Admit it, denims are versatile. A decent pair of jeans should be an essential item in every man’s wardrobe. Denims are the most popular part of the latest men’s fashion trends. From skinnies to bootcut or straight, there’s a lots of style variations that you can wear. As the most popular and convenient piece of clothing in your collection, you generally want them to last literally forever.
Usually, denims do last for a long time. However, if you take care of them properly, you can keep them as new as they were whey you bought them. In this article I will share some simple hacks, that will make your best pair of jeans last longer than usual.
Do not Wash Them Too Often
Everyone hates doing laundry. At least I do. If you are a college student and have thousands of different important things to do than laundry, then I have a good new for you. Yes, don’t need to wash your jeans too often. Washing jeans too often will fade the color too quickly and you certainly not want that.
Not washing your jeans often might scare you if you are “clean-freak”. However, a small amount of dirt and a bit of body oil won’t kill you. A slight dirtiness in your jeans will give it a rugged look which is damn sexy.
Nevertheless, if you own a stretched jeans, you might need to wash them regularly to keep them in shape. Check out this in-depth article to know more about how to wash jeans.
Always Use Cold Water to Wash Jeans
If dirty jeans make you cringe or if there’s any stains go ahead and wash your jeans. Denims, as a fabric, are by nature tough material. However, just make sure you use cold water instead of hot or warm wash. Cold water keep them away from fading. Also turn your jeans inside out. In this way, the color will stay unfaded for a very long time.
When you wash your jeans for the first time, just add two spoons of salt. Salt will help setting up the dye in the fabric.
Hand Wash Your Denims
If you have a little time spare, I strongly recommend you wash your jeans by hand. This is the best method to make denims last longer. Fill your sink or basin with cold water and then just a few drops of mild detergents. You can also use a bit of softeners if you are hand washing them for the first time.
Turn your jeans inside out as suggested before and then drip them in the water. You don’t necessarily need to scrub them unless they are too dirty and got some stains here and there. Let them sit for about an hour then rinse off with cold water.
Here we go, they become as good as new. It wasn’t that hard, right?
Do Not Tumble Dry Your Denims
Air drying is the best method for all kind of fabrics. Its also applicable for denims. Tumble drying may save you some time, but it also reduces the life expectancy of your jeans.
Instead if tumble drying, just hand them indoor or alternatively, if weather is good and there’s enough sunlight, you can also air dry them outside. This will help to preserve the color of your denim. If you are drying them inside, just place an old towel under your drying rack to save you floor from color stains.
Air dried jeans become a bit stiff afterward, but they will become soft after worn for couple of hours.
If air drying is impossible for you (assuming you live in a small studio, shared apartment or hostel) then tumble dry them in the lowest possible heat setting.
Do Not Use Bleach
You may love your Clorox Bleach, but can damage your favorite pair of denim. Bleaching cause chemical reaction with the dye in the fabric and it can also cause harm to the yarn.
If you got any stains in your jeans, just wash them in a regular washing machine with lukewarm water. Try to avoid bleach by any means. Bleaching can destroy the original color entirely and you might end up having a strange colored jeans. Be careful!
Avoid Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning is time saving. Its always tempting to toss your dirty clothes in neighborhood dry cleaner and get them back look fresh and pretty. But, the chemicals that they use in dry cleaning can permanently damage the fabric. Dry cleaning makes the fabric weaker and helps to fade them easily. It can also add some glossy effect which you might not want to have.
Alternatively, after hand washing your denims, you can steam iron them to make them feel and look fresh. Steam iron will help the fabric to get rid of any odors.
Well, now you know 5 simple yet effective ways to make your jeans last longer than usual. Hopefully, you will apply all those hacks next time. Some of them can be a little time consuming, but trust me, you will end up saving a lot of money.