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 by machine prior to cutting. (the exception is dupioni silk which loses its crisp and sheen with regular washing)
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.
Instructions for hand-washing & drying:
- Fill a 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’.
- The 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 that they are confident in cleaning your hat, and 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 that allow rolling, folding, and storing it away in a tote bag or backpack for easy access and without damage. Please see “Hat TRAVEL TIPS”.