Prolong the Life of Your Beloved Jeans


Denim jeans are a go-to option for completing any outfit at any time of the year. We definitely get our wear out of them and want them to last as long as possible. There are some things that you can do to help maintain their flattering shape and fit. Looking after your designer skinny jeans is very crucial thing to do. The first step is to wear them as much a possible before your first wash.

Jeans are designed to mold to your body and the reason that old pair of jeans is so comfortable is because it has had lots of time to really adjust to your shape. Washing too frequently has been known to fade the color and damage the denim material too. Instead, spot clean with a damp sponge or soft toothbrush to remove smaller stains. If you feel as though your jeans need a freshen up, hang them outside to air or spray them with a fabric refresher. When you are putting your jeans away resist the urge to use a clippie hanger as the clips can damage the waistband of the jeans and they have a habit of not hanging properly. The best thing to do is either to fold them and put them in a draw or just fold them over a hanger and let them hang that way.

Correct ways to wash

The way you wash your jeans is very crucial, over washing can lead to fading and wear which can shorten the jeans’ life. The best way to wash is to turn your jeans completely inside out, this will stop them fading and any buttons from snagging. If washing for the first time best to wash separately or you may end up with the dye running into other clothes. Also resist from putting more than a few pairs in the machine together because when denim is wet it just gets heavier and that could then also do damage to your machine which is more expensive to replace than a pair of your jeans. A cool wash of 30° is ideal even better if you have the time and patience for hand washing. The heat can destroy the elastane and ruin the fitting shape of your jeans. You can buy a denim wash that has been designed to care for the color and fibers in denim, it is non-biological and suitable for washing your favorite pair of jeans. Keep to the rule of separate colors to make sure those lighter jeans don’t suddenly end up black. When it comes to coated denim, these jeans should avoid the washing machine completely, try dry clean instead.

If you’re up for trying so, etching a little different then some suggest putting your jeans in the freezer. It can apparently keep your jeans fresh but I wouldn’t suggest trying this in the winter. Another recommendation is adding salt and vinegar to a hand wash. This is meant to prevent color bleeding and keep the fabric color set for longer.

Dry it right

So, you have followed all the other tips and want to dry your designer jeans the right way without distorting them out of shape or losing that color. A big no to wringing them dry, this can cause the shape of the jeans to change and cause wrinkles and creases which can then become tricky to get out. Instead, roll up the jean and press firmly to release and excess water. You could hang the jeans up outside and allow to air dry, some people are against this as the sunlight can cause fading. Alternatively, you could dry on a flat surface indoors or use a clothes rack. Avoid drying on a radiator or in a tumble dryer — the heat from these can-do damages to the denim. For the same reason, avoid ironing your jeans — simply put them on and the creases will fall out on their own.

A final tip if in doubt read the manufacturer recommendations on the tag. The manufacturer knows the material the best and how to care for it without causing damage.