, linen; minimal agitation for wool to prevent felting and further shrinkage.
- To remove tougher stains and dirt, leave hat to soak a little longer. DO NOT use a brush or harsh abrasive cleaning methods on fabric.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water and squeeze out moisture by rolling hat in a towel.
- Air dry with a towel inside the crown to help retain shape.
- Spot-cleaning is also an option, especially if it’s a small area on the hat that is soiled. The inside band (sweatband) of a light-coloured hat can be gently rubbed clean with a soft wet soapy towel, and rinsed directly on the area.
- After hand-washing, your hat will likely need a good steam press. Take time with this! It’s the final step in restoring your hat to its original shape.
- Use a steam iron on medium heat for wool and cotton, high heat for linen and hemp. A steam iron with ‘bursts’ of steam is particularly effective.
- To keep the shape of the crown while pressing, use an ironing ham if you have one, or substitute a rolled up towel inside.
- The brim can be placed directly onto the ironing board and steam-pressed back to shape. Lots of steam really works! As the brim cools, smooth and reshape with your hands.
- For wool fabrics, and ALL dark and black fabrics, it’s recommended to use a slightly damp press cloth between the iron and the hat fabric to avoid ‘glazing’.
- Easiest method of all – take your hat to the cleaners! A good option if it only requires cleaning on rare occasions.
- Check online for a service near you, ensuring ~
- they are confident in cleaning your hat, and
- they use professional dry-cleaning methods that are safe for the environment.
STORAGE and TRAVEL:
- While wearing a hat for sun protection is a smart idea, when your hat is not in use it’s also a smart idea to keep it out of prolonged direct sunlight. This will help to preserve the fibres and prevent colour loss.
- As all my fabrics are pre-washed, most ALL my hats are fine in wet weather, the exception being silk, which may ‘spot’. Wool is also naturally water-resistant. If your hat needs to dry when you get inside, it’s best to leave it flat on a table or rack with some plastic bags or a towel inside and let it air-dry. It may need some pressing after drying (find tips in the ‘Pressing’ section above).
- Store your seasonal hats in boxes to keep them free of dust and other particles in the air.
- For an everyday hat?… hang it on a hook or on a shelf near the door and you’ll never forget to go out the door without it!
- Rosehip hats are great for travels ‘near and far’. Most styles have features which allow rolling, folding and storing it away in a tote bag or backpack for easy access and without damage. Please see “Hat TRAVEL TIPS” .