CAP CARE

Our caps are a combination of fine fabrics and great craftsmanship, all designed to last. Like any other garment, it should be well taken care of. By continuous cleaning and care, you can increase the longevity and wear of your cap which benefits both you and the environment! We are breaking down how we recommend caring for your cap based on the material it is made of.

A few good general rules to start are:

Cap Travel - The construction and fit are key elements of our caps. It is important that you maintain the cap’s shape as well as possible. To achieve this, we recommend avoiding adding any unnecessary weight to your cap that could alter its shape. When travelling, we recommend using our travel case to ensure your cap looks the same when you arrive at your destination as it did when you departed.

Rinse & Repeat - Always look after your cap following excessive use and sweating. If your cap comes in contact with sweat, chlorinated pool water or other chemicals, it may experience discoloration, in which case it is important that you remove these liquids as soon as possible. If you use your cap for activities, we recommend selecting a more technical fabric such as our Sports Series or Seaqual Series, that can be easily rinsed and washed after use.

Washing Tips - Some models can be hand washed, but it is critical to use cold water and a mild textile detergent without bleach (study the care label inside the cap first). Dry the cap by filling it out with a towel to help maintain the beautiful shape and avoid wrinkles. Keep away from direct heat such as radiators or sunlight while drying. PLEASE NOTE: Washing will affect the shine of the fabrics and can cause fuzzing or pilling. The viscose lining may also shrink during washing. Never machine wash your cap and always be sure to check the care label within the headband.

Varsity Headwear - Cap brush for cleaningWool, Cashmere and Alcantara Caps
Use a clean, moist cloth to wipe away any dirt or stains as soon as possible. Please note that stains, especially from sweat and chlorinated water, can discolor the fabric permanently if not removed quickly. We do not recommend washing this type of cap by hand. Use a moist towel and a small brush to wipe dirt/stains away. If smell is an issue, hang the cap outside in fresh air for a few days to let the fabric naturally air out.

Linen, College and Sports Series
For all other caps, it is possible to hand wash our cap but you must follow these instructions carefully. It can be difficult to wash at home due to the many types of fabrics inside the cap but it is possible. When washing, use extra care and wash at your own risk. We cannot take any responsibility for caps damaged due to washing.

Submerge the whole cap into a bucket of room temperature water and use our Textile Soap or a suitable mild textile detergent without bleach or chemicals. Gently “work” the soap into the cap’s panels/seams and let it soak for approximately 1-2 hours. Then, make a second bucket of clean room temperature water and soak the cap there while you wash away all the soap and rinse thoroughly. Hang dry in a suitable place and uphold the beautiful shape using a small towel or similar inside the cap while drying. Keep away from direct heat such as radiators or sunlight while drying. Check out our full video here.

Varsity Headwear - Oilskin WaxOilskin
We recommend applying our Reproofing Oilskin Wax to your cap as soon as you can see that the wax has dried up. To do so, heat the tin of wax in a bowl of hot water. Then, clean your cap with a cold, moist towel (no soap) and use a clean cloth or sponge to work the wax thoroughly into the fabric, paying attention to seams, creases and dry patches. Make sure that the wax is evenly spread and use a hair dryer in order to even if the wax spreads out. Hang your cap in a warm room to dry overnight.

As always, if you have any questions about how to care for your cap, our team is here to help. Send us an email to hello@varsityheadwear.com.