How to keep your denim jeans looking as good as new. When you find the perfect pair of jeans, it’s hard to wear anything else. But how do you keep your denim look great?
Everyone has their own method that they swear by, from sticking them in the freezer (yes, really) to wearing them in the bath.
Well maintained jeans reward the men wearing them with years of versatility and aged fades. But there’s more to looking after your jeans than chucking them in the washing machine. Which, to some denim aficionados, is a complete travesty.
If you want to know how to keep your favourite jeans looking as good as the day you bought them, keep on reading.
How often should you wash your jeans?
Some people swear by never washing their denim jeans as they don’t want to deteriorate the material. But it depends on the type of jeans you have.
Cheaper jeans are sometimes pre-washed to soften the fabric and prevent the dye from rubbing off. It also prevents the material from shrinking. Cheaper jeans won’t last as long as other types but are simple to look after. You can simply throw them into the washing machine and not have to worry about the consequences.
Then you have raw denim. This usually has a dark indigo hue and will fade naturally where the crease areas lie. This is the stuff you shouldn’t put in your washing machine very often.
Raw jeans will start to break down after about 120 wears. These jeans will look and feel different after the first wash. Try to wash raw denim when the white part of the jeans look yellow or dirty.
How to wash your jeans
You don’t need to fully wash your jeans every time there’s a stain. Something like a wet cloth will delicately remove the odd spill or grass stain. If you desperately need to refresh your jeans, turn them inside out and wash them at as low a temperature as possible – usually 20 degrees.
The key to prolonging your denim is how you dry your jeans. Air dry denim flat will help to retain the shape and avoid crease marks.
How to get rid of white streaks
White streaks are one of the great pains of every denim lover. They are usually caused by harsh chemicals used when washing, undissolved detergent, hard water or friction from the fabric. Using a powder detergent will prevent white streaks as powder will dissolve easier than a pod.
How to store your jeans
It pays to elevate your jeans above other garments when it comes to storing them. To ensure the right creases stay intact, hang denim over the back of chair or hang it up.
Avoid using hangers with metal clips. These usually have sharp clips that clamp down on the denim and leave an impression. Try to invest in S hangers, which can be attached to the outer belt loops with the zip folding inward. This will help with unwanted creases and wrinkles.
How to keep your denim jeans looking as good as new