Denim Care Thread (for denim FAQ)

February 26, 2011 @ 10:58:11
What strategy do you guys use after the first wash?

Wash again every 1-3 months?
February 26, 2011 @ 11:03:06
What strategy do you guys use after the first wash?

Wash again every 1-3 months?


I treat subsequent washes like the first wash. The longer you go without washing, the higher the contrast you get on your fades. The more often you wash, the more even your fades become (vintage fades).
February 26, 2011 @ 11:06:05
In theory though, your jeans life is shortened the longer you go between washes right?

I mean if I wash a jean only 3 times in 2 years, it's gonna be totally fucked after 2 years isn't it?
February 26, 2011 @ 11:13:00
In theory though, your jeans life is shortened the longer you go between washes right?

I mean if I wash a jean only 3 times in 2 years, it's gonna be totally fucked after 2 years isn't it?


Not necessarily. The first wash (or soak) is the most important, because it gets most of the starch out of the denim, and, for unsanforized (shrink-to-fit) denim, it beds the stitching threads and hydrates the cotton fibers. That starch is what shortens the life of denim the most.

After that, it's just bacteria and sweat that you have to worry about, and those tend not to be as big of a problem as the starch. Some would debate that the bacteria isn't even a factor at all.
February 26, 2011 @ 12:13:05
That's interesting. Sounds like solid reasoning.
March 05, 2011 @ 05:24:28
I ordered s710s on rakuten a couple days ago and I was wondering if it'd be a good idea to soak while wearing them? I feel like silhouette my body better and definitely keep them from shrinking too much.
March 05, 2011 @ 09:52:28
I ordered s710s on rakuten a couple days ago and I was wondering if it'd be a good idea to soak while wearing them? I feel like silhouette my body better and definitely keep them from shrinking too much.


If you're worried about them shrinking too much, I would soak while wearing. However, Samurais do stretch a lot, so as long as you think you can get back into them afterwards, it's probably not necessary to wear them while soaking.
March 05, 2011 @ 10:17:24
lol nah ive had bad experiences with jeans stretching back out, fuck apcs
March 05, 2011 @ 12:36:36
Going for a 15-20 minute walk today, but it's raining. Would the rain do anything negative to the denim? I'll probably take an umbrella with me anyways.
March 05, 2011 @ 13:30:08
If your jeans have some anti-crocking coating it may be diluted and if you've put a lot of wear into them some dye might get rinsed out.
March 05, 2011 @ 13:40:04
Going for a 15-20 minute walk today, but it's raining. Would the rain do anything negative to the denim? I'll probably take an umbrella with me anyways.


It shouldn't at all. If you are wearing raw denim that has never touched water before, the rain might cause you to lose the initial sheen, but that's about it.
March 14, 2011 @ 00:19:24
so i was partying in my naked&famous grey weird guys, and i was chuckin up. there was a little bit on my jeans in the crotch/upper thigh area. no marks but it still kinda smells, how do i clean?
March 14, 2011 @ 18:42:30
so i was partying in my naked&famous grey weird guys, and i was chuckin up. there was a little bit on my jeans in the crotch/upper thigh area. no marks but it still kinda smells, how do i clean?


With vomit stains, you're probably not going to get rid of the smell without actually washing the jeans. I've had good success with hand washes on vomit, if you don't want to do a machine wash. I do it in a tub of hot water with a little bit of detergent, I let it soak for about a half hour, then I agitate the area where the vomit is by hand until the vomit is gone.

Be aware that you will lose the initial sheen on the raw denim once the jeans touch water, but the wash certainly won't harm the denim.
March 14, 2011 @ 18:59:18
I have a tiny bathroom so when I have my hot shower everyday it gets pretty steamy. Should I hang my denim up in the bathroom or outside elsewhere?
March 15, 2011 @ 10:05:57
I have a tiny bathroom so when I have my hot shower everyday it gets pretty steamy. Should I hang my denim up in the bathroom or outside elsewhere?


It probably doesn't make a significant difference either way you choose, but since you were concerned enough to ask the question here, you might as well just hang it up elsewhere outside the bathroom.
March 16, 2011 @ 00:39:44
crotch and pocket rips
aite so i dunno if this got answered dayz ago but im not finna go through 70+ pages of forum notes
basically every single pair of denim tht ive bought so far always ended up ripping front pocket and crotch rip
my imps got fatass rips on the crotch and 2 front pockets which i patched up at selfedge but i sold them
now ive been rockin roys for about 4 months and the same problems are occurring
i can see the denim thinning out on the outline of my cell phone and theres heavy abrasion at the crotch area and i can spot a rip developing
i do a cold presoak for my jeans and i just dunno wut im doing wrong tht my jeans fucking rip all the time
any advice?

edit: im pretty sure that i bought a good size as kiya from selfedge gave me a hand in getting a good fit
March 16, 2011 @ 01:51:27
Most of the time it's because:
-jeans are too tight/too saggy
-poor step
-excessive abrasion

maybe a combination of all above.
March 16, 2011 @ 10:45:54
aite so i dunno if this got answered dayz ago but im not finna go through 70+ pages of forum notes
basically every single pair of denim tht ive bought so far always ended up ripping front pocket and crotch rip
my imps got fatass rips on the crotch and 2 front pockets which i patched up at selfedge but i sold them
now ive been rockin roys for about 4 months and the same problems are occurring
i can see the denim thinning out on the outline of my cell phone and theres heavy abrasion at the crotch area and i can spot a rip developing
i do a cold presoak for my jeans and i just dunno wut im doing wrong tht my jeans fucking rip all the time
any advice?

