Is Spring coming? Here in Idaho, we just aren't sure yet.
Let's just throw out a few positive thoughts about Spring time sunshine and warmer days ahead. As March rolls in, we usually start putting up that fancy felt cowboy hat and bringing out our straw hats, (if your like me, this is plural) We tend to go through a couple straw hats. I keep one for working (when I'm hauling cattle) and one when I'm at nicer events or shows.
So as we put those felts away, here are a few tips to keep them nice and comfortable until Fall rolls around.
It's best to place your hat in a hat box in a cool, dry area, but if you don't have one handy, then your next bet is to either lay your hat upside down on it's crown in a safe place (I keep mine on the top of a cabinet), or hang it on a hat rack or peg. Make sure the hook is wide enough to not create dimples in the hat.
Both laying your hat on it's crown or hanging it on a rack for long periods of time can tweak the shape of the crown or brim. So like I said, a hat box is the best bet.
For loose dirt, take a horsehair brush or hat sponge to it. Make sure to use a brush with the same color of bristles as the hat, (black for black hat, light for white hats).
Spring time tip: If you find yourself caught in a rainstorm and your hat becomes soaked, allow it to dry naturally. Using a dryer or heater can distort or shrink the hat. Turn the sweatband out and place the hat on it's brim. Shape the hat to it's form; a wet hat will dry in the shape you leave it.