They’re prone to some sweat and dirt, here’s how to clean your hats to keep them in top shape.

October 30, 2017

Whether wearing one in winter to keep your body warm or donning one in the summertime to ward against the rays, hats are a necessary part of every season’s wardrobe. But, have you considered how to clean these well worn accessories (or even washed them before)? Certified housecleaning technician, author, and blogger at unclutter.com, Donna Smallin Kuper, gives us her tips for taking care of these everyday items. First thing’s first: consider the material (is it knit, straw, cotton, embellished?) Once you’ve done that, note the structure (is it loose and floppy or starchy and rigid?). Now, follow these guidelines below based on what you find—some can be cleaned in a washing machine, while others require a spot cleaning. Kuper even suggests some products to keep on hand that can revive a beloved, but worn hat. If you stay vigilant about their upkeep, they will serve you well for years to come.

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