Sunday, March 4, 2012

How To Wash Baseball HAT/CAP, Surefire Method

How to wash your baseball CAP

OK, lets get a something straight here, if your doing this for your husband, boyfriend or significant other than you better be dam sure of that it is OK with him. The reaction you get may not be what you expect! Baseball caps are very personal.

It could very well be the stain on the hat is from the 2010 World Series or the 2012 Superbowl, or even a little league game when your kid hit a home run, and it is considered a trophy and not a blemish!! So proceed with extreme caution!

Once you have sorted that issue out then proceed as follow!

If your baseball CAP is reasonably new (cotton, cotton blend, polyester or jersey knit) put it in the dishwasher.
Some people will advise against this, there thinking goes, when was the last time you ate out of your hat (don't answer that) but what they don't say is "why would you put your hat in a washing machine (see short video below) that pulls thousands of RPMs and expect it to be gentle!!

  1. In the top rack of the dishwasher, the cap stays motionless with the detergent and water cascading over it.
  2. Put a glass under the hat to retain the shape
  3. Use BORAX WITHOUT bleach
  4. Put it on the light - wash cycle (normal is OK)
  5. Turn off the air dry (or take out before it starts)
  6. When it finishes washing, put something inside the cap to retain the shape while it drys, white paper, foam but not newspaper, (print can run into cap)
  7. Let it dry outside the old fashion way
  8. Viola.......a clean cap

    For all the dishwashing naysayers-watch this (motor removed from washing machine)

Washing Wool Baseball Caps

Your wool baseball cap should be hand washed in cool water with a mild detergent meant for wool. Be careful not to scrub it or twist it or the fibers may matte together and the cap will shrink as it dries. Rinse the baseball cap in clear cool water and carefully roll it in a towel to absorb some of the water. Some wool baseball cap wearers prefer to let the newly-washed caps dry while they wear them, because the wool shrinks to fit the wearer’s head! Others place the damp wool baseball caps over a ball or a coffee can to air-dry and then reshape them afterwards.

Cleaning Older Baseball Caps

If you are not sure if your favorite baseball cap has a plastic form in the brim or if you’re concerned the colors will run, then it's always a good idea to hand wash it. To test for colorfastness, use a wet washcloth and a little bit of detergent mixed with a pre-wash spray and rub a hidden spot on the baseball cap’s inner rim. Rinse off the detergent with a clean wet washcloth and let the spot air-dry. If the color does not fade, clean the rest of the cap with the wet washcloth and detergent. Rinse the detergent off with a wet washcloth and cool water (until all soap is removed) and then air-dry the baseball cap.

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