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The Captician X Dre616 - How to brush your baseball cap.

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his is the first in a series of cap care videos and blogs with the legendary Dre616 YouTube channel. Since 2017, Doug has consistently put out knowledgeable and fascinating videos for all things related to the cap community. We have joined forces to bring to you the best cap care methods and tips to help you keep your collection on point.

We shall start the series with the often overlooked, yet essential part of the maintenance and cleaning process….brushing!

Why it's important to brush your caps?

Brushing is an important and quick cap maintenance task that prevents dust, lint, hair and soil particles from building up on the fabric. When left on the cap, they can become ingrained and attract more dirt, so you will have to clean it more often. Brushing a cap after each use and storing it away will keep it looking its best for longer.

The best cap brush for the job.

Not all brushes are created equal. Only use a brush that has the right bristle stiffness for your cap. Too hard and the fabric can snag, too soft and it won’t properly remove the lint and debris. The brush that comes with the full Captician kit is suitable for all fabric types.

Correct brushing technique.

There are a few key things to remember when you're brushing. Firstly, brush with the grain of the fabric. The ‘grain’ is the lines you can see if you look closely at the fabric.

Secondly, always brush away from the cap. Be sure to use firm and even strokes. Avoid scrubbing the cap as this can result in fading and a fuzzy appearance.

Instructions - How to brush your baseball cap.

Inside of the cap

Step 1 - Inside of the crown.

Gently hold the crown with the inside of the cap facing towards you. Brush from the center of the crown, where the underside of the button is, in an outward motion. Do this for each of the inside panels.

Step 2 - Unfold the sweatband.

Unfold the sweatband so the underneath is exposed. This area of the cap is often missed and is where hair and lint can build up.

Step 3 - Brush behind.

Starting from one point brush away from the cap until you return back to the start. Be sure to thoroughly brush between any of the excess folds of fabric behind the sweatband.

Step 4 - Fold down and brush.

Fold the sweat band back down. Brush away any remaining debris from the correct side of the band.

Step 5 - Under visor.

Once the inside of the crown and both sides of the sweatband are complete, the final step for the inside is to brush the underside of the visor.

Outside of the cap

Step 6 - Top of the crown to the bottom.

Ideally, use a mannequin head or an object to provide a stable form, although the cap can be brushed freehand.  Start brushing from the top of the cap at the button. To avoid going over the same area, brush each panel of the crown individually.

Step 7 - Crevice between crown and brim.

An area that gets missed is the space where the crown and the visor joins. Give this section some attention.

Step 8 - The finale - Top of the visor.

The Final stage is to brush the top side of the brim. The brim is handled the most, often with dirty hands, so don’t rush this area.

Take an overall look of the cap, just incase anything was missed.

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