9 Ways To Clean a Cotton Or Synthetic Baseball Hat
Cotton, cotton blend, and man-made materials such as nylon, acrylic, polyester, and jersey mesh take well to hand-washing.
1. Fill a Clean Sink or Container With Clean Water
Make sure the water temperature is cool to prevent the color from running or shrinking the fibers. If the hat is especially dirty, it’s fine to use slightly warm water. Do not use hot water as this can ruin the hat.
2.Add About a Tablespoon of Laundry Detergent
Use a non-bleach, mild detergent intended for clothes and mix it in the water. Stay away from dish soap or dishwasher detergents as they might contain ingredients that are either too harsh or not intended for fabric.
3. Treat Trouble Spots First
Sweat stains, body oils, and dirt can take their toll on hats. Dip a clean, soft-bristled brush (such as a toothbrush) in the detergent and use it to rub away any stains for spot-cleaning. If the stains are especially stubborn, try a stain remover. Apply the stain remover first in an inconspicuous spot — inside the hat near the sweatband is a good place — to make sure it doesn’t cause any discoloration.
4. Soak the Hat
Submerge the entire hat into the cool soapy water so that it gets completely wet. Let it soak for about three hours to allow the dirt to lift away. Check the hat every so often; if it needs more time, simply let it soak longer.
5. Rinse the Hat
Once the hat is done soaking, drain the water and place the hat under warm or cool running water. Again, do not use hot water. Rinse away the soap and gently squeeze any areas that are dripping.
6. Remove Excess Water
Wrap the cap in a clean towel and gently pat down the hat so that it’s damp, not dripping.
7. Air Dry
It’s always best to let your hat air dry to maintain its shape, color, and structure. You can place the cap on a hat form, small ball, or stuffed with a balled-up towel to help keep the shape. Be sure to let the hat dry way from direct sunlight to avoid fading. You can also just wear the hat as it dries so that it conforms to your head.
While not recommended if you are concerned about unwanted stretching, blow drying the hat can save you time. Just remember to dry it on the low-heat or cold-air setting so that the hat’s structure and size isn’t compromised. If you want to stretch your hat, consult our guide on how to stretch a hat for more information on the process.
9, Find a Cap Carrier
The best way to protect the baseball cap from dirty, choose a Cap Carrier, it can help to protect the baseball cap well when you are travelling or outdoor.