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Washing Your Jeans
Have you ever asked yourself when it's time to wash your jeans? If you’ve talked to any denim heads in your life, you’ve probably been told to minimize the amount of times that you wash your jeans. Although this advice holds a lot of truth, it doesn't really answer the question, does it?
Washing your jeans is the fastest way to deteriorate its shape and colour so it is important to know when it's time to give them a rinse.
But with that being said...
Make sure you know when your jeans just need a little spot cleaning, or if its time to put them through the wash.
If all you're dealing with are a couple dirty stains here and there, simply spot clean your denim with a bit of washing powder and cold water.
Spot cleaning not enough? If your jeans have considerable stains on them and/or are starting to smell, maybe it's time to give them a proper wash. Here is how it's done.
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How to Wash Regular Jeans
Washing your jeans frequently will result in fading, stiffness, and loss of shape. When spot cleaning won’t do anymore, here is how to wash your selvedge jeans properly:
- Turn them inside out as this will minimize colour loss
- Either put your machine on cold wash, or hand wash them with cold water. Keep it on a short cycle.
- Dry them flat (DO NOT PLACE IN DRYER)
Pro Tip: There are plenty of fragrance-free and enzyme-free denim detergents such as Mr Black Denim Wash which can be a safer substitute to regular detergent. Otherwise, we recommend using regular Woolite for your lighter coloured jeans and Woolite Dark when washing your darker coloured denim to help retain colour.
How To Wash Raw Denim
When it comes to washing raw denim, the process is slightly different. Remember that with your raw denim, the goal is to retain as much colour and let the fabric take shape on its own. This is why it's especially important to be diligent when washing raw denim.
Wear your jeans for as long as possible before the first wash (~6 months of near daily wear)
- Fill your bathtub with cold water.
- Turn your jeans inside out and submerge them with some mild detergent.
- Lightly rub the fabric in order to let the detergent soak into the fabric
- Rinse with cold water until all the detergent is washed out
- Lay the jeans on top of a dark coloured towel and squeeze out as much water as you can
- Hang to dry (DO NOT PLACE IN DRYER)
...and thats it!
- Try to spot clean as much as possible before putting your jeans through a wash
- Washing your jeans frequently will result in faster colour loss and deterioration
- Wear your jeans (especially raw denim) as long as possible before the first wash
- NEVER PUT THEM IN THE DRYER
- If you're hang drying outside, do not leave them under direct sunlight