How to wash distressed jeans without making them rip more? My grandson has those expensive jeans with holes in the knees that are all the rage. I don’t think they need any bigger tears.
Barbara Land, Beattyville, KY
I’ve seen lots of denim with fashionable rips lately. I’m sure you’re not the only person wondering how to wash distressed jeans without causing them to tear, shrink, or fade. So here is some advice on laundering them safely.
Before you start washing them, be sure to check the jeans for any spots or stains. Since jeans are often used in a work or play environment, make sure you are familiar with getting dirt stains out of jeans with your favorite stain remover and know how to remove oil stains and paint from jeans using simple rubbing alcohol.
Using Dawn dishwashing liquid and water is typically the best way to clean mud off jeans. Let the mud dry first and flake off the big pieces, then you can work on the remaining stain.
When you put jeans in the washing machine, turn the jeans inside out first and close the fly. Load them with other heavy articles of clothing that have similar colors. Then select the gentle cycle with the least amount of agitation. These steps will protect the jeans from physical damage. If you’re concerned about the holes in the pants catching on other clothes, put them in a mesh bag for delicates or avoid washing them with items that have oversize buttons that could snag them.
Next, always use cold or lukewarm water and a mild detergent. These steps will keep the denim from fading. You might try Woolite or something similar. Finally, when the washing machine is done, hang up the jeans to air dry. Avoid using the dryer. This should keep them from shrinking.
For more details, see these tips on how to wash jeans in washing machine.
In conclusion, I wish you the best of luck in keeping those distressed jeans looking fashionable.