The fine toquilla straw hats are made by hand in Ecuador. This accessory is gaining strength every day in the world of fashion, being used by young people and adults, by people from the countryside and the city.
Many tourists who visit Ecuador acquire this craft with the aim of immortalizing their visit. If you have a straw hat and you want to extend the time of use and keep it as new, pay attention to the following tips.
Remember that the true toquilla straw hats are made with natural straw, for this reason their care is special.
We all wonder, what is the ideal place to store our straw hat and prevent it from getting damaged?
The place can be any, the most important is the climate where the hat is. If your hat is in a dry climate, you have to check it frequently, dry weather can stiffen the straw, causing it to break.
To avoid this you can moisten it with steam, put a pot of water to boil, when the water is boiling it will vote steam, That's when you put your hat on top of the pot, managing to moisten it and the hat will gain flexibility.
Straw Hats are not stored in humid climates. Straw being a natural product, when it is found in a damp place, it can rot or mold may appear.
Try to avoid getting your straw hat wet. Remember that moisture can cause the straw to rot.
Straw hats are not impervious to rain, prevents it getting wet because the straw can swell and the hat can be deformed.
If one day your hat gets wet, do not make the mistake of placing it on a direct heat source or drying it with a blow dryer, this can dry the straw and make it brittle.
If your hat gets wet what you should do is the following. Take a clean cloth, try to absorb the water from the hat, and then let it dry naturally, without using hair dryers or heating.
If you are a person who frequently use your straw hat, but you are noticing that each day loses its form, This may be due to the way you grab it.
When you put on and take off your hat, try to grab it by the wings and avoid grabbing it or bending it from the front, This area is the most delicate and with the passage of time if you are not careful the straw can break.
If your straw hat has lost its shape do not throw it away, recover its shape is very easy.
To give the crown shape, you just need to boil water in a pot, once the water is boiling, place the crown in the steam and with your hands helps to shape it.
To shape the wings, you only need a flat iron and a slightly wet cloth or handkerchief. Place the handkerchief on the wings of the hat and with medium temperature begin to iron the wings, Be careful because direct contact between both can damage your hat.
If by mistake or neglect your toquilla straw hat is stained, do not be afraid this little problem has a solution.
What we are going to use is only a clean cloth and a little mild soap, if it is baby soap, much better, what we will do is gently rub the hat with a damp cloth and soap until the stain is removed, Once the stain has been removed, clean it with a clean, slightly damp cloth.
If you want to keep your hat clean and dust it off, just use a dry cloth or sponge and gently sweep it over your hat.
I hope these tips will help you, and you can wear your straw hat for a long time. If you have any questions do not hesitate to leave it in the comments.