So, dad hats. We all love them, don’t we? They complete your ultimate cool and relaxed look. You can’t live without your dad hats because they look so good with everything, which means you use them a lot! And what happens when you use them a lot? The hats are going to get dirty. And we know cleaning and washing hats are such banal tasks, but guess what, we are here to make cleaning and washing your dad hats a fun job. So, how to wash dad hats?
Not just washing, there are so many hat troubles that you might have encountered, fading color, distorted brims, etc. But we will be giving you solutions to all of that. And in the next 5-10 minutes, you will have mastered the art of cleaning and caring for your dad hats.
Well, before we get to that, there are many things we need to know about dad hats. We know dad hats are pretty similar to baseball caps. There are, of course, differences, but if you have had the experience of washing a normal baseball cap, chances are you might find handling dad hats less daunting!
How Do You Know if Your Hat is Washable?
It is a great question. But with a simple answer. You have your care label attached to almost all hats and caps. They will have all the information that you need to know about your hats.
Pretty easy, right?
Why is the Care Label so Important?
The Care label is like a mini-biography of your hat. But we’ll tell you exactly what information the label holds, and you will be surprised.
1. Washing Methods
The label will tell you whether your hat can be hand-washed, machine-washed, or both. If the label says all three are okay, then you are free to choose the most convenient method.
Not all clothes can be bleached. And some clothes might not be able to withstand a particular kind of bleach, like chlorine. These instructions will be specified on the label.
The label will tell you if a product, dad hat, in our case, can be dried in the machine or needs to use some other method. Generally, it is never advised to dry them in a machine for hats due to the high intensity of heat from the tumbling action. If a high temperature can cause damage to your hat, the label will mention the exact temperature setting as well.
If our product can be ironed, it will be mentioned specifically on the care label. However, if high temperatures do not affect the product, the exact temperature setting need not be mentioned.
If you notice, you might have seen words like ‘DO NOT,’ ‘ONLY,’ etc. You need to be extra careful about such information because missing out on them can be extremely harmful to your product. For instance, if your dad hat is colorfast, your label will probably read ‘wash with like colors or ‘wash separately.’
6. Dry Cleaning
If your label says ‘dry clean only,’ you do not have to read this article further because you have only one option: to take your hats to a dry-cleaner. Sometimes, the label will also mention which specific solvent is safe for a particular product. So always proceed as per those directions.
Wow! That’s a whole lot of information that a small label can say. Now you know how important it is to read your label, even more, important than your textbooks, maybe?
How Well Do You Know Your Dad Hat?
By this, we mean how well do you know the material of your dad hat? Your washing methods are going to depend on what material the hat is made out of.
Most of the time, dad hats are made out of canvas, cotton, or cotton blends. Now, these are easily washable fabrics for sure, but you still need to take care of a few things before jumping the gun.
What to Know Before Cleaning a Dad Hat?
We understand that you are distressed about your dirty dad hats, but we want to tell you what not to do while cleaning your hats before we tell you what to do. Let’s get to know them one by one.
1. Know Your Hat’s Brim
Your dad hat’s brim can be made out of either plastic or cardboard. Now, if your hat’s brim is cardboard, things are a little tricky. Since cardboard is paper, you cannot wash them. So, your best bet is spot treatment if you want to clean it at home. We will tell you how in the section below.
But if it is plastic, check your label and go ahead with what it says.
2. Dishwasher – Yes, or No?
Firstly, no hat label is ever going to come saying ‘dishwasher friendly,’ which tells you the hats shouldn’t be washed in dishwashers. It has always been a highly debated topic amongst common people and hat connoisseurs.
While the latter is strictly against the idea of washing hats in a dishwasher because of the harsh detergents and high intensity of heat inside it, the former sees dishwashers as an easy, convenient method.
But what do we think? We don’t recommend dishwashers. But if you choose to go ahead, dad hats, being comparatively of sturdy nature, can withstand a dishwasher, as long as precautions are followed properly. As we advance, we will show you the dishwasher method as well.
How to Do the Spot Test on Your Dad Hat?
Dampen a soft toothbrush or a plain white cloth in warm water and gently rub it on a small unnoticeable, or underside of the hat. If you see the color coming off, then you will know that the hat will not withstand any washing that involves water. You will need to take your hat to a professional cleaner.
Otherwise, you are good to go ahead with the washing methods discussed below.
How to Spot Treat Cardboard-Brimmed Dad Hats?
So, if you own a cardboard brimmed dad hat, spot treatment is your only choice if you want to clean it at home. Spot treatment should work if your stains are specific to an area and are not too stubborn.
Step 1: Apply the Detergent
Gently dab water at the specific stain area. Apply a small amount of detergent to the stain.
Step 2: Work on the Stains
Using a soft toothbrush, work on the stains very gently. Please do not be too harsh on the fabric, or it will get damaged.
