There are certain things you can count on if you play the game of baseball long enough. One of them is someway and somehow it is inevitable that you will get your uniform dirty at some point in time. You will get a grass stain from making a diving play in the outfield or embed some dirt in it as you slide safely into second base. Not to mention you are sweating the whole time you are playing too. One of the toughest uniform items to keep clean is your baseball cap.
Many people are under the impression that their baseball cap cannot be washed and when it gets dirty you simply throw it away and buy a new one. Well, that would be a waste of a perfectly good ball cap because baseball hats most certainly can be washed. With that being said, there are some things you need to do to get them clean and some things to avoid when trying to wash them. Let’s see how to wash a baseball cap.
THE TRICKY PART ABOUT CLEANING YOUR BASEBALL CAP
One school of thought on baseball hats we told you about and that is you can’t wash them. Another wrong theory is you can wash them any way you want and that is absolutely also not true. Baseball hats can handle washing but it has to be done delicately or you will ruin them.
Another tricky part of washing a baseball cap is getting it to retain its shape. It’s a lot harder than you think and many a ball cap has been made structurally useless after a vigorous washing. You certainly don’t want to wear a baseball hat that has been made flat or had its brim distorted during the washing process.
So how exactly do you wash your baseball hat? Well read on and I’ll give you a few tips on how to have the best chance of success at it.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
There are a few things that will help you get your baseball cap as clean as possible. I am not in agreement with those people that tell you it is perfectly safe to put your baseball hat in the regular wash or clean it up the dishwasher. The people that say that are the ones that walk around wearing a baseball hat that looks like it’s been crushed by an elephant; yes, the same people the rest of us make fun of for looking like that.
A baseball cap needs water in order for it to get clean but not as much as a dishwasher or washing machine will get on it. I think hand washing is the only way to go if you want to get your baseball hat clean without taking a chance of ruining it.
Here is what you will need:
- Mild detergent soap (like you would use on delicate clothes)
- Old toothbrush
- Small bowl (for the detergent mix)
- Large pan (for plain water)
WASHING YOUR BASEBALL CAP’S BILL
By far the most sensitive part of your baseball hat is its bill. You can easily ruin it during the washing process if you are not careful. The reason for this is the bill of your baseball cap is similar to having thin fabric wrapped over heavy duty cardboard. If you get it too saturated with water you will usually ruin it for sure.
That is one of the reasons it will get washed first because you don’t want to take a chance of saturating the bill with water when washing the rest of it.
Start by using the sponge to moisten the entire bill of your baseball cap with the plain water. If you have an area on it with a stain then lightly scrub it with a toothbrush and the detergent mix to get it out. This should be all it takes to clean the bill of your baseball cap.
Before you proceeding any further with the washing of your baseball hat you will now want to wrap the bill in plastic wrap. This will keep it from getting soaked during the rest of the washing process.
WASHING THE REST OF THE BASEBALL HAT
Now you can take your sponge and really get the rest of the baseball hat wet. Again, if you have any stains or difficult dirt spots to get out lightly scrub them with the toothbrush; this is especially good to do around any labels on the hat. Don’t forget to clean the band on the inside of the hat too because that traps so much sweat.
Wipe it all over good with the washcloth and plain water to rinse all the soap out.
Again make sure you handle the hat carefully throughout the entire washing process.
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Of course, you will need to dry your baseball hat before you can wear it again. You can do this by simply putting it out in a place where air will circulate around it. It won’t hurt the hat to have a fan pointed in its direction either.
In no time at all, you will have a clean, dry baseball hat that has retained its shape and looks great.