Hey, I'm sorry but I don't have the time to sift through 250 pages of denim care...
I'm pretty new in regards to the whole personalizing raw denim thing. Sure, I've read through most of the quick notes and guides, but since recently I bought my first pair of actually nice raw denim (Fiberops, about 200 dollars I think?), I'd really like it to turn out nicely.
So right now, to the best of my knowledge, here's the most common path to take.
1. To remove some dye, give the jeans a hot/cold soak. Then exercise some for creases to set in a little.
2. Never use a drier, and turn the jeans inside out in a washing machine. Hang dry.
3. Try to keep machine washing to a minimum.
However, I have also heard people say to just wear them right off the bat, and soak only when needed.
Sorry if this seems a little anal, but I want my first pair to turn out nice.
Also, about a year ago I bought a pair of prewhiskered/pre-treated jeans (I know, I know...) and they were stiff like raw denim. However, I made the mistake of machine washing them, and now they're about the same softness as treated jeans. Is there any way to get the original stiffness back? I heard starching is just begging for insects to come eat your stuff...
Finally, recently I got a cheap pair of $30 department store jeans that I later learned was raw (that's what got me interested in denim care...) Without my really doing anything, it started to develop really good honeycombs and all that, and I was like hey, that's pretty sweet. Of course I realized that these jeans were different than the pre-washed stuff I had before, so I looked up some info, but ended up putting them in the dryer anyways. Now, tons of ink has come off (used to be black, now some sort of bipolar blue) and they feel really limp... still have creases. Is there any way to 'fix' them?
Sorry for the amateurish questions if they have been asked and answered millions of times.