Vintage Hat Maintenance: Proper Care and Cleaning Guide

Vintage Hat Maintenance: Proper Care and Cleaning Guide

It’s exciting when you finally get that vintage hat or snapback you’ve always wanted.

However, if you bought your hat from a place where vintage clothing is traditionally sold, such as a thrift store, it needs proper care and cleaning. All Snag & Stitch merchandise has been properly cleaned and is in excellent wearable condition before shipping.

How to Clean Your Vintage Hat: 7 Steps

What you’ll need:

  • Dishwashing soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Clean towel to dry
  • Item to put inside the hat to maintain shape (towel, plastic bags, hat washer, etc.)

Cleaning a Vintage Snapback Hat

Step 1: Using a clean sink, run cold water onto the hat, making sure the water soaks into the material.

Step 2: Grab the dishwashing soap, and use generously all around the hat. Gently rub the dishwashing soap into the hat until there are suds.

Step 3: Use the toothbrush to brush the inside and outside of your vintage hat. Concentrate the most on the sweatband, and the interior in general. Remove any dirt or stains by moving the toothbrush in a circular motion.

Step 4: Rinse your vintage hat until its clean with no more dishwashing soap on the cap.

Step 5: With your towel, pat the hat down and get as much moisture out as possible.

Step 6: Insert into the hat an item such as a hat washer, another towel, or plastic bags. This way, your hat will maintain its shape while drying.

Step 7: Place your hat in a cool, dry place. Allow to air dry, or use a blow dryer on the cool setting to speed up the process. A traditional fan would work too, as long as its cold air.

Never use hot water on a vintage hat, as the colors will bleed out. Mild bleach is traditionally used for tough stains, although this can be harsh on the material.

Proper Care Tips for Your Vintage Hat and Snapback

Vintage hats and snapbacks tend to have unique shapes. Maintaining the shape of your hat requires unusual items inserted into the cap, such as round appliances, plastic bags, or towels.

Hat washers are sold in stores or thrift shops to maintain the shape and protect your hat, despite its use for the washing machine.

Vintage Snapback Hat Washing Cage

Using starch or hairspray after cleaning your hat can put the cap back into its original shape, especially vintage snapbacks. Make sure an item is on the inside, as the hat will take the form of those items while the starch or hairspray sets.

If you have an extensive collection, a hat rack may be a good investment, as they will keep your hats in order and retain its shape.

Lastly, a lint roller can remove debris as needed.