Denim 101 Guide is a series post focusing on everything denim!
The reason denim jeans are so popular is because they were made to last long. Jeans can last for years if the denim is properly taken care of by the owner. Denim can withstand harsh weather and multiple washing, however, it is also important to wear denim with care. Here are some important tips for proper denim care:
Most designers/manufacturers will include a ‘care’ tag on the back of clothing. For jeans, the care tag will be posted inside of the pants in the back (near the waist hemline). Most buyers of jeans ignore the care tag because they are use to washing their clothes a certain way. In some cases, if the jeans have extra dye in them, it can cause them to bleed onto other clothing while washing. Make sure to read instructions carefully and follow them 100%.
Turn The Jeans Inside Out
It also helps to turn jeans inside out for multiple reasons before washing. For one, they will be safer to wear, as the inside of the jean is what touches our body. Turning the jeans inside out before washing will allow the jeans to get cleaner and will decrease irritation. This will also reduce the bleeding of the dye which may be present on the jeans. Turning jeans inside out will also decrease wear and harsh friction on the material which can cause threads to become loose.
Wash in Cold Water
Washing jeans in cold water will stop the jeans from bleeding. Bleeding occurs mostly when the water is too hot. The high temperature strips the dye off of the jeans while they are being washed. This can cause the jeans to become faded and less appealing. Jeans are also better off being washed on the ‘delicate cycle’ since even the most expensive pair of jeans can be sensitive to the friction of the machine.
Use Gentle Detergent
Harsh detergents hold a lot of chemicals which can ruin the fiber of jeans. To get correct denim care, it is best to choose natural or organic detergents when washing jeans.
Air Dry Jeans
If possible, it is best to let the jeans air dry. This is because if the jeans are placed in a dryer, the high temperature can cause the jeans to shrink. This is especially true for jeans that have a ‘stretch’ fiber. If a dryer must be used, put the temperature on the lowest setting as possible.
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