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How to Wash & Maintain Corduroy Hats

How to Wash and Maintain Your Corduroy Hats

Corduroy is the fashion-favorite for fall. But that does not mean you have to keep your corduroy hats in the closet until the next fall— you can wear them any season. In fact, corduroy is one textile that never falls out of the fashion charts. And since you can wear it all year, you would want to keep your hats clean and shiny.

That is the very reason why we have this article. It will tell you everything and anything you would like to know about washing and maintaining your corduroy hat. If that is what brought you here, we will not disappoint you.

But before we get to the main subject, let us get first things out of our way.

Corduroy: what is it?

It is a soft, durable, and tough material that has become a mainstay favorite in the fashion industry lately. It makes a variety of garments including clothing and hats. The good news about owning corduroy hats is that you can do all the washing at home.

How to wash corduroy hats

As it custom with washing any clothing, you should start by looking at the washing instructions on the hat’s label. It is there where you can find the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to wash your hats the best way. One of the things that the label will tell is whether to use machine wash or hand wash.

If yours is an old corduroy hat, check if it has a cardboard visor. It is only the new crop of hats that have a plastic visor.

Here are the general steps you should follow when washing your corduroy hats:

  • Have the color at the back of your mind when you are deciding on temperature settings. For dark corduroy, use cold water and set a mild washing cycle. If your hat has a pastel color, it is fine if you use warm water. However, stick to what the hat label says. Moreover, remember to wash dark colors separate from the bright ones.
  • It is advisable to tumble dry your hats on very low heat then hang them to dry in the open air. If you like, you can air-dry them first before tumble drying them for 10 or so minutes. Always remember to keep the heat at a minimal level. Using the second approach leaves your hat smooth and gentle on your skin. The reason why you should keep your corduroy hat from excessive heat is that the material tends to shrink at the brim.
  • If you are using a dryer, make sure you shake off the hat before you hang it to dry.

One more thing, corduroy has a tendency to easily pick up lint. If your hat ends up getting lint, use the appropriate brush to get rid of it before you begin the washing.

Tips for corduroy hat maintenance

Thanks to its smooth nature, corduroy is an easy pick for spots, wrinkles and shrinking. Therefore, you have to be careful about how you handle your hat. Here are a few tips that will make sure your corduroy hats stay in shape and clean all the time:

  • Do not expose your hats to high temperatures
  • Keep your hats in their own space or box. Use a vinyl cover to prevent dust, odor, and stains from getting to your beautiful headwear.
  • Shield your hats from unnecessary moisture


If you love hats, chances are you have a few pieces of corduroy in your closet. While wearing them makes your fall comfortable, they will gather dirt with time. That is why we made it our duty to tell you how to wash and take care of your corduroy hats. There is nothing to stop you from wearing your hats clean every season.

Main Differences Between Beanies and Toboggan Hats

Main Differences Between Beanies and Toboggan Hats

We all know about beanies, but not so sure about toboggan hats. We remember the story of one of our friends. One day, she was in the company of her friends and it happened to be a very cold season. The friends were couples and with their young kids. Our friend mentioned that they should get a toboggan for their kid. She got a look that could freeze her alive. Apparently, there was no snow on the ground and the couples thought that our friend was out of her mind. They shot back asking why their young one would need a toboggan. Our friend told them the kid needed to stay warm in the cold weather. It dawned on our friend that the couples had a different meaning for “toboggan”. Later she realized a toboggan to them was a wooden sled. We were left in stitches of laughter by this story.

But again we realized how true this revelation was to a lot of people. The world over, a lot of people do not know toboggan as a hat but as a wooden snow vessel. Only a few know it as a type of cold-weather hat. Luckily, we are on the side of the few and we would like you to join that side. In this post, we’ll tell you what a Toboggan hat is. We will also do an in-depth comparison of beanie vs toboggan. It is time you shed off some of that ignorance by knowing the options you may have for headwear to beat the winter season.

With that out of our way, let us now get into the matter of the day.

What is a toboggan?

Toboggan is a winter hat and has its origin in the south of the USA. It is not just any other winter hat that is referred to as toboggan; it has to be a knit hat. It is also important to point out that toboggan, to New Englanders and a majority of northern USA, is a wooden sled.

In some other regions, a toboggan hat is also referred to as a beanie, snookie, Sherpa, watch cap, or burglar hat. We can all agree that there is a regional difference to the name and meaning of a toboggan, but we can all agree it is a type of a hat.

What is a beanie?

Beanies are brimless caps that tend to hug the head tightly when you wear them. Typically, beanies either have or do not have a visor. While beanies can be made from a range of materials, they mostly use cloth fabric and felt. In some rare instances, you will find beanies made of leather and silk. We feel that a beanie is the umbrella name for all winter hats. That means toboggan also falls under beanies.

Beanie vs toboggan

A lot of people have a hard time drawing the line of difference between a beanie and a toboggan. If you are one of them, it is not your fault. The two winter hats are almost the same thing and in some quarters are used interchangeably. However, that does not mean there are no differences between the two. While beanie is the universal name for winter hats made from a plethora of materials, toboggan specifically refers to knitted winter hats. Of course, there is a convergence of the two in that knitted winter hats are also beanies but there is no way that a beanie can be a toboggan hat.


Final thoughts

Whether you call it a beanie or toboggan, it may have a lot to do with where you come from. But from us, we have shown you where the cutline is between the two. Beanies are the bigger group, while toboggans are a subset of the former. As you wear your winter hats, now you know what you are wearing. Do you want to stay posted on headwear fashion information? Keep it on this site and you will be the first to know.