Denim Care Part 2 – Washing Your Jeans

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Washing_DenimYou’ve worked hard to get those jeans to fit just right but now it’s time for a wash.

It is widely suggested that denim should not be cleaned in the washing machine.  Denim is a finicky material and the wash will often shrink your jeans.  This can be frustrating after you have stretched them to the perfect fit.

In order to not fade color or stretch the fabric, there are a couple of options.  Febreeze is a great tool to get rid of odor, but many designer jean aficionados put their denim in the freezer to deodorize. Simply put them in a Ziploc bag, stash them in the freezer and go.

Sound strange?  You may opt to hand wash your jeans in the bathtub.  Fill with warm water and add a small amount of mild detergent.  Soak for about an hour and hang dry.  While the denim made fade a bit, the jeans will not lose their shape like they would in the machine.

If you must wash the jeans in a machine, be sure to turn them inside out. This will prevent fading of the color. Always wash jeans in cold water and wash separately from other clothing articles, as the denim tends to bleed.  (Be sure to treat your denim stains before putting them in the wash).

Some denim brands suggest that you should dry clean only. Always be sure to check the care tag inside your jeans before trying any care methods.  Remember, the better care you take of your jeans, the longer they will last.

Also See:  How to Dry Your Denim

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