Whether it’s smart casual, streetwear or minimalist, your look isn’t complete with one important accessory. You know what we are talking about. It’s the snapback caps! Its style and comfort rolled into one, and we cannot go a day without wearing one. Now, when you wear it every day, what’s going to happen to them? Dirty, obviously! So, do you know how to wash a snapback cap? That’s what we are going to talk about today!
You would’ve already read a million articles on the best way to wash a snapback, but if you’re still searching, it means you haven’t found a satisfying answer, and that’s why we are here. We know your snapbacks work hard to get you to look and feel great, so you must know how to wash snapbacks without ruining them.
Let’s not waste time and get into it already!
Can You Wash a Snapback Cap?
Of course, you can!
Snapbacks are commonly made of materials like cotton, cotton blends, polyester, acrylic, etc. These are all strong materials that can withstand any washing.
But of course, there are snapbacks made out of delicate materials like wool. You need to be EXTRA careful because not all washing methods will work for them.
What to Know Before Cleaning a Snapback Cap?
There are so many things that can go wrong if you don’t wash your snapbacks the right way. If you want to keep them clean and see them live a longer life, you need to read through our DO’s and DON’T’s checklist, or else you might end up damaging your precious snapbacks.
1. Know the Material
There are so many different types of snapback caps, and not all are made of the same material. Every material reacts differently with water – some are water-friendly, and some aren’t, like cotton and wool. You can wash cotton in any way, and it’ll still remain strong. But if you don’t wash wool in a particular way, you will spoil it.
2. Check the Care Label
Care labels are super important because they tell you everything about your snapback cap. What material they are made of, how you can wash them, any specific precautions you need to take, etc.
3. Avoid Bleach
Bleach is harmful, especially if your caps are dark-colored. Whenever you choose a detergent, ensure that there is no bleach content in it.
4. Do a Spot Test
Well, are you wondering what a spot test is? A spot test helps you understand whether your snapback will bleed any color if washed.
Dampen a clean white cloth and gently rub on an unnoticeable part of your snapback. If you see any color on the white cloth, your cap is bleeding color, and you’ll need to take the cap to an expert. If there is no color on the white cloth, you are absolutely okay to proceed with actual washing.
5. Check the Cap’s Brim
Your cap’s brim or bill can be made out of cardboard or plastic. If it’s plastic, you can wash them with water safely. But with cardboard, you need to be careful because water will disintegrate the cardboard material destroying the hat.
A spot clean is your best bet if you want to wash cardboard-brimmed caps at home.
How to Hand Wash a Snapback Cap?
When in doubt, always hand wash your snapback caps. Hand washing can never really go wrong because you have complete control over the washing and on the cap.
You can hand wash in two ways – if your caps are dirty only at specific spots, you can save yourselves a lot of time, water, soap, effort, and opt for a spot clean method. But if your cap needs a complete wash, you can go for the traditional, good old normal hand wash.
So, once you’ve checked the cap’s care label and made sure that you can hand wash, follow the steps below to get your snapbacks bright and shining.
How to Spot Clean?
Step 1: Prepare the Soap Solution
In a bowl filled with water, add a small amount of mild detergent. Mix the two well so that no clumps of detergent are in the water.
Step 2: Scrub the Stains with Toothbrush
Using a soft toothbrush, gently scrub the stains off of the cap. Do not be too harsh while scrubbing. It will damage the fabric.
Step 3: Wipe Away Dirt and Residual Soap
Once the stains are removed, use a clean, lint-free, non-abrasive cloth to wipe away residual soap and dirt from the surface of the snapback.
Step 4: Dry the Cap
Find a spot with good air circulation and air-dry your snapback cap. Keep away from direct sunlight. Alternatively, you can also dry your caps on a mannequin head or even a coffee can.
How to Normal Hand Wash?
Step 1: Apply stain remover
To get rid of stains completely, always pre-treat the stain on the cap with a remover. Doing so will break down the dirt particles even before the actual wash.
Spray a small amount of remover on the specific stain area and leave it on for about 30 minutes or more, depending on the staining.
