The holiday season is just around the corner, and you are panicking. Let me guess why. You just took out all your Christmas decor from last year, and your Santa hats are extremely dirty. And you don’t want your kids or partner or yourself to be wearing dirty and stinky Santa hats to celebrate Christmas. So, what do you do now? Do you throw it away and get new ones, or can you save the existing ones? Of course, you can, and that’s why we are here – to teach you how to wash and clean Santa Hats.
And not just that, we will provide you with the complete guide to taking care of your Santa Hats so that you’ll never have to keep buying them every year and spend a lot of money. You know how much we care about you!
So, let’s not waste any more time and dive right into it!
Can you Wash Santa Hats?
Of course, you can. Questions like ‘how to hand-wash Santa hats,’ ‘how to machine wash Santa hats’ are some of the most common questions we have come across. But before jumping into knowing how to wash and clean them, don’t you think you should know your Santa Hat a little bit?
The most common materials used to make Santa hats are fleece, faux fur, felt, and velvet. Your Santa hat could be made out of any of these materials.
And do you want to know the best part? Whether you own a fleece, faux fur, felt, or a velvet Santa hat, the washing and cleaning methods for all of them are quite similar. Are you relieved to hear that? We know that feeling.
What to Know Before Cleaning a Santa Hat?
Whatever the material be, the first thing to always take note of is the fabric care label. It will have specific instructions as to how to clean and wash your hats. Some tags might say ‘only dry-clean.’ In that case, listen to the label and do not try to beat the rules.
How to Wash Santa Hats?
There’s no other way out, guys! If your Santa hat is dirty, you have to wash it. We know it might seem scary, but it’s not. Let’s see all the methods you can use to clean your Santa Hats.
How to Hand-Wash Santa Hats?
Whether it is fleece, faux fur, velvet, or a felt, all of them are delicate fabrics; hand-washing is the safest and gentles option for cleaning and washing. Let’s see how to do this.
- A bucket, tub, or sink
- A mild detergent or hand wash
Step 1: Add Mild Detergent to the Tub
Mix a little bit of soap or mild detergent to the tub in water to make the cleaning agent. Too much soap will lead to a build-up in the fibers and make it less soft.
Step 2: Soak the Cap in the Tub
Dip the hat in the soap solution. Gently rub the fabric in your hands for about 5 minutes, with more attention given to areas that tend to accumulate more dirt. If your hat has stubborn odors and stains, leave it to soak in the soap for about 30 to 40 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse
Rinse it in water and repeat the process until you get clear water.
Step 4: Dry
Air-dry it in a hanger or drying rack, away from harsh sunlight. Sunlight can cause pilling. Once the hats are dried, comb or brush them to keep them soft and fluffy.
How to Machine-Wash Santa Hats?
If you plan to machine wash your Santa hat, there are few things that you’ve to be extra careful about.
- ALWAYS make sure you put your hat inside-out before throwing it in the machine.
- NEVER wash your hat along with items such as towels and sheets. They are the main bad guys that can cause pilling.
- Say a BIG NO to bleaches, harsh detergents, fabric softeners, and conditioners. They will kill all the softness from your cute Santa hats.
Now to wash in the machine, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Insert the Cap in The Mesh Bag
Always keep your hat inside a mesh bag to be on the safer side and not place the hat directly inside the machine. The spinning and rotating of the machine can damage the fabric.
Step 2: Use Cool Water
Use cool or lukewarm water. Hot water can cause damage to the fabric, degrade its quality, and your water-resistant hat will no longer remain water-resistant.
Step 3: Set a Gentle Cycle
Set your machine to the gentle cycle to keep the fibers soft and fuzzy.
Step 4: Air Dry
Air-dry the hat and make sure NOT to dry it under direct sunlight.
We know many of you are skeptical about the detergents or soaps available in the market, whether they are chemical-free or safe, etc. If you are someone like that, check out the DIY natural detergent.
DIY natural detergent – baking soda (1/4 cup) or hydrogen peroxide or vinegar (1 cup).
The oxygen in the water will react with these to form bubbles that will help remove the dirt. Vinegar, being an anti-bacterial, helps remove dirt and eliminates stinky smells, if any.
If your Santa Hat is not dirty or stinky but only stained in 1-2 places, you do not need to wash the hat wholly. A spot cleaning will solve your problems. Let’s see how.
Step 1: Pretreat Stains
Use a soft sponge with soap or mild detergent and gently work on the stains in a circular motion. Leave it on for about 10 minutes.
Step 2: Air Dry the Hat
Using a paper towel, blot out the soap from the hat and air-dry the hat.
Post drying, if you see pilling on the hat, which usually occurs when the fabric is over-rubbed, use a lint roller to brush down the fleece/fur/velvet/felt. If you don’t have a lint roller, you can use a normal razor and gently run it over the hat without making any cuts on it.
