It's one thing to sport your favorite fitted hat, but it's another thing to clean it properly. Hand-washing is the most effective and gentle way to do so, since it lowers the risk of shrinking the hat or damaging the brim. Follow these steps to keep your fitted hat looking like new.
Things You'll Need
Read the inside tag to find out what material your hat is made of. Most newer fitted hats are made of cotton/polyester or wool, and both require slightly different cleaning methods.
Pre-treat any visible stains on cotton/polyester hats with mild detergent or spot cleaner. Hand-wash in lukewarm water and scrub problem areas—like the headband—with a toothbrush. Let air dry.
Hand-wash fitted wool hats in cold water with mild, wool-friendly detergent. Do not scrub or wring the hat, or you risk fraying the material. Soak up excess water by patting dry with a towel. Let air dry.
Never put your hat in the dryer, since heat will damage the form. And skip the common suggestion to give your hat a quick spin in the dishwasher; hand-washing lets you keep an eye on the hat the entire time.
- Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
How to Shrink Fitted Hats
Keep fitted hats from falling off your head by shrinking them down to a more comfortable -- and more stylish --size.
How to Clean a Fitted Hat
Adjustable and fitted are two types of baseball and other sports hats. If you wear a fitted hat while playing sports, or...
How to Wash Caps in a Washing Machine
You can't wash all types of caps in a washing machine, but for those that you can, do so properly, holding their...
How to Clean Wool Hats
Wool hats, when cared for properly, can last for years. However, in the course of wearing your wool hat and keeping your...
How to Shrink Cotton Hats
Heads come in all shapes and sizes. So do hats. Unfortunately, the size of a hat doesn't always match the size of...
How to Get a Stain Off a Fitted Hat
Fitted hats, including baseball, derby and similar hats, are not immune to dust, dirt and stains. These build up on the hat's...
How to Shrink a Polyester Fitted Cap
Fitted caps can become a bit snug after a run through the wash. That's because hot water combined with the heat of...
How to Get the Best Fit in Fitted Caps
The baseball cap is a classic American accessory for both men and women. Baseball caps are available with two different styles of...