The Best Way To Wash Your Caps Without Ruining Them

The Best Way To Wash Your Caps Without Ruining Them

Like many people, you probably have your favourite go-to hat (or three) for various occasions. The fact is that caps can get nasty and grimy pretty quickly with wear, between a quick sprint to the bus stop or a weekend hike at MacRitchie Reservoir.

Fret over how to clean your hats without ruining them anymore! Let us take you step-by-step through how to wash and care for your favourite Kydra hat to help prolong its shelf life.

Rule Of Thumb

First and foremost, always wash your hats with cold water!

Heat is the number one culprit of hat shrinkage and discolouration – that includes warm water, a washing-machine run on high heat, hair-dryers on a high setting and dishwashers (trust us, it’s a thing).

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Regardless of the durability of your accessory fabric, in this case, 100% Cotton Twill, its pristine condition can’t be guaranteed with frequent use of heat.

#1 Baseball Caps
The Kydra Cap Baseball Unisex

Caps are a lifesaver for a lot of us. It’s the perfect go-to option on days when you need a little bit of coverage to look more put-together, from supermarket runs to a train ride home after a gym session.

As you move around actively in your Kydra Cap, sweat will get caught between the cap’s brim and your forehead. The most common cleaning method would be to throw them in the washing machine for a quick clean. However, you’ll find more cons than pros with this method, from shrinkage to reshaping issues.

For A Quick Clean
Frequency: Weekly

The Kydra Cap Baseball Unisex
  • Fill a clean bucket with cold water and add a couple of mild laundry detergent drops.
  • Dunk the cap a few times to create some suds and leave it to soak in the water for 5-10 minutes.
    Avoid leaving it submerged longer than recommended to prevent any colour staining.
  • Rinse the cap thoroughly with cool water.
    When dried, cleaning products could appear as white stains if not washed off thoroughly.
  • Gently pat dry with a towel to help speed up the drying process. Don't forget to dry the metal adjustable tab as well!
    Avoid twisting the cap bill to retain its shape.
  • While the cap is still damp, reshape the hat by gently pinching the bill to give it its shape. Place the cap’s crown on top of an upside-bowl or balled-up towel to reduce crumpling while drying, as it mimics the silhouette of your head.
  • Leave out to dry! You may use a fan or hair-dryer on a low/ cool setting to speed things up.
    Avoid placing the cap directly under full sunlight to reduce significant colour fading.

For A Deep Clean
Frequency: When necessary

If there are especially problematic areas, simply add on spot-cleaning treatment between #2 and #3!

  • Target specific stains with a small dab of stain remover treatment or stronger detergent, and gently brush the area with a soft toothbrush.
    Pro tip: Shampoo is a stain-removal miracle worker too!
  • Leave the hat to soak for 10 minutes and check for any stubborn spots remaining after a rinse. If yes, repeat the steps above.
  • Once your hat is in the clear, resume with step #3 from and complete the cleaning process!
#2 Bucket Hats
The Kydra Bucket Hat Reversible Unisex

Though made with the same cotton twill fabric as the Kydra Cap, reversible bucket hats require more meticulous care for maintenance wash. Always check the material, especially during the first few washes, for colourfastness before dunking your bucket hat in the water.

  • Take a clean white rag and dip a small spot in a mild detergent.
  • Add some water and rub the rag on a coloured area on the cap.
    Most pertinent for darker and brighter colours (Black, Navy, Rose).
  • If there is no fading once the cap is dry with no colour bleed onto the rag, then you’re safe to move on to the washing stage.

For A Quick Clean
Frequency: Weekly

The Kydra Bucket Hat Reversible Unisex
  • Fill a clean bucket with cold water and add a couple of mild laundry detergent drops.
  • Dunk the hat a few times to create some suds and leave it to soak in the water for 5-10 minutes.
    Avoid leaving it submerged longer than recommended to prevent any colour staining.
  • Rinse the hat thoroughly with cool water.
    When dried, cleaning products could appear as white stains if not washed off thoroughly.
  • Gently pat dry coloured fabrics with a towel to help speed up the drying process.
  • Place the cap’s crown on top of an upside-bowl or balled-up towel to reduce crumpling while drying, as it mimics the silhouette of your head.
  • Leave out to dry! You may use a fan or hair-dryer on a low/ cool setting to speed things up. Flip the bucket cap over every 4-6 hours to ensure that both sides dry at the same rate.
    Avoid placing the cap directly under full sunlight to reduce significant colour fading.

For A Deep Clean
Frequency: When necessary

Simply utilise the same spot-cleaning method mentioned for the Kydra Cap, and you’re good to go!

To Cap It Off
Kydra GWP Patches

The first 500 orders from 10 March will receive a set of three limited edition iron-on patches with their order, while stocks last. Personalise and jazz up an outfit, or add a patch to your new accessories!

Wait on it no longer – take this perfect opportunity to snag yourself some Kydra Swag while you’re at it!

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