Like many people, you probably have a favorite hat (or ten). Maybe it’s a vintage bucket hat, your grandfather’s fedora, or a straw sun hat that’s perfect for getaways.

When it’s time to wash any hat, it’s important to remember different materials require different cleaning methods. With these step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to clean, preserve, and wear them for years to come.

How to Wash Wool and Felt Hats

Items like fedoras and cowboy hats must be washed by hand, though these types of hats usually don’t require pretreating stains. If your hat is decorated with any ribbons, pins, or removable leather straps, it’s best to take them off first (and/or clean them separately).

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1. Break out the Vacuum 

Wool and felt can really attract dust, skin cells, and dandruff particles. Before hand-washing anything, use your vacuum’s upholstery brush (or a small, handheld vacuum) to remove as many particles as you can.

2. Focus on the Dirtiest Places

Make a mental note about any particularly dirty areas, especially around the brim (where sweat tends to build up).

3. Start Washing 

Fill a bucket or large bowl (that’s large enough for your hat) with warm water. Add a few drops of a Natural Laundry Detergent, swish to combine, and completely submerge your hat for 5-10 minutes.

4. Scrub If You Need to

Pull the hat out of the water and gently agitate the dirtier areas with a boar hair detailing brush (the natural fibers are ideal for wool and felt).

5. Soak Again

After light scrubbing, submerge the hat in the water again. Wait another 5-10 minutes.

6. Rinse Thoroughly & Dry

Remove the hat from the water and rinse it thoroughly under cold/warm running water. Don’t shake your hat or try to wring it out as this can disfigure the shape. Instead, ball up paper towels or newspaper, stuff them up to the crown, and allow your hat to air dry.

How to Wash a Bucket Hat & Baseball Cap 

They sure get grimy, but these are the easiest types of hat to wash. Most are made of cotton or nylon, and they’re fairly durable (with sturdy stitching instead of adhesive). This versatility means that you can either scrub them by hand or throw them in the washing machine.

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Baseball-style hats cover bedhead, offer shade from the sun, and let you proudly display your favorite team or beloved vacation spot.

Though baseball caps can get pretty grimy, they’re the easiest type of hat to wash. Most are made of cotton or nylon, and they’re fairly durable (with sturdy stitching instead of adhesive). This versatility means that you can either scrub them by hand or throw them in the washing machine.

Washing Bucket Hats & Baseball Caps by Hand

The following instructions are virtually identical to cleaning felt and wool hats – with one notable exception:

1. Start with a Natural Stain Remover

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Apply Puracy Natural Stain Remover to gently lift away sweat, grease, and any other marks (be sure to test an inconspicuous area first). Once applied, wait at least 15 minutes to give the plant-based enzymes enough time to break down stains. Remember: The longer it sits, the better it works.

2. Scrub Stains & Soak

Gently agitate the stained areas with a boar’s hair detailing brush which is effective yet gentle on fabrics.

Add a couple drops of Puracy Laundry Detergent to warm water, mix, and let your hat sit for about 10-20 minutes.

3. Scrub and Soak One More Time

Use the same detailing brush to thoroughly scrub down the rest of your hat. Submerge your hat in the water and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

4. Rinse & Dry

When the 10 minutes are up, rinse your hat under cold or warm running water. When drying, the balled-up paper towel method works well.

How to Wash a Baseball Cap or Bucket Hat in the Washing Machine

Whether it’s rainstorms, hot sun, and even washing machines, your hats can withstand a lot. Apply the following steps to get them ship-shape:

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The best way to wash baseball hats involves the following steps:

1. Pre-Treat Stains

A washing machine won’t necessarily get out all of the “baked-on” stains. You’ll need something stronger to tackle them. Spray the affected area(s) with our Natural Stain Remover, agitate with a detailing brush, then wait up to 8 hours before placing your hat in the washing machine.

2. For Baseball Caps, Use a Plastic Cage

Use a protective plastic hat cage like the BallcapBuddy or the Perfect Curve Cap Washer to help your hat keep its shape in the washing machine. If you don’t have one of these products, stick to washing your baseball cap by hand.

3. Run a Laundry Cycle

Wash your hat in a normal laundry load with similar colors. The plant enzymes in Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent safely target stains and odors on baseball caps.

Don't Put Your Hat in the Dishwasher!

Dishwasher detergent is great for removing food particles but it’s not meant for garments or fabrics. The scalding water and steam during a wash cycle can also cause damage and warping to your favorite hats.

4. Let Your Baseball Cap Air Dry

We recommend using balled-up paper towels to soak up moisture and help retain the original shape.

How to Wash a Sun Hat

There are a few things to know about washing straw hats:

  1. They should never get completely wet since they’ll lose their shape (or may even fall apart).
  2. Before you clean a straw hat, use a soft, damp cloth to test a small, inconspicuous area.
how to clean a hat

1. Remove Excess Dust

Vacuum your hat inside and out to remove loose particles. We recommend using a bristle brush attachment.

2. Spot-Treat

Fill a small bowl with warm water, add a few drops of Puracy Natural Dish Soap, and stir to combine. Wet and ring out a microfiber cleaning cloth, applying it to any visible spots with overlapping, circular motions.

3. Air Dry

Use the same balled-up newspaper/paper towel technique as before. Avoid placing damp straw in direct sunlight as it dries. 

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