Knowing how to wash denim jeans properly can help them keep their colour sharp and their shape – find out how here.
Denim may have been invented in the 1800s, but that doesn’t mean we’re any better today at knowing how frequently to wash jeans made from this durable fabric – or even how to wash jeans at all. Fortunately, denim is one trend that’s never going out of fashion, so it’s never too late to find out. Washing jeans isn’t something we need to do often (unless you have stains), but taking the time to treat them properly can help them keep their shape. Read on to find out how to keep your pair looking good and feeling great.
How to Remove Ink, Blood, and Oil Stains From Jeans
Denim is great for wearing in a variety of situations. As such, it makes sense that our jeans will end up being exposed to the worst of all stains: ink, blood, and oil! These marks are hard to work out of the fabric, but there is a way to eliminate them for good.
Just follow these steps:
- Treat the stain as soon as possible. This applies no matter what the stain is
- Always test any stain removal solution on a small area first. This is to ensure that the fabric will not be discoloured or damaged.
- Place a towel inside the jeans, underneath the stain.
- For ink stains: Using a cotton ball or cloth, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the mark and blot the mark, using a clean section every time.
- For blood stains: Blot the mark to lift any excess moisture
- For oil stains: Spray the stain with hairspray!
- Rinse with cold water.
- Adjust your washing machine to the coldest setting, and turn your jeans inside out. The higher the temperature, the more colour will escape from the jeans. Wash in a small amount of Surf excel Easy Wash, being careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Whilst the jeans are still damp, stretch the inseam to avoid excess shrinkage and hang to dry.
- If the stain is still visible, repeat this process.
How to Wash Black Jeans
Many of us find washing black jeans daunting: without proper care, the colour can quickly fade. You can mitigate this risk using the following method:
- Turn your jeans inside out and put them in a cold wash with a cup of white vinegar. The vinegar will set the black dye and prevent it from bleeding.
- After the initial cycle with vinegar has run, repeat the cold wash cycle – this time using a laundry detergent like Surf excel.
- Hang your jeans to dry, as before.
How Often to Wash Jeans
Ideally, a new pair of jeans will be worn unwashed for at least six months to prevent the colour from running. If you have a lot of white furniture, however, it is best to set the dye as early as possible to avoid marking anything. Washing jeans will always cause them to shrink a little at first, so don’t panic if they’re a squeeze to pull on after a wash – they will return to their normal shape soon enough.