Taking Care of Denim

Spending a lot on designer denim?  The beauty about spending a little more for your wardrobe staple is that with some TLC, they can last you a long time.  And don’t just take our word for it, try it yourself and see if it makes a difference to the life of your favorite denim.

Let’s start with the obvious, try to wash only when necessary.  Less wash means less agitation on your denim..  Then let’s get in the details for those of us who simply have to wash our denim on a regular basis.  When you do wash, don’t forget to take the time to wash them inside out.  This way there is less friction during wash on the outside of your jean, where you want the color to stay as true as possible to the original purchase color.  Washing inside out also helps to preserve any additional details on the denim.  Also, when selecting your wash temperature, wash in cold.  Cold water washing will help to prevent shrinking that perfectly fit jean.  If you have stains on your denim, try spot treating separately and then throw in a cold water wash.  Choose a delicate cycle to help create a mild agitation during the cycle.  And wash with only other denim, unless the washes are very different from one another.  For example, don’t add a very light wash denim with a dark indigo wash as the light wash denim may darken from the dye of the darker pair.

When it comes to soaps, use a mild detergent.  Detergents without perfumes and dyes will do the job just fine for getting your jeans back to ‘clean’.  When it comes to soap, sometimes less is more and this is the case with denim.  The denim manufacturers have taken a great deal of time and care to perfect that ideal wash for the denim, introducing it to less chemicals will only help to preserve the wash.  Make sure that you add the soap and let it mix properly with the water so that you don’t have any soap residues on your jeans when the cycle is complete.  Again, using less will also help with this area as well.

Lastly, once the delicate cycle is complete, hang dry your jeans in indirect sunlight.  This is a key factor to preserving your denim.  The extreme heat from the dryer will do a great job of fading that beautiful wash and shrinking your well spent denim.  Although, air drying doesn’t result in the soft feel that a dryer will, once you wear your jeans, the fibers will loosen up and it will soften while you wear.  Or if you just can’t bear to slide back into your jean while a little stiff then throw your dry jeans inside out into the dryer for a few minutes on a low heat setting to soften them up. And tada!

And one last tip, don’t forget to wash your brand new denim separately to avoid color transfer and before you get them hemmed or tailored.  Some jeans will shrink ever so slightly after the first wash, so let’s get that out of the way before we go ahead and make additional changes to the jean.  This will help to ensure a perfect, custom fit for your body…and really isn’t that what part of designer denim is all about the other part being the impeccable style?  Although, we pay a bit more for designer denim, it is well worth it.  With a little extra care, the jean will be worth the money with time.  I’ve had some of my designer jeans for years and they look just as great today as they did when I first bought them.  Paying a little more for designer is a given, but when it comes to preserving the color and maintaining the quality, well, less is more.

Let us know if this article was helpful to you and if you have any tips that you would like to share!

4 Responses to “Taking Care of Denim”
  1. Suz says:

    Have you tried the Laundress Denim wash in your photo? If so, would you recommend it?

    • Song says:

      Hi Suz! We recently discovered this little gem and am happy to say that they have a complete collection of specialty detergent that we are eager to test out. We’ll keep you updated on our findings as we continue to wash and compare with our other mild detergents 🙂

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