How to Wash a Snapback, Trucker, Dad Hat or Beanie – A Comprehensive Guide


Just like T-Shirts and pants, hats can get sweaty and dirty too. While you can easily wash the clothes by throwing them in the laundry, washing the hats isn’t that simple.

There are many things you need to consider while washing them. For example, the type of hat you have and how dirty it is. 

You can easily wash some caps in the washing machine while others need to be hand washed.

Thus, it can get really confusing for someone who has never washed a hat before.

So, if you also do not have any idea on how to wash a snapback, trucker, dad hat, or beanie, keep reading. You will find everything you need to know below.

How to Wash a Snapback, Trucker, and Dad Hat?

There are different methods to wash snapbacks, truckers, and dad hats. Let’s check them out in detail.

  • Spot Cleaning

If your hat features a cardboard or paper brim and isn’t too dirty, spot cleaning is the safest method to wash it.

In this way, the hat will not lose its structure and will be cleaned immediately. 

Here is how to spot-clean a snapback, trucker, and dad hat.

  1. Mix some laundry detergent and a bleach-free stain remover in a cup of warm water. Let it dissolve completely.
  2. Once the mixture is dissolved, you need to test the hat for colorfastness. You can do this by testing the area inside the band.
  3. To test the area, you need to dip a soft toothbrush or a clean white cloth into the solution. Scrub it on the area inside the band. Once you are satisfied, you can clean the rest of the hat.
  4. You can clean the hat by dipping the toothbrush or cloth into the solution and gently dabbing it on the hat’s stained area. 
  5. Scrub the cloth or the brush gently and not too hard.
  6. Next, dip a clean sponge or cloth into the cold water and wipe on the area you have just cleaned.
  7. Lastly, you need to air-dry your hat. But, make sure you first air-dry it and do not leave it in direct sunlight.
  • Hand Wash

If your snapback, trucker, or dad hat does not have a cardboard or paper brim, you can hand wash it as well. Let’s find out how.

  1. First of all, you need a large enough bucket or container to hold the cap, water, and detergent. Fill it with water and make sure it has enough room to move your hands easily.
  2. Next, pour the detergent and bleach-free stain remover into the water. Even though you can use any type of detergent, we would recommend liquid one.
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  3. Once the detergent and stain remover has dissolved in the water, submerge your hat into the solution. 
  4. Let the hat soak for 10 to 15 minutes or overnight depending on how dirty it is.
  5. Rinse the cap thoroughly in clean water once the soaking period is over.
  6. Remove the excess water by gently squeezing the hat’s panels.
  7. Air-dry the hat with a clean hand towel. Do not leave it to dry in the direct sunlight or else its color will fade.
  • Washing Machine

If the hat is too dirty or sweaty, there is no choice but to wash it in a machine.

However, before washing the hat in a washing machine, make sure you first check its care label. If the care label advises against washing it in a machine, you must not do so.

Other than that, you also cannot wash the hats with cardboard or paper brims in the machine.

Here’s how to do it.

  1. First, you need to pre-treat the dirty hat with non-bleach stain removal.
  2. Next, put it inside a laundry bag or a pillowcase. This will protect the hat from the washing machine agitation.
  3. Fill the washing machine with mild detergent and cool water. Use a slow spin speed and delicate cycles.
  4. Once the cycle is over, rinse the hat with clean water.
  5. Place the hat in a round container and reshape it.
  6. Do not dry the hat in the dryer as the high heat and continuous tumbling can damage it.
  7. Instead, you need to air-dry it with a clean hand towel. This will keep that hat’s shape intact.

How to Wash a Beanie?

You can wash your beanies or knit caps in two ways: by hand or by washing machine.

Let’s take a look at both the methods in detail below.

  • The Hand-Wash Method

Follow the steps mentioned below to hand wash your beanies or knit caps.

  1. Take a bucket of warm water and mix some detergent and stain remover in it. Wait until the solution is completely dissolved.
  2. Next, submerge your beanie in the solution for at least one hour. If it is heavily soiled, you can soak it for up to 6 hours.
  3. Rinse the beanie with cold water when the soaking period is over. Make sure you do not twist it or else it will damage the fibers.
  4. Air-dry the beanie overnight by laying it flat on a drying rack.
  • The Washing Machine Method

Just like baseball caps, you can wash the beanies in a machine too if they are heavily soiled or stained.

Here’s how to do it.

  1. Fill the machine with cool water. Add laundry detergent and bleach-free stain removal to it.
  2. Put the beanie in the washing machine and wash it on a delicate cycle.
  3. Once done, rinse it with cold water. However, you must not wring it or else the fibers will be damaged.
  4. Do not tumble dry the beanie or else it will lose its shape or shrink.
  5. Lastly, air-dry it with the help of a clean dry towel.

Final Thoughts

All in all, you must wash your hats and beanies the correct way. Otherwise, they will lose their shape, texture, and color and will be of no use to you.

So, make sure you follow the above-mentioned instructions on how to wash a snapback, trucker, dad hat, or beanie.

If you still have any queries, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.