Having a diverse dad hat, snapback, and fitted cap collection is great.
Organizing and displaying your favorite hats in your room, house, or apartment is great.
But what happens when that favorite cap goes through days, months, and years of wear and tear?
Suddenly that fresh cap is nothing but a memory and all that is left is a shell of a cap that is now borderline wearable and nothing like it used to be.
If you've been to one of our Cap Swag stores, then it is possible you may have heard our staff discussing this topic with one of our customers in the past because it is by far one of the most common things that we, as Cap Swag employees, get asked.
How do I clean my hat? Can I put my hat in the washer?
I've even had people tell me that they put their hat in the dish washer.
So, because of all this, I've decided to compile my top 3 tips for keeping your hat looking and fresh and clean.
Most people think that the hats in our store look so fresh and crisp because of the Cap Swag magic touch.
The truth is, that our dedicated employees go through a rigorous process of brushing the many hats and caps in our stores every single day.
Hats are made up of material and material has fibers that can not only stand up over time but also have been known to trapping dirt, debris, and other particles in between them.
Brushing your hat in one direction helps remove the unwanted particles and also lay down the fibers of the hat, giving it a better looking and newer appearance.
Doesn't matter if it's a tooth brush or one of the New Era Cap Brushes available on our store. Don't forget to brush!
Would you throw a $2,000 Italian suit in your sock drawer? Probably not...
At least I would really hope not. If you buy a $2,000 Italian suit why would you throw it in your sock drawer?
Most likely you would buy a nice suit casing that would keep your suit looking brand new and clean.
The same principle applies to hats, if you're spending $20 - $30 on a premium quality hat regularly, then why not also invest in a solution to store and protect your favorite dad hat, snapback, and fitted cap?
For home use, a New Era Cap Storage System is perfect because it lets you organize and display your caps with the use of a common household hanger. The storage systems are great because you can put up around 24 hats on it and visibly see what hats are on the rack. This makes it easy to access them but also protects them from getting dirty since your hats now have their own dedicated rack in your closet.
If you're a person that travels a lot, another great solution is one of the Cap Carrying packs that we also have available online. These are great because they have built in reinforced lining that protects from impact, which can occur a lot when you're traveling.
I know some people that also use these for storage in their house, but the main function is to protect your hats through travel.
Like I mentioned before, some people use their dish washer to clean their hats.
While it may be easier to use an automatic method of cleaning your caps, you run the risk of not only deforming the cap but you also don't obtain the maximum effective cleanliness possible.
We don't hand wash our clothes anymore, mainly due to lack of time. But the best way to get stuff clean is to wash it by hand.
Same idea can be applied when washing dishes. Taking the time to scrub each dish is better than putting it in the machine and dousing it in water and soap.
One of the best cap cleaning kits available on the market is the New Era Capology Kit.
This kit contains everything you need to clean and PRESERVE your headwear.
If you're tryna to acquire a clean without breaking the bank, it's also possible to use a tooth brush and dish soap to scrub out stains. However, the issue with that method is once you expose the cap to water it can deform the brim and crown of the cap.
You've read my top 3 tips for keeping your caps and hats clean. Now it's time to use them!
The first step?
Leave a comment to let me know which technique you're going to try first.
Are you going to invest in some cap cleaning tools?
Or, are you going to try the inexpensive method?
Either way, leave a quick comment below right now.