Denim Care Thread (for denim FAQ)

Jan 29, 2010 @ 19:46
all ya'll are saying is starching raw denim is bad. but why is it bad?
Jan 30, 2010 @ 03:50
Just is, its unneeded starch that your adding and it breaks down your denim easier, also it can leave white marks when its dried that don't look so appealing.

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Jan 30, 2010 @ 05:06
What did I tell you guys... starch=bad blushing Words of wisdom from Tech, need I say more
Jan 30, 2010 @ 12:06
how about when they soften up?
Jan 30, 2010 @ 22:26
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Jan 30, 2010 @ 23:32
how about when they soften up?


Then they soften up... raw denim isn't meant to stay stiff, even if you don't soak/wash.
Jan 31, 2010 @ 20:58
so when they soften up, can you starch them then?
Jan 31, 2010 @ 21:00
all ya'll are saying is starching raw denim is bad. but why is it bad?


When you properly starch something, it binds with the denim and creates a sturdy structure. As this structure breaks down, which you'll notice as your jeans become less stiff, the starch breaks into crystals that can actually "cut" and break down the material more quickly than if you were to wash it out.
Jan 31, 2010 @ 23:27
so when they soften up, can you starch them then?


Read again...

Don't try to force the inevitable, raw denim will soften up and you can't do anything about it but leave it as is.

Originally posted by Inactive User
Just is, its unneeded starch that your adding and it breaks down your denim easier, also it can leave white marks when its dried that don't look so appealing.
Feb 02, 2010 @ 16:26
k so i've had these nudies for about 8 months (of wear) and want to shrink them a bit in the thighs, they are a little bit loose. i dont want to lose much indigo in the process either because theyre not fully broken in yet. I'm throwing in some Woolite Dark but I'm just wondering if I should wear them or toss the jeans in the tub alone? And should I use cold or hot water?
Feb 04, 2010 @ 23:43
k so i've had these nudies for about 8 months (of wear) and want to shrink them a bit in the thighs, they are a little bit loose. i dont want to lose much indigo in the process either because theyre not fully broken in yet. I'm throwing in some Woolite Dark but I'm just wondering if I should wear them or toss the jeans in the tub alone? And should I use cold or hot water?


its quite simple

hotter the water = more shrinkage

dont trip about losing too much indigo,

less movement/aggitation in water = less indigo loss

so i suggest you just submerge it in your tub water and let it sit. i personally also have done soaks to shrink. i just let it rest in the water and i end up with no indigo loss at all.
Feb 05, 2010 @ 23:12
I just bought a pair of freeworld raw jeans, or at least they say they're raw
this is my first pair of raw jeans, and i have no idea what to do first.
this is the link:
h t t p : / / w w w . z u m i e z . c o m /free-world-night-train-raw-jean.html

the tag inside says to wash before wearing the first time, is that whats supposed to happen?
if so, how should i wash them? while wearing? and hot or cold water?
Feb 06, 2010 @ 04:04
Don't wash, don't listen to what the tags say. Soak. If you don't want much shrinkage, do cold 30 min, if you want shrinkage, do hot 30 min.
Feb 06, 2010 @ 05:31
@ oohdenniss, if anything, the tag only says that so a lot of dye will come off the pants so jsut ignore them if you wanna fade them. and im guessing theyre sanfordized so you won't even need to do a soak at first
Feb 07, 2010 @ 01:35
thanks for the replies! :]
Feb 07, 2010 @ 12:22
I just ordered a pair of wesc slim jeans and they came with a tag on them that says they may dry bleed, what can I do to help them not bleed?

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Feb 08, 2010 @ 21:33
u can either warm soak them or not wear them, but if ur looking for fading i suggest u just wear them as it. Bleeding really isnt as bad as it sounds it really only shows heavily on things u wear alot with ur jeans
Feb 08, 2010 @ 22:23
Stumbled onto this service that repairs seemingly irreparable jeans, haven't tried it but I think it would be good to have it for future use, at least for you guys who care enough:

http://denimtherapy.com/
Feb 13, 2010 @ 23:09
bleeding is natural on denim and as long as you dont wear them with your suede jawnz, you will be alright. however, if you are any insane denimhead, i heard once that if you soak the jeans in wax, and then chip off the wax after theyve dried, all of the excess die will be gone.
Feb 17, 2010 @ 02:50
thanks for some tips...
Feb 20, 2010 @ 00:52
just soak em. it'll take off 2 weeks worth of bleeding.
Feb 22, 2010 @ 23:19
I see some people say don't wash for 6 months depending on what jeans you have. Is there any tips on keeping the smell out?
Feb 23, 2010 @ 01:16
Hang them outside for a bit and it'll help the odor lessen. Or you can use febreeze but...I rather not

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Feb 23, 2010 @ 01:22
i was reading a thread on here earlier (i think it was really old tho) and a lot of people were suggesting things like febreezing them, then hanging them outside like technique said. others said to put em in a plastic bag and put em in the freezer overnight. some suggested a combination of febreeze and freezing. lol i've yet to personally try those all too often but a lot said they work
Feb 23, 2010 @ 02:28
tapering leg openings?
Feb 23, 2010 @ 16:02
do they sell khaki colored stfs anymore?

is it possible for them to fade?
Feb 23, 2010 @ 17:59
Thanks for the replies guys, i was actually thinking about febreeze myself. But i would have never thought about the freezer haha..
Feb 24, 2010 @ 12:17
okay so i have a pair of wesc raw selvage denim and i have worn them for about 8 months straight give or take a day or two. they hjave some really nice fades going on but they have stretched out enough that im tempted to wash them even though im not happy with the fading yet. how exactly do i shrink them without ruining the fading process
Feb 25, 2010 @ 07:35
u can just dip the waist in hot water
Feb 25, 2010 @ 09:24
its not just the waste its everywhere
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