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How to wash a cap from baseball cap to snapback

Read on for our easy to follow step by step guide for how to wash a cap from snapback to baseball cap.

Updated Reading Time: 5 minutesBy Cleanipedia Team

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Like any other item of clothing, baseball caps and snapbacks need regular washing, especially in the sweaty summer months. Here you can find a step-by-step guide for how to wash a snapback or baseball cap, as well as the dos and don’ts of doing so.

Can you wash baseball caps? The dos and don’ts of giving your cap a wash

Before we provide a step-by-step guide for how to wash a baseball cap or snapback, we have a few dos and don’ts you need to know:

  • DO hand wash a cap. This will help you retain the colour and shape of your hat. For a quick clean, use a dry wash which will provide you with instant freshness.

  • DO let your cap air-dry. Always pop it on top of a container such as a jam or coffee jar to allow it to keep its shape.

  • DON’T use the dishwasher. Despite the myth that the top rack is safe, dishwasher detergents often include bleach, plus the dishwasher uses a high heat. Both of these factors can damage the cap.

  • DON’T use bleach. This can cause the colours in your cap to fade.

  • DON’T use the washing machine or tumble dryer. This could lead to a change in your cap’s shape.

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  • Sink
  • Soft bristled brush
  • Clean toothbrush
  • Towel
  • Coffee or jam jar
  • Detergent
  • Water
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How to wash a cap: Your 6 step guide for how to clean a baseball cap or snapback

Now you know the dos and don'ts, you'll want to know how to wash a baseball cap or snapback. Read on for our six easy steps which will show you how to clean a cap with ease.

  1. Fill a container with warm water.

    You could use a bucket or even a sink, and need to ensure that the water is not hot.

  2. Add a laundry detergent to the water.

    We recommend using a gentle, all-purpose detergent such as Persil.

  3. Spot-clean any stained areas.

    When you wash a baseball cap or snapback, pay close attention to any stained areas. Use a clean toothbrush or soft-bristled brush and drop of detergent. Gently rub the detergent directly on the stain.

    Take care around areas of stitching to avoid causing damage.

  4. Place the hat into your water and detergent filled container for up to two hours.

    Half way through the soaking stage, check on any stains. Repeat step 3 if the fabric shows any stubborn stain remains.

  5. Use warm water to rinse your baseball cap.

    Take care to remove all traces of soap.

  6. Dry your hat.

    After you've given your cap a wash, there are 3 steps to ensure your cap is fully dry before use.

    1. Firstly allow your hat to drip dry removing initial excess water; placing a towel beneath to prevent water damage to counter tops or tables.

    2. Next, use a towel to pat the hat dry and remove excess moisture. Always pat to ensure you retain the shape of the hat.

    3. Place a jar such as a coffee or jam jar on a dry towel and place your hat on top. Leave it to dry overnight.

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See? It's simple once you have all the steps for how to clean a snapback or baseball cap. With this simple guide you can give your cap a wash and have it stain-free and looking good as new in no time.

Now you know how to wash a baseball cap or snapback, what about the rest of your wardrobe? Check out our easy to follow guides for cleaning other clothes and accessories. We can help you keep your Nike, and Adidas trainers flawless with our simple steps, freshen up your gym wear with our comprehensive guide, and even provide tips and tricks for removing grease from clothes and other stains too.

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