This is often asked, hand washing is the deal..but be careful, the peak is very fragile, keep that dry
CLEANING A WOOL FLAT CAP OR NEWSBOY CAP
Basically, you must hand wash a wool or linen cap.
Some say to dry clean on the
I have seen many shrunken caps after being dry cleaned.
You must hand wash, despite what the label says.
Put a couple liters of warm water and a small amount of Woolite (about a couple of thimbles full) into a sink.
While keeping the brim out of the water, wash the back of the cap, working your way forward toward the front.
Give the front and the lining a good wash near the forehead to get rid of the built up salt from sweat.
Washing only the inside ribbon sweatband and lining,is important; it is where most of the grime
builds up...the rest of it doesn’t make contact w the head, so I skip it, avoiding the peak is the idea.
If you feel you need to clean the peak, you can..but while wet, if u bend it, it will crack, so handle it with care while wet.
Douse the brim with a couple handfuls of water to get rid of the lint, but just give
it a light wash, not letting the water permeate deep into the cardboard peak..Replacing the visor board
Inside is expensive and it’s impossible to find places who still do it.
I prefer avoiding the peak, but if u must wash it, do not bend it at all.
Rinse the soap out, do not wring it or twist it aggressively.
Hang it out to dry in a cool spot, out of the sun, away from heat sources, including hot rooms, crack a window, cold is better than heat.
Lay it on a towel to dry,making the shape of the cap as best as u can w your hands,it’ll dry in the shape u leave it in.
If the peak is wet..
Hang it by the brim so the water drops from the back.
When it is totally dry, if it appears at all wrinkled, bring it in to us to be steamed.
Steaming is always free.
You can get a big ball of tissue, steam it from the outside ,while rubbing away wrinkle on the inside with the tissue.. the tissue ball keeps your hands from getting burnt.
The cap will come out looking new, but the brim will only be slightly softer if it has
if it has a plastic brim, it will be as stiff as before.
I like to avoid washing the cardboard brims as much as I can.
A small minority of these caps has plastic peaks, not cardboard, usually the better Irish Caps.
these are way easier to wash, since the cardboard peak can easily soften or split.
Be careful with the peak/brim of the cap, only plastic brims can be scrubbed,
other brims should be washed as little as possible.
My preference is to simply wash the inside ribbon or ‘sweatband”, this is the only
part that really makes contact with the skin, and is usually the only part that
I usually just flip the inside band back, take a tiny dab of Woolite
and a small fingernail brush, and scrub the front half of the band that touches my
forehead. Afterwards, I rinse the band free of any soap and let the cap dry
hanging by its brim, away from heat or sun
Good luck, hat wearers..u can always try a test on a hidden corner, see how it dries, then do the whole hat later on the next day.
and no leather or suede, this is for wool, cotton, linen..try this at your own risk, hand washing is something best left to someone w experience, if your wife or neighbor or (whoever) washes their own sweaters and clothing, they have some experience, it’ll probably be better asking for help..any hand washing takes a couple of go-rounds to really get good at it.
Using my 60th anniversary Strat which was given to me by childhood friend
Scott.. it’s nicknamed, Excalibur and really is a beautiful, soulful sounding guitar.. I’m still learning to use a Strat, which is new for me.. it’ll take time.
I’m enjoying the learning process though, what a special gift.. the prior owner obsessed over photos of Hendrix and adjusted the pickup height and angles exactly like Jimi did, it sounds really Jimi-ish
If that isn’t a word, it should be, Jimi-esque!