News Room spoke with a cleaning expert who told us how we're washing our denim wrong and how we should be caring for them to ensure that they stay clean and vibrant through years of wear.
You are wearing them right after cutting the tags off: Getting a fresh new pair of jeans is exciting and we can't blame you for wanting to wear them immediately after bringing them home. However, Silas Akpan, who is a cleaning expert told News Room that this is the worst mistake people make with Denim in general. "Not washing a brand new Denim separately the first few times you wash it" is a No-No-No, according to Silas. He said that new Denim can bleed alot of dye into the wash water the first few times it is washed which can cause dye to transfer to the other items in the wash.
You're not washing them after the first wear: You should definitely be washing them before the first wear, but you should also wash them after your first wear, too, because there is still a risk for dye transfer Silas told News Room.
You are not washing them separately from other clothes in those first few washes. Few of us are likely to separate our denim from other garments. But in those early days, this is a mistake.
Your washing them after each wear: Washing Denim too frequently will cause color fade and much of that is based on personal preference. As Silas told News room, "washing denim garments each time you wear them will help get a nice, soft fade sooner or later, especially if you have a favorite pair you wear frequently. Tumble drying will help with fading too".
You Never Wash Your Jeans: as Denim is typically sturdy and forgiving of common stains, some people admittedly never wash their jeans 👖. This is fine but you may experience color loss as the jean gets soiled by normal wear and tear. "For the people who never wash their Denim, their goal is to maintain as much as the original color as possible, yet also achieve unique fading effects. When dirt is allowed to remain on the surface of fabric without being washed away, it causes fading. That's because the soils break down and as they do, they can cause color loss" he said.
You are not treating stains the right way: The best cause of action to tackling a stain is to pre-treat and wash as quickly as possible ideally , before the stain sets. "Different stains benefit from different pre-treatment methods" said Silas. Some stains benefit from first rinsing with cool water like blood whilst others do not like greasy food stains. Stains can be harder to get out when washing in cool water, so pre-treating is always a good idea.
Be sure to use a color safe bleach if you prefer to add bleach to your detergent as well.
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