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Since time immemorial, hats have been used by people as a head covering to protect themselves against the elements. But apart from being a protective gear, hats are also used as a fashion statement to indicate style. When you're riding your motorcycle or any other vehicle, you can always wear a good hat that will help protect you from anything under the sun.whether it's harmful UV rays, rain, snow, wind, etc. Hats come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and designs that you can always choose from, depending on where you're going to wear it. And since they are made to provide protection, they also need to be maintained and preserved. Here's a quick and general guide on how to clean and maintain hats.

Washing Hats 101

If you frequently wear a hat every time you ride, you need to make sure that it's kept clean at all the time. Here are some tips on how you can keep it clean.

1. Read the label. Before washing the hat, locate its label and read the washing instructions. If the label doesn't provide a guide, go to company or brand website of your hat and look for the instructions there.

2. Go the brand's website. If the hat's label or company website doesn't provide clear or direct instructions, the best thing that you could do is wash the hat by hand.

3. Treat it like a regular. If you're going to use a dishwasher to clean a hat, put it on the rack like a regular bowl or kitchen utensil.

4. Dry it properly. You can use a blow dryer to dry your hats but air drying is also recommended. Make sure that you don't use a clothes dryer as this can shrink or distort the shape and form of the hat.

5. Use anti-bacterial air freshener. If you don't have time to wash your hats, see to it that you spray them with some anti-bacterial air freshener every once in a while to keep them clean and fresh.

Removing Hat Stains

Over time, sweat and dirt can buildup and cause hats to get stained. Apart from that, these stains can also be caused by accidentally spilling liquids, etc. Here's a quick guide on how to remove hat stains.

Step 1: Before you begin, check the label or tag that's attached to hat and read the list of materials used to make the hat as well as the washing instructions that you should follow to clean it. Take note that hats made of wool may require extra attention.

Step 2: Before you use a detergent or stain remover, make sure that you test it beforehand by dabbing it on a hidden area in the hat. If the color of that spot doesn't change, then it should be safe to use.

Step 3: When washing the hat using a washing machine, spray the detergent directly onto the stained area. Note that cotton, jersey blends, and wool hats need cold water during the wash.