Some hats are practical hats while others are fashionable. Whether it’s structured or not, learn how to care for different types of hats to keep them look as good as new. The first step to clean your hat is to start with the sweatband, the area which most likely to get dirty by sweat, body oil, makeup, and hair products. For hats with trims or ribbons, you need to remove them before cleaning, and then clean with blends of mild detergent and water with a soft bristle brush. Next, we will introduce some care methods for different types of hats. I hope that would help solve your problems about caring your hats.
Baseball caps are usually made of cotton twill or polyester. These fabrics are durable and usually colorfast. These materials can be washed without deformation. To clean these hats, you can start by pretreating particularly dirty areas, such as sweatbands with a spray or gel stain remover.
Use a soft bristle brush to clean the heavier stains. Soak it for fifteen minutes before cleaning if there are heavier stains on it. Soak it to remove some body oil and sweat from your hat. Don’t use chlorine bleach even on white baseball caps. If the cap looks dull and you want it to be white or bright, mix the oxygen-containing bleach with a solution of warm water. Submerge the hat completely in water and let it soak for at least four hours or overnight. Then rinse the foam and let it dry at room temperature.
Fabric & Straw Hats
Hats can be made of natural or synthetic straw or fabrics such as felt, brocade or velvet. For example, the bucket hat can be made of straw, cotton or velvet and more. To keep your hat looking its best, use a soft bristle brush or lint roller to remove dust and lint. Slowly brush the hat and take care not to crush any decorative accessories. If your hats have decorations, remove them before brushing it. If the decorations cannot be removed, you can use a cool air blower to remove dust from the decorations and intricate areas. Sprinkle cornstarch or talcum powder if there are oily stains. Allow it to sit for a few hours, and then brush away with a soft brush. If your hat gets wet in the rain, shake off excess water. Stuff the hat with tissue paper or clean white cotton cloths to keep its shape. Change the stuffing every few hours to speed up the drying process. Let your hat stay away from direct heat or sunlight. Make sure the hat is completely dry before storage.
Fedoras & Flat Hats
For fedoras and flat hats, the first step is to remove dust with a soft bristle brush. You can also use a lint roller to remove fluff and dust. Make sure to brush it gentle without damaging the hat. If you sweat a lot while wearing a hat, you should carefully wipe the inside and outside of the hat with a damp cloth to remove excess body salts.