How to Clean a Baseball Cap

Keep your baseball cap a clean one and you will hit a home run.  Not only will a clean baseball cap have a longer life, but it will also more often feel comfortable to wear.  Instead of chucking your cap into the dishwasher, which increases the risk of discolouration and deformation, wash your cap by following these directions:

Clean Baseball Caps: Cotton or Mesh

  1. Pre-clean your baseball cap by spraying a solvent-based spray, such as Shout, onto the dirtiest areas of it. Scrub the spots using a cloth or a spare toothbrush.
  2. Create a bath of lukewarm water in a clean sink. Pour one tablespoon of laundry detergent or a specialized stain-removal product into the water as the faucet dispenses it.
  3. Put the cap into the water and let it soak for up to two hours. You should check periodically to see when stains start to disappear: if you notice positive changes early, you may not have to soak it for very long.
  4. Drain the sink and rinse the cap off with warm water thoroughly to rid it of soap, without wringing it out.
  5. Gently towel dry the cap to absorb the excess water.
  6. Let the cap air dry on an item that will not alter its form, like a balled-up piece of fabric. Place a towel underneath the cap and its mold to catch excess water.

Clean Baseball Caps: Wool

When scrubbing or agitating material on the cap to get stains out, apply light pressure so you do not damage the quality of the wool.  Apply cleaning solutions for specific wool use only.

  1. Soak it in water and a small amount of detergent as previously directed.
  2. Gently towel dry the cap to absorb the excess water.
  3. Let the cap air dry on an item that will not alter its form.

Cleaning Baseball Caps 25 Years or Older

Underneath the caps bill fabric, there is likely a cardboard insert. This means the hat can never be washed in water, otherwise its shape will be wrecked.

  1. For especially troublesome areas, spot clean with stain remover as previously directed, while being careful not to use too much liquid on the hat.
  2. Brush the cap or dust it off with a cloth to collect the small particles of dirt.

Care Tips

  • Shampoo is an effective solution to use on stubborn sweat stains if you find
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    How to Clean a Baseball Cap

    that traditional stain removers are not doing the trick.

  • If you are concerned about your clean baseball cap losing its form, and you don’t have to go somewhere you might be judged for style choices, consider wearing it! The cap will be a little damp, so line the inside with a thin layer such as Saran wrap or a plastic bag before putting it on if you do not want to get wet.

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