How To Hand Wash Ball Caps Properly Without Ruining Them

How To Hand Wash Ball Caps Properly Without Ruining Them

Here at GFOUR we recommend that our customers wash their ball caps in the dishwasher. It’s simple, fuss-free and a convenient way to get your ball caps clean again (just make sure you don’t load it in with the dirty dishes!). 

However, if you don’t have a dishwasher or if that method doesn’t appeal to you, you might choose to handwash your ball caps instead. But how exactly do you do that and not end up with misshapen ball caps? 

Well don’t worry, this article will tell you everything you need to know to wash your ball caps properly without ruining them. No one wants to wear a dirty, smelly or sweaty ball cap on their head (at least we hope not anyway!), so without further ado, here’s how to hand wash your ball caps at home. 

Step one: Check the label (if there is one)

Not all ball caps come with care labels inside, but if your ball cap does have one it makes sense to start there when it comes to washing it. Because ball caps come in all kinds of different materials it’s important to ensure you’re following the correct care method for your particular cap. 

Step two: Remove any extra embellishments you’ve added 

Some folks like to make their ball caps extra stylish with the addition of badges, ribbons and other trinkets. If that’s the case for you, it’s important that you remove these extra details before you start hand washing your ball caps. This will ensure that you don’t damage your embellishments, and you can always pop them back on once your ball caps are nice and clean and dry. 

Step three: Do a spot first on your ball caps first 

This is especially important if your ball caps don’t have a care label included. The last thing you want is to wash your caps only to find that the colours bleed or fade with the detergent you use. To perform a spot test, simply get a clean wet cloth and apply a very small amount of detergent. If the colours bleed onto your cloth, hand washing is probably a no-no. However, if the cap still looks fine after a couple of hours you’re good to go.

Step four: Get ready to start hand washing 

The next step is to prepare the materials you’ll need to hand wash your ball caps properly. To start you’ll need either a bucket, tub, or sink with cold water. It’s best to use cold water over hot water when it comes to washing ball caps. Then add a small amount of bleach-free laundry cleaning detergent. You don’t want to add too much of this as otherwise, it will be difficult to remove it all from your ball caps.  

Step five: Scrub your ball caps gently 

Next, it’s time to start hand washing. Grab a soft toothbrush (one that you don’t use to brush your teeth!) and start gently scrubbing your cap, paying closer attention to particularly dirty parts. Be sure to be gentle as you scrub so that you don’t damage your cap. 

Step six: Soak your ball caps 

Once you’re satisfied with your scrubbing, the next step is to simply let your ball caps soak in the water for around an hour or so. This soaking process will ensure that any leftover dirt or grime on your ball caps washes away. 

Step seven: Time to start rinsing 

Now that your ball caps are nice and clean it’s time to rinse out the laundry detergent from your cap. Be careful not to wring your hat or scrunch it up during this process. Make sure all the soap is gone before you move on to the last step. 

Step eight: Dry your ball caps carefully 

The last and final step is to dry your ball caps carefully! You can gently press out any excess water in your ball caps but again, make sure there’s no wringing or scrunching. Once you’ve removed the excess water, place your ball caps on a clean towel and just let them dry naturally on their own. 

Now that you know how to hand wash your ball caps properly, why not add to your collection?

We have a large range of ball caps, trucker caps, high profile caps and deep fit caps to suit all kinds of heads! Explore our most popular collections and find your next ball cap today! 

  • Tablelands Collection 
  • OCD Collection
  • Punchy Collection
  • Obsidian Collection
  • UnstoppaBULL Collection

DISCLAIMER: We take no responsibility for any addictive behaviour that can (and most likely will) result from the purchase of our caps.

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