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#1 drscott266

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 09:47 AM

Does anyone have any fixes for when a golf hat gets that white sweat mark near where the brim meets the hat?  I have had too many good hats look terrible after only 2 or 3 rounds in the summer time, because they get the nasty white sweat stains where the hat sits on my forehead.  I am just hoping that someone may have a solution for this, other than throwing the hat away.  I dont think you can wash them, as most hats have cardboard brims, which i believe would get destroyed if i washed it.  Any thoughts?


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Posted 20 July 2007 - 10:02 AM

i know this sounds really stupid, but it hasn't failed me yet...wear it in the shower for like 5min.  then keep it on til it gets dry, or dryish.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 10:05 AM

With a new hat before it is stained get some "Hat Saver", our local Roger Dunn stocks it, it prevents the stains happening, as for how to get them out once they are in, no idea, I have just trashed mine.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 10:07 AM

Thanks for the advice!

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 10:08 AM

I wash all of mine in the dishwasher, I spray them pretty heavily with spray in wash and scrub, then let them set for a couple hours. I then just place them in the dishwasher with detergent and run.  I can usually do this 4-5 times per hat.  Never had any problems with the bills, just hang to dry.


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Posted 20 July 2007 - 10:17 AM

I generally just put the hat under hot water as soon as I get home before the sweat has a chance to dry, then I'll hang it by the strap on the back to dry.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 10:19 AM

Also, most hats have hard plastic brims now.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 09:42 PM

Dishwasher is a good tip.  Lids (or another hat store, eastbay maybe) sells a plastic holder to put your hat in while it washes in the dishwasher to keep its shape.   I put mine in the dishwasher as soon as I get a new hat to soften it up a bit.

OT - I have found that putting a new hat in the ocean works best to break it in.  Unfortunately, I live in Cleveland, so that is a rare occasion.

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 11:18 AM

View Postheybrady, on Jul 20 2007, 10:42 PM, said:

I live in Cleveland


My condolences.

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 11:33 AM

View Postheybrady, on Jul 20 2007, 10:42 PM, said:

Dishwasher is a good tip.  Lids (or another hat store, eastbay maybe) sells a plastic holder to put your hat in while it washes in the dishwasher to keep its shape.   I put mine in the dishwasher as soon as I get a new hat to soften it up a bit.

OT - I have found that putting a new hat in the ocean works best to break it in.  Unfortunately, I live in Cleveland, so that is a rare occasion.
Yeah, but how many other people can say "We've set our River on fire!".  Ocean or not, that's what makes us cool!

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 06:48 PM

what is the bill of a new titleist hat made of.

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 06:53 PM

I normally buy a new hat ever couple of weeks regardless. And I try to keep the darker colored ones for the wintertime. And typically only wear khaki hats in the summertime. Khaki hats are less likely to show sweat stains as easily as other colors.

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 11:26 PM

I have two of the titleist trucker hats and have washed both successfully so I would say that the bills are plastic.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:09 PM

washing machine with like colors.  no kidding.
no dryer, wear it for 5 or 10 minutes when it comes out, then hang it by the strap to let it dry.
works every time.
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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:37 PM

I stumbled across a good way to clean my hats.  grabbed an old stained one heading out to the pool with my daughter.
got it wet, and stayed in for about a half hour.  
WAALLLAA, all the sweat marks are gone!!  I have now done this with about 15 hats.  only the toughest dirt stains don't come out.
I'm thinking it's the chlorine that does the work, all I know is that I where the hat until its pretty dry, set it on the table to finish and its perfect.
And I don't get the shrinking I get from the dishawasher or washing machine.
good luck


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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:44 PM

View Postminitour, on Jul 21 2007, 09:33 AM, said:

View Postheybrady, on Jul 20 2007, 10:42 PM, said:

Dishwasher is a good tip.  Lids (or another hat store, eastbay maybe) sells a plastic holder to put your hat in while it washes in the dishwasher to keep its shape.   I put mine in the dishwasher as soon as I get a new hat to soften it up a bit.

OT - I have found that putting a new hat in the ocean works best to break it in.  Unfortunately, I live in Cleveland, so that is a rare occasion.
Yeah, but how many other people can say "We've set our River on fire!".  Ocean or not, that's what makes us cool!

HAHa, I remember that (Columbus, OH). The plastic hat holder and dishwasher is the way to go. Put the hat in the holder on the top rack. Leave in holder and hang on a knob in the shower to dry. Restores even white hats and they keep their shape.

Edited by ApexGrind, 24 July 2007 - 02:45 PM.





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