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Luckily, Chums is here to separate fact from fiction and to help you keep these clothes clean and in good condition. Keep reading for our top tips on how to wash jeans.
We have to be honest though, at Chums we think that never washing jeans is a step too far. As long as you’re careful, you can keep your favourite pairs looking great while also making sure they’re clean.
You should factor in the type of denim when you’re deciding how often to wash your jeans. For example, blended jeans that contain other materials such as Lycra or spandex may need to be washed more frequently as this helps them to keep their shape.
Always check the label for instructions before you wash jeans for the first time, and regardless of the specific type of material, use cool or cold water.
Before placing them in the washing machine, turn your jeans inside out. This helps to protect them from fading, as well as from wear that can happen along the waistband, pockets, hems and fly. Also, make sure that buttons are fastened and zippers zipped. This will help the clothes to stay in shape and prevent them from snagging with other items in the wash.
Use a laundry detergent that’s designed to protect colours and minimise fading, and wash your jeans on a short, cool and delicate cycle.
Fabric softener might make your clothes smell and feel divine, but is it a good idea to use it when washing your jeans? For certain types of jeans, such as stone washed and pre-stressed denim, it might be OK to use fabric softener, but generally speaking you should avoid it if you’re washing raw or stretch denim as it might damage the fibres and colour of the fabric.
Whether you’re washing jeans in your machine or by hand, it’s best to use cold or cool water. Again, this will help to protect the fabric from wear and fading.
For convenience, you might be tempted to put your jeans in the tumble dryer after they’ve been washed, but this isn’t usually a good idea. It’s better to let them air dry naturally. Although it takes longer, this will help your jeans to keep their shape and colour, and it will minimise wear and tear. Simply flatten out the creases and hang to dry.
Paying attention to these care tips will help you to get the most from your favourite denims wear after wear.
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