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If you’ve finally found the perfect pair of designer jeans you probably want them to stay that way for a while. Even if you didn’t spend a lot of money on them, you don’t want to ruin your jeans by caring for them improperly. Denim can fade or wear out quickly without the proper care. Here’s how to care for denim:

1) Don’t wash them daily. Your denim does not need to be washed every day, and doing so can make them wash out much faster. Instead, go a few days between washing, as long as there are no stains or spills. Go as long between washings as you can. Denim will become thinner each time you wash it, and after many washings some areas may be so thin that they will be prone to tearing.

2) Wash by hand, if possible. If you don’t want the dark color of the denim to fade, wash your jeans in lukewarm water, never the hottest cycle on your washing machine . If your jeans are stretchy, consider soaking them in water and soap and then rinsing them, without agitating them in the washing machine. Washing these jeans in the washing machine will make the elasticity wear out faster. If you do not use a washing machine, pay special attention to the hems; this is usually where dirt will gather fastest.

3) Be gentle when washing denim. When using a washing machine, turn the jeans inside out. This keeps the dark blue color from fading. Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle. Hot water is not good for your jeans, and agitating them too much will just make them wear out faster. If you want the denim to fade quickly to achieve an aged look, wash once in hot water. Wash the jeans by themselves or with other jeans; the dark dye used to color denim can bleed onto the other items in the wash.


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