Storing a Hat
Place your hat upside down on its crown, not the brim, on a flat surface. It will flatten out and change shape if you leave it on its brim.
You can also use a hat rack or a peg to hang your hat. Make sure the peg or hook is big enough so the hat doesn't dimple. Cut a slit in a tennis ball and slip it over the hook to create a wider platform if your hook is too sharp. If you leave your hat on a peg for an extended period of time, the force of gravity pulling on it will cause it to lose its shape.
If you're going to keep your hat for a long time, it's best to store it in a hat box that supports both the brim and the crown. Heat and moisture can both damage your hat, so keep the box in a cool, dry place. However, moths will try to eat your topper, so use lavender or cedar (a good, manly scent) to keep them away.
Cleaning a Hat
Loose dirt: if you feel like your hat is looking tired and dirty, use a brush. A soft shoeshine brush can do the trick or you can buy brushes that especially made for hats.
Dust: Using a damp cloth, wipe the surface.
Hair and fuzz: If your hat is covered in pet hair or fuzz, use a piece of tape to gently wipe it down. Wrap it around your fingers with the sticky side facing out and gently sweep it across the hat.
Smudges and stains: To remove a stain from a felt hat, apply a gum eraser or a rubber sponge (similar to a make-up sponge) to the mark or smudge. There are also sponges made specifically for hats, as well as dry cleaning sponges.
Never leave your hat in your hot car
Heat and sunlight can cause your hat to dry out, fade, and shrink. As a result, don't leave it on your dashboard, trunk, or in front of a window at home.
Allow time for wet hats to air dry.
Allow your hat to dry naturally if you get caught in a rainstorm; artificial heat from a hair dryer or heater can distort or shrink the hat. To avoid flat spots on the crown, remove the sweatband and place the hat on its brim on a towel. Shape the hat to its proper shape; a wet hat will dry in the same shape as you left it.