Jeans are a prized possession for all denim lovers. They are always trending, in one form or another. They are sturdy and provide excellent comfort even when worn for long hours. Jeans are versatile and can be mixed and match with other apparel. You can also wear them for both casual and semi-formal occasions. So, how to take care of your jeans to avoid that weird too-worn look?
Your jeans need proper care to stay in good condition and serve you longer. The following guide isn't rocket science and it doesn't involve buying a ton of products, it include some hacks and tips you might have thought off.
Always Read the Label
We know, basic knowledge, right?! Well, not so much! A lot of people throw their jeans in the washer, or even worse, the dryer, without checking the label.
The most basic thing to do for maintaining your jeans is to read the label. The label contains important information relating to the wash process, ironing, and other care instructions. Reading it you will know the dos and don’ts for taking care of your jeans. If the label says you should skip the washer then by all means, skip the washer.
IMPORTANT: Machine washing or bleaching your jeans can severely damage them if the same is prohibited in the label.
It is best to wash your jeans less. Some swear it's best to avoid washing your jeans for the first three months. During this time, the jeans will properly adjust to your form. Washing jeans too frequently causes the fabric to weaken and the jeans also lose their shape.
If you notice small stains you can sprinkle water over it and scrub it with a soft cloth or brush. Washing your jeans too frequently will cause them to quickly fade along with experiencing some shrinkage.
If you notice an odor coming from your jeans, then pack them in a plastic bag and put it inside a freezer. This is an effective way of deodorizing jeans without having to wash them.
You should use good quality and mild detergent to wash jeans. Using detergents loaded with harsh chemicals can be damaging. It is also important to wash jeans with similar-colored clothes. It's best to avoid washing jeans, especially dark-colored ones with other light colors as it can lead to color bleeding and damage the clothes.
Wash with Cold Water
If you want your jeans to last longer, then always wash them in cold water. Washing jeans in hot water weakens the fibers and can cause shrinkage. Both these can cause damage to your pair of favorite jeans. Connoisseurs prefer to hand wash jeans. You only need to fill your tub and add some good quality detergent and soak the jeans inside. Leave them for 30 minutes and drain the tub. Now rinse the jeans and let them air dry in shade. Washing your jeans in cold water not only saves time, but it also needs lesser energy and is thus eco-friendly.
Always Air Dry After Washing
It is convenient for most people to dry their clothes in a dryer. It saves time and makes your clothes dry quickly. However, drying your jeans in a dryer should be strictly avoided as it can damage them. It is best to let your favorite pair of jeans air dry after a wash. Hang the jeans after washing and leave them to air dry naturally. This helps to preserve the shape of the jeans and eliminates any shrinkage or fabric warping.
TIP: Try avoiding drying the jeans in direct sun. The best way to air-dry your jeans is to turn it inside out and hanging them in shade. This will prevent excess and unwanted fading and prevent soggy pockets.
Store Your Jeans Correctly
Storing your jeans correctly is key here! It is best to keep them on the top of your clothes pile in the wardrobe. Putting them on the back of a chair or hanging them up ensures that the right creases are maintained.
IMPORTANT: Hangers that come with metal clips should be avoided for hanging jeans. These metal clips have sharp teeth that can leave lasting marks on the jeans.
It is also recommended to not keep your jeans folded in the same pattern for long. Stacking jeans along a sharp crease can cause the jeans to lose color along the crease lines. This can spoil the entire look and feel of your jeans.
Get Your Jeans "Fixed"
Distressed skinny jeans have always been a popular choice. However, ripped jeans can get damaged as some cuts may get blown out over time. If this is the case, go for mending them. Find a good tailor and have him bring your jeans to life (if possible, off course). This is also the moment when you can choose other alteration, being them in the waist area or in the length of the legs.
Wear Them Gently
Denim is a very "strong" fabric but still, try to avoid doing things that can cause your jeans to stretch way too much. If you indulge in activities that will stretch your jeans then they can lose their shape. Workouts, even lower intensity ones like yoga should be avoided while wearing jeans as they will get stretched and lose their shape.
Denim is a fabric that never goes out of fashion. Investing in a good pair of jeans will last you for years and always help you make a classic style statement. Once you get how to take care of your jeans you won't have to worry anymore. Paying attention to some finer details can make your jeans last longer look better.
How To Take Care Of Your Jeans: Conclusion
It's time to put these ideas and tips to good use. If you do so, you'll probably have great looking jeans for a long, long time.