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3 Ways To Clean Your Cap

There are several methods you can use when it comes to cleaning your cap, all of which do not involve putting it in the washing machine. Knowing the type of fabric and how dirty your cap is will help you choose the best cleaning method for your cap.

NOTE: Before cleaning your caps, make sure you always check the care label first to avoid unwanted mishaps.

Hand Washing

Washing your cap by hand is the most effective and safest way to clean your cap. This method is best suited for baseball caps, wool, and hand-knitted caps.

  1. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water.
  2. Add a few drops of mild detergent to the water- laundry detergent, liquid dish soap or mild shampoo- making sure the water isn’t too soapy.
  3. Grab an old toothbrush or cloth and spot clean the dirtiest areas of the hat first with the soapy water, before moving onto the other areas of the cap.
  4. Let the cap soak in the soapy water for a few minutes up to a few hours.
  5. Rinse the cap off with cold water and gently squeeze to remove excess water.
  6. Let the cap air dry indoors, away from sunlight and tuck a hand towel inside the cap to keep it’s shape. 

Spot Treating

Spot cleaning is another safe cleaning method and is best used for caps made out of delicate fabrics, like leather and suede caps.

  1. Dab the cap gently with a damp washcloth from a mixture of water and mild detergent or dish soap. If your cap has a tough stain on it, try a natural stain remover as these are more gentle for the fabric. 
  2. After spot treating, allow the cap to air dry in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight.

Dry Cleaning

For non-washable caps, dry cleaning is the best way to get them cleaned. You can invest in a home dry cleaning kit or take your cap to a professional dry cleaner.


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The Right Way To Care For Your Suit

You splashed out a bit of money for a prestige suit and now you have to ensure it is well maintained or it won’t be worth the money you spent on it.

Follow these easy tips to make your suit last longer:

  • Avoid regular trips to the dry-cleaners

A key cleaning tip is to not have your suit dry cleaned regularly unless absolutely necessary. Instead, use a damp cloth to spot clean any dirty areas rather than the whole suit. A trip to the dry cleaners (or a scheduled pick up from Laundryheap) is suitable only when: a tough stain occurs, there’s visible dirt or built up odour.

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  • Use a brush and lint roller

The fabric on suits can accumulate particles of dust, dirt or lint from the environment which, if left over time, will cause damage to the fabric. Invest in a brush and occasionally use with a lint roller to remove the debris. Use in a careful, downward motion.

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  • Use the right hanger

Do avoid using wired hangers. Stick to using a wooden or thick plastic hanger that will take the shape of the suit shoulders. This way, it will keep it in a good shape and promote longevity of the suit.

Always remember to hang your suit when you’re not using it!

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  • Steam, don’t iron!

Steaming is a great way to remove creases and wrinkles on suits. Unlike ironing, it’s a delicate method that won’t damage the fibres.

Caution: when steaming, avoid the chest area to maintain the shape of the internal canvas.

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  • Use a garment bag

If you’re on the go and you need to carry your suit with you, use a garment bag to keep it in good shape. It’s easy to carry, light and breathable for your suit. Plus, you don’t have to fold it.

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No Stain – No Pain! Unusual Stain Removers

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Are you familiar with that sinking feeling in your gut when you accidentally spill some red wine on your favourite pastel coloured cocktail dress? Well, no need to stress next time. Here are some unusual, quick-fix remedies for removing stains without too much hassle.

  1. White Wine – Removes fresh red wine stains 

    Ironic as it seems, white wine acts as a neutralising agent for red wine. It disbands the anthocyanin compounds which are responsible for causing the red stains. Gently blot the excess liquid using a napkin or paper towel, before dabbing some white wine onto the affected area. Blot and repeat till the stain starts fading and follow it up with a regular wash.

  2. Baby Powder – Removes grease and oil stains 

    For grease and oil stains, especially from cooked food, sprinkle some talcum or baby powder onto the fabric taking care to cover the stain completely. The fine granules act as minuscule sponges and soak up the oil particles. Leave it on for approximately 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the stain. Use a toothbrush to gently brush off the powder. Take off as much as you can before soaking the cloth in warm water for a few minutes and running it through the usual laundry cycle thereafter.

  3. Milk – Removes ink stains 

    Got a leaky pen in your pocket? If you have some whole milk you have nothing to worry about! Simply soak the garment overnight in a bowl of milk, making sure that the stained portion is completely submerged. If there are slight traces of ink in the morning, gently rub the fabric to work out the stain. Then run it through the usual wash cycle. For better results, add some white vinegar to the milk. Milk is an emulsion which attracts both oil and water. Some inks with an oil-soluble base are therefore dissolved by the milk.

  4. Stale Bread – Removes dirt stains on suede 

    Use a slice of stale bread to lift surface grime and dirt off suede. Roll the slice into a ball and rub it over the affected area. Repeat the process till all the dirt is pulled out. Brush off the remaining crumbs with a toothbrush or makeup brush.

  5. Egg Yolk – Removes coffee stains 

    Yes, you read that right! Stubborn coffee stains can be completely removed by beating an egg and rubbing it into the stain with a sponge for a couple of minutes. Rinse the fabric with cold water and you have a stain-free garment in no time.

  6. Laundryheap Removes a wide variety of stains

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