Summer is just around the corner. And what can we live without during summers? Our sun hats, of course! But we know what you are confused about – whether to buy a new sun hat or get the old one cleaned. Well, you can always buy a sun hat, but we suggest you the old one cleaned up. If how to wash a sun hat is your biggest trouble, we are here to help you out.
We’ll also make sure it is fun!
Whether your sun hat is a straw, floppy, wide-brimmed, beach, or a bucket hat, we have cleaning tips for all of them. So, keep scrolling down to see how we’ve made cleaning your sun hats as easy as ABC.
How Well Do You Know Your Sun Hat?
We know there are different kinds of sun hats. Though they all serve the same purpose of protecting us from the Sun, they’re all made of different kinds of materials. A straw hat is made of straw or other materials; a bucket hat can be cotton or tweed, a floppy hat can be wool, etc.
So, our first task is always to understand what kind of hat you own and choose a washing method accordingly.
Can You Wash Sun Hat?
OF COURSE, YES. As long as your hat wasn’t in a junk pile, you can always use DIY home methods to get your sun hats spotless!
Sun Hats Washing Guides
By Hat Type
- How to Wash Baseball Caps
- How to Wash Bucket Hats
- How to Wash Cowboy Hats
- How to Wash Fedora Hats
- How to Wash Panama Hats
- How to Wash Straw Hats
- How to Wash Trucker Hats
- How to Wash Visor Hats
- How to Wash Hats in the Sink
- How to Wash Sweat Stains Out of a Hat
- How to Handwash Hats
- How to Dry Clean Hats
- How to Wash Black Hats and Caps
- How to Wash White Hats and Caps
- How to Wash Hats With a Hat Washing Frame
- Learn More About Baseball Cap Washer Frames
- Learn More About Hats Cleaners and Cleaner Kits
Not Sure What is Your Hat Type?
Main Washing Guide
What to Know Before Cleaning a Sun Hat?
If you were taking it to a hat professional or a dry cleaner, you don’t have to worry. They’ll do that. But if you are cleaning sun hats on your own, trust us, you’ll want to know the do’s and don’ts of cleaning and washing them.
1. Read Care Label
The label looks small, but it contains the most important information regarding your precious hats. So don’t take your labels lightly. They will tell you what material the hat is, what washing methods are advised, etc.
2. Know the Material
Like we said earlier, it is important to understand what your sun hat is made up of. For example, straw hats are never advised a machine wash, but a cotton bucket hat can be.
3. Remove All Decoration from Your Hat
Sun hats are always almost seen with many accessories like trimmings, appliques, ribbons, etc. So, before you start cleaning or washing, it is important to remove them. In case these are not removable, the best thing is to seek professional help.
Will Water Ruin a Straw Sun Hat?
It is funny. Straw hats are worn to beaches a lot of time, but they’re not very water-friendly. Straw absorbs water, thus breaking or tearing the hat.
But don’t get me wrong. You can, of course, use water to clean straw hats, but there is a way to it. And you have to know one thing, if you plan to wash a straw hat, you can forget about washing them in a machine.
How to Wash Straw Sun Hat?
Like we discussed, straw is not a very water-friendly material. But that doesn’t mean you have to run to a dry cleaner or a hat professional every time there is a small stain. With adequate precautions, you can wash and clean them at your home.
Click here to read the complete guide on how to wash a straw hat.
How to Wash Mesh Sun Hat?
Mesh hat is the most breathable of all sun hats. The tiny mesh-like pattern helps in air circulation and prevents your head from being too hot or humid. And unlike straw, mesh hats are more flexible to cleaning methods. You can go for a hand or machine wash, but always check the hat’s label to confirm.
How to Wash a Sun Hat?
How to Spot Cleaning Sun Hat?
Step 1: Pre-treat the Stains
For best results, it is always better to pre-treat the stains before the actual wash. Leave the pre-treat on for about 10 minutes.
Step 2: Scrub the Hat
Using a soft toothbrush, gently scrub on the stained area. DO NOT be too harsh on the hat while scrubbing. It could damage the fabric.
Step 3: Wipe Out Residual Soap
Use a damp cloth to wipe away the grime and any soap that’s remaining on the hat. If the stain persists, repeat step 2 until the hat comes off clean.
