How to Clean a Snapback Hat

What could be easier than throwing your snapback hat right into the washer to get it clean? Seems pretty straightforward, right? Nope, not a good idea. Snapback hats are actually a very durable hat, but throwing it in the washer (or the dryer) can be risky—washing it in the washer and drying it in a dryer will clean and dry it, but doing this can cause your snapback to lose its shape and color. So, what is the best way to clean your snapback hat? 

If you want to enjoy your snapback hat for a long time, you’ll need to care for it properly. This includes how you store it and how you clean it. Proper storage and cleaning preserves the shape of your snapback and keeps it looking fine and fitting great. So, how do you clean your snapback hat?

Let’s have a look at the best way to care for your snapback hat so you can enjoy wearing it for a long time. 

What is the Best Way to Clean a Snapback Hat? 

For starters, check inside your hat to see if there are recommended cleaning instructions. If so, follow them. If there aren’t any, keep reading- let’s talk about what supplies and tools you need to clean your snapback hat. 

You’ll need:

  • A soft-bristled brush
  • A mild detergent
  • A bucket or a sink 
  • A small soft-bristled brush like a toothbrush for spot treatment
  • Cool water 

Gather up these items and get ready to clean your hat- however, before we get started with the instructions, it’s important to mention a few things you should never do with any of your hats. 

  • Never put your hats in the dishwasher to clean them. Dishwasher water temperatures are scorching and will most likely damage your hat. Dishwasher detergents frequently have harsh chemicals that will fade or ruin the color of your hat.
  • Never use bleach or bleach products on your hat. Bleach will damage the colors of your hat. 

Here’s the step-by-step instructions on how to clean a snapback hat:

  • Use your soft-bristled brush and gently brush away any dust and dirt from the surface of your hat; take care around any stitching or sewn on labels or logos. 
  • If your hat still needs cleaning after a soft brush, start with spot cleaning any areas that need extra attention. Wet the hat, use a drop of your mild soap and your toothbrush, and gently scrub the spot or stain so that you do not damage the fabric. 
  • After you’ve spot treated your hat, fill your sink or bucket with cool water, mild detergent, and put your hat in for at least an hour to soak. 
  • Check your hat and see if it looks clean. If there are still stains or dirty areas, spot treat it again and re-soak for another hour.
  • Have another look, and if your hat looks clean, rinse it with cool water. 

Tough stains that aren’t coming out may be oil-based and require special treatment. If you have oil stains, apply a baking soda and water paste, agitate gently. This mixture can be used for perspiration stains as well. Use these treatments before your initial soak. 

That’s it- simple instructions on carefully cleaning your snapback hat so that you don’t damage it. Let’s move on to drying it. 

What’s the Best Way to Dry Your Snapback Hat?

Once you’ve rinsed your hat, thoroughly blot it dry with paper towels and put it where it will keep its shape, like over a bowl, a ball, or wadded up paper towels, anything that will help it dry naturally in its original form. Do not use a hairdryer to dry it; the heat can damage and shrink the fabric. 

This is a great time to discuss storing your snapback hat- this type of hat will look great and last longer if you store it so that it retains its shape or form, just as you would when you are drying it after washing. If you have several, you can place one on top of the other, making sure the crown sits upright and is not crushed or smashed. 

Drying and properly storing your snapback hat is the last step in the cleaning process. 


Take good care of your snapback hat by carefully washing it following the steps listed above; along with drying and storing it properly, you’ll be able to enjoy and wear your snapback hat for a long time. 

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