In some conditions, white hats could be washed by hand together with some similar supplies. After figuring out your hats could be washed, then the most important thing is to determine which kinds of methods you would like to use, water, cleaning agents, a toothbrush or dish brush.

Step 1 Hat Examination

One should check a white hat ahead of wash and make sure whether stitches and brims would be ruined. It is no need to worry if a hat is made of choice material, durable stitching and a plastic brim. The washing method is not applicable to a hat made of cardboard visor, and those made of loose or flimsy stitching.

Figure out the material. One needs to figure out what the material is. The simplest methods is to check the tag or printing inside the hat. It could help you to figure out the material of a hat. Cotton, polyester, twill and wool are all washable.

Follow washing instructions. In general, washing instructions will be printed onto a tag, which designates the temperature, detergent, washer and even drying method. It’s essential to follow suit when one intends to wash a hat.

Ask a dry cleaner’s help. One could consider take a hat to a dry cleaner, and ask some suggestions. A safer choice is dry cleaning if you are not sure how to clean a hat.

A dishwasher may damage a hat, because of the high temperature of water and intense water impulses. The safest way is wash a hat by hand or bring it to a dry cleaner.

Wash a Beret Hat by Hand



Gather all your detergents. It needs a cup of hydrogen peroxide, a spoon of dish liquid and a scoop of Oxi Clean White Revive. Besides, one may need a sink or washtub to wash the hat. An old toothbrush is also necessary to remove tough stains.

Find a fit sink according to the fabric type. First, add lukewarm water to a sink, then one should add hydrogen peroxide and dish liquid. When a sink is about two thirds full, one should turn off the faucet and swish it around, promoting a complete mixing of detergents. A tablespoon of Woolite could be added to the sink with warm or cold water.

A Short Time Soaking

After swish around cleaning agents, one should submerge the whole hat into the sink, letting water permeating into the hat fully. First, a 10-15 minutes soaking is helpful to loosening tough stains. A wool hat may need longer soaking time, such as 60 minutes. Some tough stains could be scrubbed by an old toothbrush if hands could not clean some brims. For the purpose of preventing pilling of a wool beret, it could not be scrubbed by a toothbrush if it is made of wool.

Rinse the beret hat in water after a good wash. Please rinse it in warm water as much as possible. The last step is hang it on a clothesline, leaving it dry in the air.

Wash the soft hat with other similar clothes. Please gather some wool clothing and wash them at a time. It also could be washed with some similar clothes like blankets and sweaters. You can also pack a soft hat in a mesh laundry bag. Make sure all clothes washed with the soft hat are in similar colors, which will not soak up with other colors. A non-central agitator washer also could be used to wash a soft hat. Only some brimless hats could be washed by machine. Hats featuring a bill or other structural pieces only can be washed by hands.

A wool specific detergent is necessary. Ordinary detergents could damage fibers to a certain extent. Either Woolite or another mild detergents are ok. It should note that detergent could not pour to the wool hat directly, because some of them will damage fibers. Detergents should be sprinkled to water or added into water off a soft wool hat. Start the warm or cold water mode to heat water in a washing machine, reaching a certain temperature.

Shapes of wool hats or soft hats are possible being damaged by excessive hot water. So it is not adoptable to start a hot cycle when washing soft hats. It is important to make sure the soak, wash and rinse cycles are set in warm and cold mode. In other words, temperature of water should be 27 degrees Celsius or below. It’s safer to use cold water if it is difficult to control a specific temperature.

Choose the most gentle washing mode. Since flexibility and vulnerability of wool materials, they could be ruined easily. No matter which kind of washing machines you are using, one should choose the most gentle mode as much as possible.

Important Drying Methods

First, one needs to squeeze most water after finished washing. Then soak up excessive water with a dry towel. Repeat the process necessary until it is lightly damp only. The method is applicable to brimless hats only, because a bill or other structures will crush if they are rolled in a towel.

Lay it on a clean surface for natural drying. Do not dry it in a dryer, because such methods will severely damage the shape and material. After a short time, flip the soft hat over and then turn inside out until it is dried completely. Lay a small fan in the vicinity of the hat, keeping air around it. Wet hats could be dried faster while preserving their original colors and shapes.

Hang it on a clothesline or a hanger. One can dry it through another way — hang the hat up rather than lying it on a flat surface. In this way, a clothespin or a hook may be useful to fix it on them. Indoor clotheslines would be better, because of avoiding direct strong sunlight for a long time.

A better method is to wear it before complete drying. For the sake of the special material, the shape may be changed slightly.

Similar to other items in your wardrobe, BERETHAT will also get dirty after a short term. It should note that a wool beret needs gentle washing, otherwise the original shape and colour may be damaged severely. For some wool beret with bills and brims of some kind, it is necessary to wash them by hand in warm water. Besides, a mild detergent is inevitable in protecting the material of a beret hat. A wool beret could be washed by machine in a gentle mode. Hand washing is often the safer option, compared with other methods.

Pour luckwarm water to a basin. At first, one should find a big enough container to wash the beret hat. Either of them is ok, such as a tub or a basin. Clean the container at first, keeping your headpiece away from potential pollution. Then add luckwarm water to the container, or mix hot water and cool water together, keeping water temperature roughly at 65℉-80℉ or 18℃-27℃ or less. In general, such a temperature is equivalent to room temperature.

It is dangerous to use hot water roughly above 90℉ or 32℃, which will damage wool fibers. Then dip the dirty headgear into warm water, and make sure no water will overflow. A little salt could be added into water to avoid its fading.

A wool specific detergent would be better. Some detergents are designed for wool specifically, such as Woolite or Persil Silk & Wool, which are mild enough for wool berets cleaning. A small amount is enough for headgear, leaving detergents dissolving into water totally. After complete dissolution of powder detergents, then add the hat to water. Some mild detergents are also accessible to wash wool berets like Baby detergent Dreft and detergent for sensitive skin All Free Clear.

Submerge the wool beret into water, and flip it over to make sure the hat is soaked into water completely. It may need one minute or even longer time, which depends on the thickness of a wool beret. Prior to rub a wool beret slightly, one should make sure all sides having been wet.

Slightly massage for a few minutes would be better. In order to let water and detergents permeate into a wool beret totally, one needs squeeze the hat and rub such fibers. In addition, the inside also needs to clean totally. Stubborn stains could be cleaned with a toothbrush. Perhaps fibers could be damaged easily, so harsh brush and hard strokes should be avoided as much as possible. Besides, do not stretch a wool beret when wash it, because such behaviors may damage its shape.

A 20-30 minutes soak. Leaving a good-washed wool beret in water for further soaking. Some stubborn stains could be loosen in the process. In the event that you would like to soak it in clean water, one also could change a basin of water and add some detergents once again.

At last, it should be rinsed with cold water. Let cold water permeate the entire wool beret.