Proper handling will extend the life of your hat.
Touch the hat with dirty, oily hands or gloves.There is no quicker way to ruin your hat.
Pick up the hat from underneath by both the front and back brim to maintain the shape and set of the brim. Resting a hat when not on your head on a hat stand or block will make this operation easier.
Resting your hat on any flat surface, especially if it has a snap brim.