Panama Hat require some basic care to preserve their shape, crown and brim
- A Panama hat must be kept in a cool and dry place when not worn, it is advisable to store it in a case of its own, like a special balsa wood box for straw hats (available on demand).
- Avoid contact with water. In case of water contact, let the Panama rest for as long as it is necessary for it to dry completely.
- Prolonged exposure to water and humidity deform and damage Panama hats.
- Do not keep Panama hats folded in bags, suitcases or boxes for longer than 48 hours. It is best to store them in balsa wood boxes, hang them, or just wear them.
- Avoid hanging a Panama hat always on the same side and/or applying too much pressure on it, in time, the straw could become damaged. The most vulnerable part is the crown, which is a natural although fragile part on which to hang a Panama hat.
- The “Toquilla Straw” is an organic material that requires some level of humidity to keep its flexibility. Thus, although it can’t stand excessive humidity, it is not advisable to leave it under the sun or in a closed room for prolonged periods of time.
- If the brim is lifted, a way to restore the original shape is to use a steam iron gently, protecting the hat with a cloth.
- If the brim is flattened, it is necessary to require the assistance of a specialist to fix the hat so that it won’t lose its characteristic original shape.
- If the hat gets dirty or stained, a good way to clean it is by using a pencil eraser. Never use water or alcohol.
- For stubborn stains we recommend using wet wipes for the face or for children to slowly remove them. Any inadequate chemical product tends to ruin the toquilla straw.