In today’s world we all own at least 2 pairs of jeans. We say this very conservatively as we know most people in our circle own close to 10. By far, jeans are the most popular piece of clothing in anyone’s closet, fashionably inclined or not. Yet only a handful of us truly know how to take care of our jeans. So much in the flavour of our previous “How To” posts, we guide you through the do’s and don’t’s of how to take care of those 7’s, Nudies, Rock’s, Levis, Diesel’s and even H&M jeans.
- Hand-wash your jeans as often as you can. Don’t wash them in hot water, or else they might fade. Use lukewarm or cold water to keep the denim looking bright.
- If your jeans are too stretched-out and loose, clean them by soaking them in soapy water, before you rinse them.
- If possible, avoid a washing machine for washing your jeans. Jeans composed of spandex will wear out after several washes in the machine.
- Pay special attention to the hem line of the jeans, if you are washing it by hand. This is where you are likely to find most of the dirt.
- Extra care should be taken while washing denims. If you are cleaning your jeans in a washing machine, turning the jeans inside out is recommended for best results. This will prevent the gradual fading away of the jeans, especially the ones with a dark blue colour.
- In a machine, launder your jeans on the gentle setting, in cold water. Because the dyes used to colour denim can bleed when wet, the jeans should only be washed alone or with other similar coloured jeans.
- Wash the jeans once on a hot cycle, if you want to give the denim a worn, faded look.
- Grass stains from the jeans can be removed by pouring alcohol on the stained area. Now, wait for 5 minutes and rub it with your thumb. Then wash with soap and water.
- Chewing gums on your jeans can be taken off by applying ice on the area. Once the gum is frozen, you can easily take it out and launder in the usual way.
- Mud stains can be easily removed by soaking the jeans in lukewarm water and soap for 5-10 minutes. If there are still traces of mud left on it, scrub your jeans with your hands and rinse.
- Dry your denims in the right way. Letting your air-dry is the best method, in this context.
- If you can, try not to dry your jeans in a dryer. If you do have to put them in the dryer, run them at the lowest setting and take them out before they are fully dry. Lay them flat and let them dry out.
- If there are any repairs required on your jeans, attend to them immediately, or holes may develop over time. Repair the jeans by doing patch-work on the inside.