If we say Nike dri fit caps are truly a godsend, none of you can deny it. Agree? Whether you’re someone who sweats a lot, or you’re someone who wears caps while working out in the gym or at home or does any heavy physical activity, you’d know how amazing dri fit caps are. As much as they absorb the sweat and keep you looking great, your dri fit caps will definitely need a wash at some point. So, in this article, we’ll be covering how to wash dri fit caps.
Sweat will make dri fit caps stinky for sure, and you don’t want to be working out in the gym in stinky caps and attract unwanted, angry attention from others, do you? So, if you’ve been lazing around with dirty dri fit caps, take them out now, and let’s wash them together!
What is a Dri Fit Cap?
A dri fit cap is made using the dri fit technology. And what exactly is that? Well, it means the dri fit caps are made out of innovative polyester fabric that is exclusively designed to keep you dry so you can work for harder and longer hours sweat-free.
The fabric is of such superior microfiber construction that it will absorb the sweat, disperse it evenly on the cap’s surface, and evaporate faster.
Apart from its amazing properties, a dri fit looks super cool with any outfit – formal or casual. So, you could call a dri fit cap an all-rounder.
Can You Wash a Dri Fit Hat?
Of course, yes.
Nike Dri fits are almost like a workout accessory, so they’ll have to be washable, and it’s not that big of a challenge. Polyester is a very sturdy material that can withstand a hand wash and machine wash.
But you need to take appropriate measures so that your dri fit caps don’t lose their special property in the process of washing.
But don’t worry, we will tell you in detail what those are, and all you have to do is follow them, and you’ll be good to go!
What to Know Before Cleaning a Dri Fit Cap?
1. Check the Care Label
The care label will tell you exactly how to handle your dri fit caps. From the material, washing methods, to other instructions, your care label will have them all. Ensure you have read the label before trying to wash your caps.
2. Say Goodbye to Dishwasher
You can wash most baseball caps in a dishwasher. But a dri fit, which is also from the baseball cap family, cannot be washed in a dishwasher.
The high level of heat and pressure setting in a dishwasher is bad for your dri fit caps. You’ll surely get them cleaned, but they’ll no longer serve their real purpose of absorbing sweat.
3. AVOID Bleach, Dryer Sheets, Fabric Softeners
Never use bleach, dryer sheets, or fabric softeners to wash your dry fit caps. Using these will damage the material, lending the caps to lose their dri fit performance.
4. NEVER Dry Clean
The chemical solvents used in dry cleaning can again damage your cap’s dri fit property. A regular hand-wash or a machine wash is the best option to get them cleaned.
5. Check for Color Bleed
To do this, you can wet a clean white cloth in mild soapy water and rub it gently on an inconspicuous area of the cap. If any color deposits on the white cloth, your cap is bleeding color, and you should take it to a professional. But if no dye transfers, you can be relieved and proceed with washing them.
How to Wash Dri Fit Caps and Hats
How to Spot Clean Dri Fit Cap?
If your cap is stained in just a specific spot, you may not have to wash the entire hat. A spot clean will do the job.
Step 1: Prepare the Cleaning Solution
In a bowl filled with water, add a small amount of detergent. Mix the two well so that there are no detergent clumps in the water.
Step 2: Work on the Stains
Using the soft-bristled toothbrush, gently work on the particular stains in small circular motions. Do not be too harsh on the fabric.
Step 3: Wipe Away Residual water and dirt
Use a clean cloth and wipe away any leftover water and dirt from the surface of the cap. Ensure no soap remains on the cap as soaps can cause staining.
Step 4: Air – Dry the Cap
Never wring or twist the cap. Find a spot with good airflow and dry the cap naturally. Keep away from direct sunlight.
How to Hand Wash a Dri Fit Cap?
If your cap is dirty and a spot clean won’t do the job, you can opt for a normal hand wash.
Step 1: Spray the Stain Remover
Stubborn sweat stains are the most common dirt on your dri fit caps, and they don’t come off easily. Before the actual wash, it is important you pre-treat the stains. It’ll remove the stains even before the actual wash.
Spray a little amount of stain remover on the cap and keep it on for about 20 minutes or more, depending on how stained your cap is.
Step 2: Prepare the Cleaning Solution
In a bucket, sink, or tub filled with water, add a small amount of mild powdered detergent and mix the two well.
Step 3: Scrub the Stains
Dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in the cleaning solution and gently scrub the stains off the cap.
Step 4: Rinse the Hat
Once the cap is scrubbed, rinse the cap under cool running water. Ensure there is no soap left on the cap because leftover soap can cause staining.
Step 5: Dry the Hat
Once the cap is rinsed well, let the cap air-dry in a well-ventilated spot, away from sunlight. And because it’s a dry fit cap, they’ll get dried faster too!
How to Wash Dri Fit Hat in Washing Machine?
If you don’t have much time to hand wash, you can always machine wash your dri fit caps. But check the care label for confirmation before doing so.
If you are washing your dri fit caps with normal laundry, choose clothes similar in color to the cap. Don’t wash your white dri fits with bright colored clothes, for if any clothes bleed color, you’ll not be able to do anything.
So better safe than sorry!
Step 1: Spray the Stain Remover
Like we said earlier, pre-treating helps remove the stains easier. Spray a little amount of the remover on the dri fit cap and keep it on for about 20 minutes.
Step 2: Keep the Cap in Mesh Bag or Cap Cage
A washing machine functions by spinning action, and hence to protect your cap’s shape from getting distorted, it is important to give it some protection. That’s where a mesh bag or a cap cage can come of use.
Place the cap inside a mesh bag or cap cage before tossing it in the machine.
NOTE: If you’re using a cap cage, ensure your washing machine is a top load one and not a front load. The tumbling action of a front-load will damage the cap cage. A mesh bag works well for both top load and front load machines.
Step 3: Adjust the Machine Settings
ALWAYS set your machines to a gentle cycle and use only cool water. If you’re washing the dri fit cap with general laundry, ensure you do not overstuff the machine. Put the cap with lighter clothing.
Step 4: Dry the Cap
After the wash cycle is complete, you can air-dry the cap.
Alternatively, you can also tumble dry the dry fit but on a low heat setting. High heat will tamper with the dry fit’s performance and lead to static clinging.
Can You Iron Dri Fit Hat?
You can iron dri fit caps but on the lowest possible heat setting. If you’re not too confident about using an iron, place a white cloth between the iron and the cap. This way, there is no direct contact between the two.
If there is a cool setting in your iron, that’d be the best mode to set your iron on. It will prevent any damage to the dri fit cap’s design or logo.
How to Care for Dri Fit Caps?
1. Storing the Caps
You shouldn’t throw your caps on the bed or inside a cupboard. And just like anything else in the world, your dri fit caps need a designated storing place: a hatbox. Invest in a good quality hatbox to solve all your cap storage problems.
2. Keep Away from Heat and Light
Extreme heat or moisture and direct light are harmful to your hat’s fabric as well as the dry fit performance. Always ensure that the caps are kept in a dry and clean place.
Your dri fit caps save you from sweaty situations. But in doing so, they get extremely dirty themselves, and it’s your job to keep them washed and cleaned at all times. In the last 5-10 minutes, we have shown you how to wash dri fit caps in the quickest ways.
Always keep your dri fits fresh so that the next time you hit the gym, you don’t get those unwelcome looks from others.