How to make sure that the beloved couple does not lose shape and color and has served for many years?
On the Web, you can find a huge number of life hacks that help preserve the presentation of denim and prolong the life of jeans. The recommendation lists have everything from freezing to soaking in salt water. Someone writes that jeans should never be washed, but only cleaned, and someone also recommends not to put denim in the closet, but to hang it carefully on hangers. We are looking into whether all this really affects the condition of jeans and how to properly care for them.
How to wash (and should I do it)?
Denim can be washed, but not too often. Hand washing is best suited for this. Experts recommend that you first rub your jeans in a soapy solution, and also walk over them with a brush or a washcloth. Then soak your favorite couple in clean cold water.
If you still plan to use the machine, then you should definitely put it on “delicate washing” and use a gentle powder and only cold water. The ideal temperature for jeans is 30 degrees, since denim begins to lose color faster in hot water.
Before that, it is better to turn the jeans inside out — this will also help to keep the colors brighter — and also fasten the zippers and buttons so that they are not damaged.
Among other things, it is better to wash jeans separately from other things, and also load no more than four pairs into the machine. Experts also advise not to use conditioner for underwear, because because of this, the fibers lose their shape faster, which in the case of jeans is quite an unpleasant alignment.
How often can and should jeans be washed?
One of the main problems of denim is that it accumulates a large number of bacteria. And this is typical for the pair that you wore for 2 weeks, as for the one that has not been washed for a couple of months. Manufacturers insist that the less often you wash jeans, the longer they will last you. Many agree that the most optimal time between washings is 5-7 socks of jeans.
Experts believe that it is better to get rid of visible pollution locally. For example, to remove one spot manually, rather than sending a couple completely to the typewriter.
How to dry?
Denim absolutely cannot be dried in special automatic machines. Unless, of course, you suddenly lost weight by several sizes, and now you need to radically reduce your trousers. In any other case, it is an absolute “no”. It is there that denim loses its shape and color, and also “sits down” very quickly and strongly. The best option is a rope or a special dryer. It is better to spread jeans evenly (horizontal drying on a flat surface is the surest way to preserve the appearance of your favorite pair of denim) so that you do not get creases, or even hang them upside down by the legs. These folds will then be difficult to smooth out and until the next wash you will have to walk with such traces of improper drying.
How to iron denim?
If you have dried your jeans properly, but they will not need to be smooth. But some couples get rough after washing. Then the jeans should be turned inside out and ironed from the inside. At the same time, it is best to start ironing slightly damp jeans, and if possible, use a special mode specifically for denim. The use of a hot iron will affect the loss of color, and the material will be wiped faster on the seams and pockets and in the knee area.
But a steamer will work better than an iron. Some experts even believe that the steamer can replace washing: if you do not want to wash jeans too often, then using hot steam helps to rid the thing of an unpleasant smell, as well as make them more elastic and even return to shape.
Is it necessary to freeze?
One of the most popular life hacks, which even Levi’s CEO Chip Berg uses, is freezing. Yes, yes, a real freeze in the freezer. Firstly, the absence of frequent washing helps to preserve the color, quality and shape of denim. Secondly, this method helps to kill bacteria. Thirdly, it significantly saves water, which means it helps nature. However, freezing cannot completely replace washing, because it will not rid denim of dirt and stains. But as a way to delay the next wash, it will do.
How to store?
Many people are used to storing jeans in stacks, folding them like sweaters or trousers. However, despite all its rudeness, denim requires more delicate handling. The same applies to their storage. Jeans are best stored on hangers — one pair at a time. You need to take care of them in the same way as for strict trousers with an arrow, that is, carefully folding along the seam.