Step 3: Wipe Residual Soap
Once the stain is gone, use a soft damp towel to wipe away the residual water and soap from the specific spot on the hat.
Step 4: Dry the Hat
Air-dry the hat at a spot with good air circulation.
How to Hand-Wash Dad Hat?
We know you always want to explore the easiest methods first, which is the most logical thing to do. You can use more than one method to hand-wash your dad hat depending on the amount of stain in your hat – a quick clean or a deep clean method.
But before we proceed with the hand-wash method, it is advised that you do a spot test to see if your hat is going to bleed colors.
Quick Clean Method to Was Dad Hats?
Always make sure to read the label and check whether your dad hat’s brim is cardboard or not. If it is cardboard, you know the drill!
- A bucket, basin, or tub
- Mild laundry detergent
- Cool water
- Towel (optional)
Step 1: Making the Cleaning Solution
Fill the basin, sink, or tub with cool water and add a small amount of mild laundry detergent. Make sure the soap is uniformly distributed in the water.
Step 2: Soak the Hat
Soak the hat in the cleaning solution and whirl it gently to create some lather. Leave it in for about 15-20 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse the Hat
Once the stains have been removed, rinse the hat under cool water. Gently squeeze out the excess water without twisting the brim.
Step 4: Drying the Hat
You can lay your washed hat either on a clean towel, dab it gently on the hat and leave it there to dry, or find a well-ventilated area and hang it up to air-dry.
If the stain persists, even after repeated quick cleans, you need to consider other methods.
Deep-Clean Method to Remove Nasty Sweat Stains
If you are reading this, it means those nasty sweat stains on your hat are not showing any signs of leaving. But don’t worry. We have got you covered!
- Hand gloves
- A bucket, sink, or tub
- Color-safe Oxygen Bleach
- Laundry Detergent
- Soft-bristled toothbrush
- Cool water
Step 1: Add the Bleach
Wearing hand gloves is a must when you handle bleaches. So, make sure you wear one. Fill the bucket, tub or sink with cool water and add the color-safe oxygen-based bleach as directed on the packaging.
Step 2: Treat the Stains
Dip the hat in water and dab a small amount of detergent at the specific stain areas. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and work on the stain gently.
Step 3: Soak the Hat in Bleach Solution
Soak the hat in the bleach solution for about an hour. Check your hat to see if the stains are gone. If not, repeat the process.
Step 4: Rinse the Hat
Wash the hat under cool, running water.
Step 5: Dry the Hat
Once the hat is washed, air-dry the hat. Do not dry under direct sunlight. Doing so will ruin the fabric.
How to Machine-Wash Dad Hat?
If you are going ahead with washing the hat in the machine, let’s look at how to do that without damaging your precious hats.
Step 1: Pre-treat the Stains
Apply a small amount of laundry detergent on the stained areas. Use a soft toothbrush and gently work on the stains. Leave it for about 15 minutes.
Step 2: Add the Bleach
To brighten your dull dad hat, you can soak the hat in color-safe oxygen bleach and water solution. Leave it for about 4 hours to get the best results.
Step 3: Toss the Hat in Washing Machine
Place the hat in a mesh bag or a hat form so that the heat doesn’t lose its shape. Set your machine on a gentle cycle and use cool water. Hot water will shrink, especially if your hat is made out of cotton or cotton blends.
Step 4: Dry the Hat
You can air-dry your hats on a mannequin head or a container like a coffee can and place them in a well-ventilated area.
How to Wash Dad Hats in Dishwasher?
Like we promised earlier, we will be showing you one of the most debated hat washing methods – the dishwasher. And again, we do not recommend this method, but you can give it a try with proper precautions. Let’s see how.
- A dishwasher
- A hat frame
- A bleach-free dishwashing detergent (avoid lemon scented ones as well)
- Laundry detergent
Step 1: Pre-treat the Stain for Better Results
Apply a small amount of the detergent on the stained areas. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently work on the stain and leave it for about 15 minutes. It will help break down the dirt particles.
Step 2: Place the hat in Hat Frame
Place your hat in the hat frame. Keep the frame with the hat ONLY in the TOP RACK of the dishwasher.
Step 3: Add the Dishwashing Detergent
Add the dishwashing detergent to the soap dispenser in specified amounts. Ensure your detergent DOES NOT contain any bleach or citric content, as both can damage the hat fabric.
Step 4: Set your Dishwasher Controls
Set your dishwasher to a normal wash cycle and use warm water. DO NOT use hot water. Also, make sure to TURN OFF the HEAT DRY option.
Step 5: Dry the Hat
Once the wash cycle is completed, take your hat off from the frame and set it to dry overnight. Make sure the spot has good air circulation and avoid drying under direct sunlight.
Didn’t we make the daunting how to wash dad hats question easier? Nothing is impossible if you love your hats and want to see them live longer on your head. Treat them with love, and they will love you back. That’s the way with hats. Agree with us?