Fight the Heat, and the Stains- Hat Cleaning Guide

June 7, 2022

Claire Hebert

Claire Hebert

In the winter, hats keep our heads warm, and in the summer, they shelter us from the sun’s damaging rays. They also provide a stylish touch to a man’s attire. Regard yourself as a “Hat Guy.”

Do you have a favorite hat that you can’t wear because of stains or discoloration, but you still admire how it looks on you? Don’t be alarmed! We’ll show you how to remove sweat stains from any hat, black or white felt, or polyester.

“But how can you clean hats without a professional?” you may wonder. You’ll be delighted to discover the ins and outs of hat cleaning. Hiding ugly stains is time-consuming, but removing sweat stains from headgear is easier than you think with a few home cleaning treatments. After cleaning the sweat from your hats, try cleaning your yoga mats!

How to Figure Out What Kind Of Fabric Your Hat Is Made Of?

Before beginning to clean your hats, this is the first consideration you should make. Different materials need distinct cleaning procedures.

By examining the label, the material of your hat is immediately discernible. If you cannot find the label, check for further information on the manufacturer’s website or, if all else fails, utilize Google to get information on your hat.

With The Following Approaches, You Can Remove Sweat Stains Off Hats

Now that you know what you’re dealing with let’s move on to the most practical and effective hat cleaning procedures.

Hand-washing a hat

Hand-cleaning sweat stains are best. Cotton baseball hats and golf caps should be cleaned this way. Avoid using this method on leather, satin, silk, wool, or felt hats. This procedure should only be used on colorfast headwear.


  • Fill a sink or bucket with warm water. Add washing detergent (around 1 tbsp will do). Spin until all detergents dissolve.
  • Spray your hat’s sweat spots with stain remover. Using a toothbrush, remove stubborn spots.
  • Now soak your headwear in detergent. After churning for hours, let it soak. Keep the water moving.
  • Rinse the cap with cold water after four hours. Rinse until no soap remains. Clearwater means the soap is gone.
  • Next, squeeze off excess moisture. Use care to preserve your hat’s form. And let it natural drying, and voilà.

Spots treatments, please?

Spot cleaning is the preferred method for cleaning dirty headwear or fragile fabric. For example, this method is advised to remove sweat stains from a leather hat. Feather hats should not be treated in this manner. 

Here’s how:

  • Determine the stain’s severity. Pre-treat difficult stains using a mild stain remover. Avoid bleaching your headwear with chlorine.
  • Mix a mild detergent (or shampoo without bleach) with cold water. It cleans.
  • Clean towel with cleaning solution. Rub the cap until the stains vanish. Use the remaining solution to remove stains and clean the sweatband.
  • White vinegar is an effective alternative to the cleaning solution for removing stains. As before, apply 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with a clean cloth. Scrub away the spots. White vinegar cleaning tips follow.
  • Remove extra soap solution after eliminating sweat stains. Dry the cap with a cold-water-dipped cloth.
  • A cotton hat’s soap solution may be rinsed off with water. For leather, use a damp sponge or towel.
  • Natural-dry your headwear.

Folks Wants To Wash Their Hats In A Washing Machine

Oh, I know it’s quicker to use the washing machine, but the hat can only be washed in the washing machine if it is made of cotton or polyester. This technique is appropriate for baseball hats and colorfast twill caps. If the brim is cardboard, the hat should not be machine-washed.

  • Use a stain remover as a pretreatment on the headgear. If your hat is severely stained, this is fantastic news for you since a considerable amount of it may be removed manually.
  • We suggest that you launder your hat inside a garment bag to maintain its shape.
  • Using dishwashing liquid that does not include bleach will stop colored caps from becoming yellow. Bleaches that do not affect color are also available.
  • Get the washing started. Reduce the water temperature so that your headgear will not be damaged. A low rotational speed is required.
  • After finishing the cycle, you should take off the headpiece. Construct the hat by hand, then set it aside in the open air to dry.

Taking To a Professional Dry Cleaner?

You always have the option of getting your hat dry cleaned if none of the other alternatives work or if you are worried about harming it. This approach helps clean all varieties of felt hats, including fedoras and top hats. Carefully determine the composition of the cloth used to construct your hat.

Before bringing your hat to a dry cleaner, you must confirm that they have experience cleaning hats. Cowboy hats, for instance, must be reblocked after dry-cleaning to regain their original shape. These are the kind of cleaning techniques a competent dry cleaner must possess.

How to dry a hat?

Now that the stains on your headwear have been removed, there are a few things you should know about drying them:

  • Your hat may lose its color and fade if exposed to direct sunlight.
  • You should never dry your hat with a hairdryer or hot equipment to prevent irreversible damage. This is not a used for a hairdryer.
  • It’s possible that washing and drying your hat can cause it to lose its shape and color. Drying by natural means is ideal.
  • To remove any trace of moisture from the inside of the hat, roll up a hand towel and place it in there.

Black hats with white stains?

Sweat stains on your black hat could be removed using hand washing, spot treatment, or dry cleaning. Go through the procedures for each one.

Take special care not to change the color of it. We advise doing a patch test before using colorful headgear. Check the tag for information on how to properly wash the material of your hat.

Last Word

In an ideal circumstance, headgear should be washed often. The white spots result from a buildup of sweat and oil, which may cause irreparable color loss. Depending on how often you wear your hat and how much you sweat, you should wash it once per week to avoid severe discoloration. Cleaning your hats may lead to other fun cleaning ventures, check out this link to learn more!

Leave a comment below letting us know what kind of hat you’re attempting to clean and what method you’re using.

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