You can remove excess dirt and dust by using a hat brush to remove any surface accumulation.
Fur felt hats and many types of straw are naturally water-repellent. Most of our wool felt hats also carry a trademarked brand ensuring water-repellency, as indicated in product descriptions. Water-repellent hats will keep your head dry in a light rain shower or drizzle but should not be expected to survive a serious downpour.
When handling your hat, particularly a straw hat, be sure to hold and handle it by the brim rather than the crown. Repetitious handling of the crown of a hat will cause unwanted creasing, shape change and, inevitably, cracking of a straw crown. It is wise to use both hands for proper placement and care of the hat. For serious protection from the elements, please refer to our "rain hats" section for women or "all-weather" section for men