edit: im pretty sure that i bought a good size as kiya from selfedge gave me a hand in getting a good fit


It might be the way you walk or other movements that you make that cause the extra wear in the area that you get it. For most people, the crotch is one of the first areas to wear through anyway, but yours sounds like more than average wear. Probably the only thing that you can do is to have the crotch reinforced early and, if necessary, repaired often.
March 18, 2011 @ 21:54:20
just got my babies backsmokeyface




Saddlemans, they had a bad blow out no one wanted to try and patch for me till i found a official tailor. I think she did an awesome job for $7

......
March 20, 2011 @ 20:39:34
been wearing my APC PS for > 1.5 years now and i think they're due for a soak/wash. which do you think is better? i've wanted to soak them but some people suggest just going for the complete wash. thoughts?

thanks
March 21, 2011 @ 11:26:34
been wearing my APC PS for > 1.5 years now and i think they're due for a soak/wash. which do you think is better? i've wanted to soak them but some people suggest just going for the complete wash. thoughts?

thanks


Depends what you're wanting to do.

Keep more indigo, just do a low agitation soak

Lose more indigo, highlight all the creases more, do a full wash.

Once they hit water though, you'll lose that sheen and most of the rigidity. My preference is to hold off on washing as long as possible, and then when need a cleaning just do a soaking. I don't plan to ever really fully wash my pair.
March 23, 2011 @ 18:00:55
Depends what you're wanting to do.

Keep more indigo, just do a low agitation soak

Lose more indigo, highlight all the creases more, do a full wash.

Once they hit water though, you'll lose that sheen and most of the rigidity. My preference is to hold off on washing as long as possible, and then when need a cleaning just do a soaking. I don't plan to ever really fully wash my pair.


Thanks offdee. I think I'm going to just soak it for now. I really like the rigid feel of raws so I'm gonna try to keep as much starch as possible

For soaking...

Cold soak: less shrinkage? I've been losing weight so I do want them to shrink a bit. ATM they're sagging and baggy a bit too much. Ideas?
March 23, 2011 @ 22:10:30
For soaking...

Cold soak: less shrinkage? I've been losing weight so I do want them to shrink a bit. ATM they're sagging and baggy a bit too much. Ideas?


The hotter the water, the more shrinkage you'll get. APCs are sanforized denim, so they won't shrink too much regardless. The rub is youll keep more indigo with cold water so youll have to pick you poison.

Hot water: more shrinkage, lose a little more indigo
Cold water: less shrinkage, keep a little more indigo
March 24, 2011 @ 17:18:19
The hotter the water, the more shrinkage you'll get. APCs are sanforized denim, so they won't shrink too much regardless. The rub is youll keep more indigo with cold water so youll have to pick you poison.

Hot water: more shrinkage, lose a little more indigo
Cold water: less shrinkage, keep a little more indigo


Thanks again. If I cold soak, not sure if I wanna be sitting in a tub in cold water for 30 minutes lol. We'll see what happens I guess.
March 24, 2011 @ 21:08:55
Thanks again. If I cold soak, not sure if I wanna be sitting in a tub in cold water for 30 minutes lol. We'll see what happens I guess.


Wat!? You dont soak wearing them....you fill the tub with water at desired temp, throw some Woolite Dark in, put the jeans in and weigh them down with some hand weights or detegent bottle or something so they stay under water.

Check youtube for some videos on how to do it (soaking raw denim)
March 25, 2011 @ 14:25:47
Wat!? You dont soak wearing them....you fill the tub with water at desired temp, throw some Woolite Dark in, put the jeans in and weigh them down with some hand weights or detegent bottle or something so they stay under water.

Check youtube for some videos on how to do it (soaking raw denim)


Seems like I don't know too much about the soaking/washing process lol. After all, this was my first pair of raws. I'll be sure to look up those vids thanks again.

You the mannn
April 04, 2011 @ 23:51:41
My UO selvedge is close to 5 months, and it seems to be tear at the crotch. Should I take it to a tailor to be reinforced now? Or wait till it blows and then fix it?

Can any tailor who has experience fix it? Or does it have to be a "selvedge savvy" tailor?
April 06, 2011 @ 10:45:25
My UO selvedge is close to 5 months, and it seems to be tear at the crotch. Should I take it to a tailor to be reinforced now? Or wait till it blows and then fix it?

Can any tailor who has experience fix it? Or does it have to be a "selvedge savvy" tailor?


Do it now. The longer you wait, the more obvious the repair work will be. Any tailor who works with denim should be fine, it doesn't have to be a selvage guy.
April 14, 2011 @ 18:06:18
Does selvedge bleed, and what could I do to it whenever it starts to smell?
April 14, 2011 @ 18:52:27
Does selvedge bleed, and what could I do to it whenever it starts to smell?


i dont think the selvedge bleed, and as for the smell you can either febreeze that or just put it in a zip loc bag for about a day in your freezer make sure no ice or form of liquid gets in. (get the air tight ones and fold).

As for my question.. can someone drop me some knowledge about starch? applying starch and its effects/ where to acquire bottles? |0

edit: is it actually "cheating" if you apply starch to your denim?
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