The following guidelines will help you keep designer jeans in the best possible condition. To avoid fading, shrinkage and damage, you need to take care when washing them.
- Wash jeans less often
Washing machines can stress the fabric of jeans, so you should not wash jeans frequently. In general, jeans do not need to be washed unless they are visibly dirty. If you get a small stain on your jeans, try to spot clean it by hand. Put a stain-removing product directly on the stain, let it sit for a few minutes and scrub the stain away with a damp clean cloth. If you need to wash your jeans and have some extra time, wash them by hand. Put a few inches of warm water in the bathtub with a gentle laundry detergent, submerge your jeans and let them soak flat for 20 minutes. Rinse them well, squeeze out excess water and hang them to dry.
- Wash jeans carefully
Check the tag for any special laundry instructions. Before you put the jeans in the machine, turn them inside out to avoid wear on the outside fabric. Use cold water and the delicate wash cycle instead of normal wash settings. If you want to maintain the color of your jeans and prevent fading, add one cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of salt to the cold water in the washing machine. You can do this every time you launder the jeans.
- Hang jeans to dry
Clothes dryers cause fading, shrinking and excess wear on jeans. Whenever possible, allow your jeans to air dry. Hang them by the legs from a sturdy hanger in a location with good air circulation. If your jeans have stretched, you can use the dryer briefly to shrink them. Keep the jeans inside out and dry them on the lowest setting for about half of a regular cycle. Remove the jeans from the dryer and hang them to dry the rest of the way.