Finding the right pair of jeans to suit you can be difficult and some pairs are a significant investment. In order to protect your treasured denim it is vital to care for it well so simply throwing it into the washing machine and hoping for the best is not going to cut it. There are ways to keep your jeans just the way you like them without expending too much effort so here is what you need to do.
Treated or Untreated
Most jeans that are on the market today have been washed or treated in some way but you can source raw denim and this should be cared for in a different way. This denim needs to be broken in and should be worn for months before washing to relax the fibres and shape the garment to your body. Even treated denim is best washed as infrequently as possible as this will also shape to your form and washing degrades the fibres, fades the colour and can cause shrinkage.
Wear your jeans for as long as you can bear before you consider consigning them to the wash. Wait until there are visible stains which you cannot remove by spot cleaning or when the knees have started to sag. Washing will correct the knees are the fibres will tighten. If you have concerns about nasty niffs then hang them regularly in a steamy bathroom to freshen them up or put them in a sealed plastic bag and freeze them for a few days. Freezing kills off bacteria, stiffens the fibres and makes the jeans feel fresh again.
How to Wash
When it is time to launder your denim then hand wash in cool water or machine wash using a cool setting. The cooler the water the less the jeans will shrink. Always turn your jeans inside out before cleaning and add a littleto the wash if you want to preserve the colour. If you are using a machine wash jeans on their own as they are prone to leaching blue dye which will colour any other clothes in the machine.
It is best to hang up jeans to dry naturally but if you have to use a tumble dryer switch to a cool setting and remove your denim before it is completely dry. Hang them up or lay them flat to complete the drying process or if you have the time pop them on whilst a little damp and they will shape to your body as they dry. When your jeans are dry fold or hang them up immediately to avoid creases in the wrong places.
Denim needs to breathe so try to avoid storing your jeans in packed cupboards and drawers. It is no good trying to stuff them into an already crowded space as they need to be handled with care! Use hangers for your jeans or store them alone, folded and on shelves.
The right pair of jeans which are properly cared for will be a lasting staple in your wardrobe and a
great investment. or find you are wearing your boot cut jeans at half-mast! A little TLC will keep them looking like new and will maintain that perfect fit.
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