Step 4: Dry Your Hat
Once the stains have been removed, spot a well-ventilated area for your hat to air-dry. DO NOT use dryers or keep them under direct sunlight.
How to Hand-Washing a Sun Mesh Hat?
- A bucket, tub, or sink
- Hand gloves
- Oxygen-based bleach
- Any mild detergent
- Cool water
- Towel (optional)
- Soft-bristled toothbrush
Step 1: Prepare the Bleach Solution
Whenever bleach is involved, always make sure to wear hand gloves. Fill the bucket, sink, or tub with cool water and add the oxygen-based bleach in specified amounts. Mix them well. Also, DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH. It is very harmful to the fabric.
Step 2: Work on the Stains
If there are specific stains on the mesh hat, dampen it in the water. Apply a mild detergent on the specific spots, and using a soft toothbrush, gently work on the stains.
Step 3: Soak the Hat
Once the stains have been treated, soak the hat in the oxygen-based solution for about an hour.
Step 4: Rinse the Hat
Once the stains have been removed, rinse the hat under running, cool water.
Step 5: Dry the Hat
DO NOT WRING, for the hat will lose its shape. You must only air-dry your mesh hat. You can either hang the hats up in a well-ventilated area or use a clean towel to dab the remaining water and air-dry it.
How to Machine-Washing a Sun Mesh Hat?
Step 1: Pre-treat the Stains
Apply a small amount of strong detergent on the heavily stained areas. Use a soft toothbrush and scrub the stains. Leave it for about 20 minutes.
Step 2: Add Bleach
Use ONLY an oxygen-based, color-safe bleach. It will get your dull sun hats brighter. Add the bleach to warm water in specified amounts and as directed. Soak the mesh hat in the bleach solution for about 2-3 hours.
Step 3: Toss Hat in the Washing Machine
Always place the hat in a mesh bag to protect it from getting distorted. Or if there is general laundry involved, make sure it’s similar to the color of the hat. Adjust your washing machine to THE DELICATE CYCLE and use ONLY COLD WATER.
Step 4: Drying the Hat
Once your mesh hat is fully washed, do not twist it. Air-dry the hat.
Now, you might be wondering how to hand-wash and machine-wash sun hats that are neither straw nor mesh. Maybe it’s a bucket hat that you own. How do you wash it?
Well, the good news is you already have the answer in front of you!
The steps we showed you to clean a mesh sun hat are pretty much the general washing methods for any sun hat, unless they are special materials like straw.
Remove Sweat Stain from Sun Hat
How to Remove Sweat Stain from Sun Hat?
Your sun hats are meant to protect you from Sun and heat. So sweat stains are going to be your hat’s biggest problem.
Sweat stains are nasty. The best way to deal with them is to clean your sun hats immediately after each use; otherwise, these stains will be too difficult to remove. If they are light stains, it should get removed with your normal hand or machine wash.
If the stain persists, try treating the sweat stains individually. Let’s see how to get rid of them the easiest way possible.
Step 1: Make the Cleaning Agent
Add a small amount of mild shampoo to water and mix well.
Step 2: Scrub the Stains with Cleaning Agent
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently work on the sweat stains.
Step 3: Soak the Hat in Water
Once the stains are scrubbed, leave them in water for about 15 minutes.
Step 4: Rinse the Hat
Once the stains have been removed, rinse the hat under running cold water.
Step 5: Dry the Hat
Do not twist or wring your sun hats. Find a spot that’s well-ventilated and air-dry your hats. Keep away from direct sunlight.
Can You Wash Sun Hat with Chin Strap?
Yes, you can. Most of the chin straps found on sun hats are washable unless it is specified otherwise. So, you can wash it along with the hat.
How to Care for Sun Hat?
1. Storing the Hat
Always store your hat in a cool, dry place. A hatbox is the best gift that you can give your hat. Avoid using plastic to store your sun hats, for they restrict air movement and lead to yellowing and mildew growth.
2. Maintain the Hat’s Shape
A common problem with sun hats is, being wide-brimmed in general, they tend to curl easily. The best way to flatten your hat’s brim is to place any heavy object. Keep it for a few hours, and your sun hat should be in its best shape!
Summers are the best. But imagine doing your beach trips and picnics without those stylish sun hats. Not cool, right? Now that we have shown you how to wash a sun hat, dirty hats can never be a reason not to wear them!