Step 2: Prepare the Soap Solution
Add a small amount of mild detergent in a bucket, sink, or tub filled with cool water. Ensure the two are mixed well so that no clumps of detergent are in the soap solution.
Step 3: Work on the Stains
Using a soft toothbrush, gently work on the stains in small circular movements.
Step 4: Soak the Cap
Once the cap is scrubbed, submerge it in soap solution for an hour or more, depending on the staining.
Step 5: Rinse the Cap
Run your cap under cool water and rinse it well. Ensure no soap remains on the cap as leftover soap can cause staining.
Step 6: Dry the Cap
Do not twist or wring the cap. Once it’s washed well, find a spot with good air circulation and let it air-dry, away from sunlight.
How to Wash a Snapback Cap in Washing Machine and Dishwasher?
How to Machine Wash a Snapback Cap?
If you don’t have time at hand to give your snapback a hand-wash, you can always do a machine wash. But refer to your care label to confirm if the snapback cap is machine-washable.
Step 1: Apply the stain remover
Spray a small amount of stain remover to pre-treat your cap’s stains. It will help break down the dirt particles faster, thus saving time, money, and energy.
Step 2: Place the Cap in Laundry Bag
Washing machine definitely saves time, but they can also spoil your cap if you’re not careful! The constant spinning in your machine can rip or tear the fabric if adequate precautions are not taken.
Place your snapback caps in a laundry bag before tossing them in the machine.
Step 3: Set Your Machine Controls
Set your machine to a delicate cycle and use only cool water. Don’t stuff your machine with other laundry and put only clothes that are similar in color to the cap.
Step 4: Dry the Hat
Once the wash cycle is complete, take them out and air-dry.
How to Wash a Snapback Cap with Dishwasher?
Do dishwashers and caps go hand-in-hand? Hat enthusiasts will say no, but we say a yes as long as you follow the rules we tell you.
The truth is, not all hats and caps can be washed in the dishwasher. Only caps and hats made with durable materials like cotton, polyester, acrylic, etc., are safe to wash by a dishwasher. Since our snapback caps are sturdy, you can wash them in the dishwasher.
Let’s see how to do it safely!
Step 1: Apply the stain remover
Pre-treat the stains using the remover. Spray a small amount on specific stain areas and leave it for about 30 minutes.
Step 2: Place Cap in the Cap Cage
A dishwasher has extreme heat settings that are meant to clean dishes. When using it to wash caps, you need to be EXTRA careful and use a cap cage. It’ll help protect your cap’s structure.
Place your snapback caps in a cap cage first and then inside the dishwasher. USE ONLY THE TOP RACK. The temperature is slightly lower on the top rack making it bearable for your caps.
Step 3: Add the detergent
Put required amounts of detergent in the soap dispenser. Do not use any lemon-scented detergent or one that contains bleach. Lemon flavour and bleach are bad for your caps.
Step 4: Set Your Dishwasher Controls
Always set the dishwasher to a normal cycle and turn off the HEAT DRY OPTION.
Step 5: Dry the Cap
Once the cycle is over, take out the cap and set it to air-dry normally.
Can You Put Snapback Cap in Dryer?
The extreme heat and tumbling action of the dryer are bad for your cap’s fabric.
Will Plastic Snapback Caps Get Damaged When Washed?
No, they don’t get damaged.
As long as you follow all safety instructions and refer to the cap’s care label, you are good to go!
How to Care for Snapback Cap?
1. Keep Away from Sunlight
True, your snapbacks do protect you from the sun, but leaving them out in the sun for a long time can be disastrous for your snapbacks. Direct sunlight will fade away the cap’s color.
2. Storing the Caps
If you are in the habit of hanging your caps by the door or throwing them in the corner of your room, you need to stop doing it now. A hatbox is the right way to store your hats. You can throw in a few mothballs or lavender scents to keep them fresh and away from moth attacks.
There’s nothing more important for your snapback caps than a good wash. Now that we have shown you how to wash snapback caps, it’s your turn to keep them clean and in good shape. You can always choose to buy a new snapback cap, but never throw an old one, just because it’s a little dirty. Always get them cleaned as we told you!