Denim is one of the most common and often worn garments in everyone’s wardrobe. It is a durable fabric that can last for years. But it still needs your special care to help retain its quality, color, and size for a prolonged period.
We have compiled some simple tips to help you wash, dry, and care for your denim.
5 simple tips to help wash your denim right
- Wash less often
Your denim doesn’t require frequent washes. On the contrary, the less frequently you wash them, the better. On average you can get 4-6 wears out of your regular jeans. Stick to washing your denim after every 5 washes, unless they are stained or smelly.
In case of the stained area being small, treat it immediately and let it dry instead of tossing the whole garment to wash. Denim is a durable fabric but washing them often can render them out of shape, faded and even cause wear and tear
- Use cold water
Use cold water when washing your denim. This is to avoid shrinking the garment. Apart from this, cold water helps cut down costs on energy bills. Denim is a tough fabric but this doesn’t mean you should choose heavy-duty. Wash your denim in a gentle cycle or delicate cycle.
- Sort your denim
Denim comes in various sizes and colors. Sort your denim out before tossing them into the load. Separate lights and dark denim. This would lead to fading of dark jeans, and the coloration of lights. While washing make sure to turn your jeans inside out. This helps protect the fabric from wear and tear and fading.
Jeans don’t really dye. However, it is always advised to read the care label to decide whether or not they should be washed with regular clothes.
- Hand wash if possible
Hand Wash works great on denim. It helps save water and energy. However, keep in mind to avoid bleach and be gentle with the garment. Use less amount of detergent to preserve colors.
Don’t wringle them too hard while rinsing as this can cause the fibers to break. Instead, rinse it three times to make sure all the detergent is removed, and then proceed to fold and roll to remove excess water. Once done, hang them up to dry.
- Dry it properly
Once the denim is washed, hang them up to dry. Flatten the garment and remove any creases and lay them out. Opt to hang them in shade. This can save energy, cost on bills and even extend the longevity of the jeans.
Don’t leave them exposed to heat for long periods as this can cause them to fade and shrink. When naturally dried, the denim can appear to be stiff but after a while, it will return to its normal softness. You can also try softening the denim by ironing them.
Caring for your denim may seem like a lot. But with these tips, we try to make it simpler and effective for you. We hope these tips helped.