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Posted: 11/2/2006 10:07:38 AM EDT
I have a hat that I really like and would like to clean it up, but I do not want to ruin it. What is the best way to do this?

James
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:11:31 AM EDT
[#1]
buy one of the cheap plastic things that keeps the shape and put the hat in the dishwasher.


A clean, old hat is useless though.  Good character comes from years of debris, dirt, blood, sweat, urine, more blood, some tears and some tears.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:12:14 AM EDT
[#2]
Spritz it with little seltzer!
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:13:03 AM EDT
[#3]

Quoted:
buy one of the cheap plastic things that keeps the shape and put the hat in the dishwasher.


A clean, old hat is useless though.  Good character comes from years of debris, dirt, blood, sweat, urine, more blood, some tears and some tears.


How do you get urine and tears on your hat?
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:13:16 AM EDT
[#4]
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:13:45 AM EDT
[#5]
Is it dirty on the outside or does it need an oil change?
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:14:59 AM EDT
[#6]
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:41:00 AM EDT
[#7]

Quoted:
Why dont you just buy a new one


Then he'd have to start a thread on which new baseball hat to get!
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:50:21 AM EDT
[#8]
Blood and hair will most likely embed into the lustrous grain of your higher-end bat.
Even when cleaned, DNA from bodily fluids can seep deep into that wonderful Ash.

I'd recommend a good surface scrubbing with a green-scrub pad, followed by a deep soak in bleach and then ammonia.

This will dry the Ash and distort its surface texture, so be sure to use a good oil to bring your bat back to a glossy, smooth surface.  You may have to refinish, as well.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:51:32 AM EDT
[#9]

Quoted:
Why dont you just buy a new one


I've got a couple nice older ones that aren't made anymore.

In my case, I didn't buy an extra "2002 Stanley Cup Champions" hat so now I need to clean the old one.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:55:36 AM EDT
[#10]

Quoted:
Blood and hair will most likely embed into the lustrous grain of your higher-end bat.
Even when cleaned, DNA from bodily fluids can seep deep into that wonderful Ash.

I'd recommend a good surface scrubbing with a green-scrub pad, followed by a deep soak in bleach and then ammonia.

This will dry the Ash and distort its surface texture, so be sure to use a good oil to bring your bat back to a glossy, smooth surface.  You may have to refinish, as well.


Hat with an H.

Should be able to get the evidence off my Chargers ball-cap after the last game with the Raiders though.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:03:24 AM EDT
[#11]
Place the hat on a Hippy's head.

Fill bucket with laundry detergent and Oxy-clean.

Dump bucket on Hippy.

Rinse repeatedly with 2,500 psi pressure washer.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:10:12 AM EDT
[#12]
Dishwasher or clothes washer (not dryer) and put a towel where your head goes to keep the shape.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:17:11 AM EDT
[#13]
Dishwashers work well.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:18:32 AM EDT
[#14]
Do what the guy says, get one of those plastic form things and put it in the dishwasher.  My dad, brother, and all their cap wearing friends do this.  The caps come out clean and crisp.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:19:40 AM EDT
[#15]
Are we talking dirt or blood splatters?
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:21:24 AM EDT
[#16]
soak in Oxyclean in the sink for a day. Hand wash with fresh Oxyclean. Let it drip dry hanging on the faucet. Dont use heat to dry, it will shrink.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:32:02 AM EDT
[#17]
I tuck the bill into the hat itself. Make the strap tight and wash. Works well for me.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:38:25 AM EDT
[#18]
Dive in the pool with it on.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:40:45 AM EDT
[#19]
I spray mine down with my favirite cleaner and place in the top rack of the dishwasher.  works everytime.  Let them air dry- no dryer...  
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:49:53 AM EDT
[#20]
This hat has character. Windsheild + telephone pole baby.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 12:00:43 PM EDT
[#21]
Drop in washing machine along with shirts or pants.

Allow to dry in one of those plastic, clamshell shaper thingies. Or, you can use a wadded up towel to keep the shape.
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