Our Denim Care Guide, in partnership with Thought Clothing
Denim is one of the most durable of fabrics found in any wardrobe. It was originally used for workmen's jeans on building sites due to its resilience to wear and tear. It does take quite a lot to tear a pair of jeans, but over time, with constant use and frequent washing, they do inevitably start to degrade.
These days denim is used for jeans, shorts, shirts, jackets and accessories. It's constructed with a twill weave, which is partly what gives it its tensile strength. A good pair of denim jeans should hopefully last many many years. But there are a few things you can do to help them along the way, to care for them and keep them looking fresh and new for longer. Read on for our guide on how to care for your jeans:
1. WASH LESS
Washing will fade the colour over time and cause the fabric to thin, so we recommend washing denim as little as possible to keep it in good nick, every 5-10 wears should be plenty. If you're one of those people who likes to wash their jeans to shrink them back into shape, then try steaming them instead. This should do the trick and will protect the fabric long term.
You can also check out our blog to learn the truth about how often you really need to wash each type of fabric.
Are there dry dirt marks like mud, dust, food, powder on your jeans? If so then take our Clothes Brush and give your denim a good brush down, particularly focusing on the spot marks. You'll be amazed at what comes off quickly and easily, with no need for a wet wash.
When you do wash your jeans, we recommend turning the garment inside out, as the dirtiest part is usually on the inside, so you'll expose this part to the water and detergent, while protecting the colour from fading.
Extra tip: Remember to check your pockets! How many clothes have you dumped in your laundry basket and forgot to empty your pockets of tissues (and other stuff too!)? If you're in need of some serious laundry tips, check out our blog on most common laundry mistakes to help to find yours and how you can avoid it next laundry day.
After washing, hang your jeans up to dry, don't throw them in the tumble dryer! This will help preserve the fit and avoid possible shrinkage or fabric warping. You can keep them turned inside out (and out of the sun) to prevent colour fading and ensure the interior pockets will dry.
6. MEND, CARE & REPAIR
As well as cleaning, as time goes on you will start to find holes appearing in your jeans, particularly in the crotch area and knees. As there is so much wear and tear in these areas, eventually the fabric starts to weaken. If you need torepair a hole in your jeans, patch to mend, add an embroidery to alter or even hand hem, and are comfortable doing this at home, then watch our online tutorials to learn more.