We all know baseball is a craze and almost a ‘holy' tradition in America. There may not be a single individual who doesn't know and follow baseball and the same is true of baseball equipment - bats, gloves, caps, et al. Of these, the baseball cap holds a special place in our hearts (and on our heads, of course!). Baseball caps as a clothing accessory, is not limited to baseball players or fans of the game, it is popular across the gamut of the American population, kids and adults alike, and all other categories in between! If the baseball cap is an integral part of your wardrobe, then keeping it clean will also be an important priority for you. Given that the baseball cap comes in different shapes and is made of different materials, here are a few instructions on cleaning your baseball cap and keep it looking as good as new!
Materials and equipment required.
- Baseball cap mould or two plastic kitchen strainers about the size of the cap
- Dishwasher or washing machine
- Laundry detergent or mild dishwashing soap
- Pre-treatment spray or any stain removal product
- String or garbage bag ties
Using the dishwasher. If you have a fairly large collection of baseball caps, then it makes sense to pick up a baseball cap mould. This is available at any sporting goods or clothes store and it helps in maintaining the shape of the baseball cap.
Place the baseball cap in the mold and put it in the dishwasher by itself (no other items should be put in the dishwasher at this time). Add any mild dishwashing soap (without bleach) or laundry detergent and run the dishwasher in its normal cycle. Once the cycle is finished, allow the cap to dry out in the open, but remember to keep it away from any strong light source or harsh sunlight.
Pre-treatment for removing strains. Spray liberal amounts of pre-treatment or stain removal spray all over the cap if it has not been washed for a long time. This will facilitate easier removal of dirt and sweat stains.
Using the washing machine. As in step one, fit the baseball cap over the mold, or alternatively, fit the cap over a plastic strainer of similar size. Place the second strainer over the cap and tie the two strainers together (with the cap sandwiched in between) with string or garbage bag ties. Place the cap in the washing machine, add the required amount of laundry detergent and run the washing machine on a warm cycle. Once the washing is complete, don't use the dryer to dry the cap. Instead, place it out to dry naturally, while still fitted over the mold or strainer.
Other tips. If the baseball cap is made of wool, do not use the dishwasher or washing machine to clean it. For woolen caps, it is best that you wash the caps by hand, using cool water and a mild detergent specifically made for cleaning wool. With the two methods listed above, use as little soap as possible because it can stick to the cap otherwise.