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how to minimize color loss in jeans

post #1 of 8
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This is for a new pair of unwashed raw denim jeans.

I have searched and have been reading that vinegar helps seal in the color. But many say this applies only to wool and the indigo dye isn't affected by vinegar because of its alkaline? properties. Others say, vinegar only removes the stiffness in new raw jeans. And yet others say, vinegar makes a great laundry booster, as it brightens up colors (which I find a bit contradicting, when you want to keep your jeans darker).

I guess, alot of people would say, just dont wash them. But I actually don't like whiskering/crease effect and I want them soft. So I want to use water.

This is what I have been reading says to do:
1. washed them inside out
2. use the least amount of soap
3. wash cold and hang dry.

Does anyone know or recommend anything thing else, like additive or methods that would minimize color loss.
post #2 of 8
The whole vinegar thing is also recommended for hakama and gi which are indigo-dyed cotton. However while it is highly recommended in Japan and overseas by owners, manufacturers and resellers, most evidence is anecdotal.
post #3 of 8
I have a pair of RB6A. Can I expect any fading. I would like them too. I don't think they will.
post #4 of 8
I've heard dry cleaning your jeans will maintain color, but I've never tried it.
post #5 of 8
Atama has this to say:

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4. For blue/black products

1. Before first wash, soak the gi in the sink or tub with 2-3 cups of white vinegar and the rest water. Let soak for 20-30 minutes and then wash. This will help set the color in your gi and minimize fading.
2. Second and future washes. Use a color safe detergent like Cheer or Ivory flake.

My BJJ coach likes this method, and his blue gi(s) are decently blue, especially considering they get washed after every use, and he teaches class six days a week. There are several guys with blue gis that are faded like crazy. Maybe due to setting with vinegar, maybe not.

Worth a try, I suppose.
post #6 of 8
I've never done it, but you could try a dye fixative. Dharma Trading Company sells a couple of dye fixatives:

http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...chemicals.html

http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...chemicals.html


This site has a description of how dye fixatives work:

http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/fixative.shtml
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Ahaz
Atama has this to say:



My BJJ coach likes this method, and his blue gi(s) are decently blue, especially considering they get washed after every use, and he teaches class six days a week. There are several guys with blue gis that are faded like crazy. Maybe due to setting with vinegar, maybe not.

Worth a try, I suppose.

I have done that for my cotton hakama as well as three indigo gi. Have not bled that much after several years but I don't usually machine wash them. Cold water soak only for the gi after every practice (Tucson is hot as hell), a splash of Dettol or delicate wash detergent occassionally. Have not tried it with my jeans; my PDCs I just wash in the machine on cold and hang dry. My first pair of dry jeans has not been weashed yet.
post #8 of 8
Try not to wash them. Hang the up to air out, spot clean them and steam them when needed.
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