To keep your Santa hat soft and fluffy, comb or brush the hats once they are air-dried. You can use a natural bristle brush and blow-dry on a cool setting. Now, if you don’t find the right soap or are not confident with using soaps on your favorite Santa hat, we have another fool-proof, handy trick for you. Want to know what?
It’s the good old vinegar, the best stain remover, especially for spot cleaning.
- Take equal parts of water and vinegar.
- Using a cotton ball, gently dab this mixture onto the stain.
- Allow it to dry completely before using the hat again.
How to Wash Sequin Santa Hat?
Don’t we all love a bit of glitz and glimmer on our Santa Hats? Of course, we do. But with embellishments and sequins come a bigger task of keeping them clean.
We’ve promised you about taking away all your Santa hat troubles, so we have solutions to this one too!
The first thing is to FORGET about machine washing your sequin Santa hats. NEVER EVER DO THAT. If the stain or dirt is at a particular spot, you can always go for a spot cleaning instead of washing the whole hat.
And if you are planning to wash the whole hat, there’s nothing like a gentle hand-wash. Let’s see how.
- A bucket, sink, or tub
- Mild Laundry soap
Step 1: Add Detergent to the Tub
In a bucket, sink, or tub, add lukewarm or cool water. Stir in the mild laundry soap until its dissolves well in the water.
Step 2: Soak
Carefully soak in your Santa hat and gently whirl it for about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse the Cap
Once the dirt is removed, remove the hat from the tub or bucket and rinse it under cold water. If there is still dirt left, repeat the process until the water becomes clear.
Step 4: Dry the Santa Hat
After taking the hat out of the water, the most immediate reaction is to wring it, just like we do with all other clothes.
But you got to resist doing it here, or you’ll end up pulling out all your sequins from the Santa hat.
Just let the water drip out of the hat for a few minutes and lay it down on a clean flat surface or a towel. If you are hanging the hat for drying, make sure you do not wait till it’s dried completely since the weight of the water can change the shape of your Santa hat.
How to Clean White Santa Hat?
We know you have a special love for your white Santa hat. Anything in white tends to get dirty quickly, even if you store it in the safest of places. But do not give up on your white Santa hat, not just yet.
The washing techniques to wash white hats are the same as mentioned above in the article, but there is an IMPORTANT point to be taken note of. Any guesses?
Of course, you got it right. NEVER EVER wash your white Santa hats with other colored fabrics. Either wash them on their own or along with other white fabrics.
How Often Should You Wash a Santa Hat?
Now that we have mastered the art of cleaning and washing Santa hats, the most obvious thing to understand is how often you can wash them. Well, you can wash it up to 3-5 times each season if you follow all instructions to the point.
How Not to Tumble Dry a Santa Hat?
We’ve been discussing above how to dry a Santa hat. But it is equally important to know how not to. Firstly, as we said, direct sunlight is a BIG NO.
Secondly, many of us tend to put hats in a tumble dryer to dry them quicker and faster. But DO NOT do that. Tumble dryers use intense heat, and one of the biggest things a faux fur, velvet, fleece, or a felt fear are such intense heat. The fabric will not survive.
You might be thinking, what if we put the tumble dryer in the cold setting. Is that better? NOOOO. It is still bad for the fabric as the repeated rubbing caused by the rotating drums will destroy the hat’s softness.
How to Care for Santa Hats?
1. Clean After Each Use
By cleaning, we do not mean washing every time. The best way to keep your Santa hats as new is to clean them after each use. It might sound like a tedious task. But is it?
All you need is a hat brush or even a clean toothbrush and sweep away the dust and dirt particles. Since you are cleaning immediately after use, the dirt and dust will come off easily, unless it is a stubborn stain like a coffee stain.
2. Storing Your Santa Hats
Once the holiday season is over, we usually pack all Christmas-Season stuff and dump them in the basement or your storeroom. But if you want your Santa hats to live a longer, healthier life, you should learn to store them properly. Always store them in breathable garment bags.
3. Use Coffee Grounds to Remove Odors
Are you surprised? We live on coffees, and now there is all the more reason to love them. Keep your Santa hats, especially if they are made of faux fur, in a vinyl garment bag.
Place coffee grounds in an uncovered container and keep this container alongside the hats in the vinyl bag. The coffee grounds are going to take away all that moldy smell from the Santa hats.
A great Christmas is incomplete without all the fun and frolic. And Santa Hats are an important accessory to keep the spirit alive. But dirty or smelly hats can kill all the fun, and we don’t want that.
If you know the means to save your Santa hat, why not, instead of buying new ones every year. After all, we all love saving money. So, we have provided you with the complete guide on how to wash a Santa hat and everything related to it. And now it’s your turn to step up the game!
Be a Santa Hat warrior!