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post #31 of 52
cool beans bro

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post #32 of 52
Some people recommend dry cleaning, and I wonder why?

Perhaps that because the cleaning process is called "dry" cleaning, as if it didn't involve washing the clothes with liquid and hence wouldn't cause shrinkage and loss of indigo? But that is a misconception, and dry cleaning does get clothes wet. The main difference is that instead of using water + detergent, the dry cleaning process replaces them with a certain type of chemical solvent.

FYI
http://youtu.be/yTMuJmZDPkA
http://youtu.be/1B8aQYPX_rE

I don't have much knowledge about the chemical involved in dry cleaning. But if I'm not willing to soak my jeans in clean water, I don't think I'd like to soak them in chemical either. I'm not sure if dry cleaning is really any better than regular "wet" cleaning in terms of preventing shrinking and minimizing indigo loss.
post #33 of 52
Good video


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Here's a video of me washing my raw denim after wearing it for 18 months.



And we posted the instructions, details, and photos here: How to wash your raw denim jeans

Hope it helps!
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post #34 of 52
new catch phrase "WEAR AND DON'T CARE" meaning just wear the raw denim and forget about caring for it!LOL!!
post #35 of 52
Personally, I try to avoid the dry cleaners. I haven't found one that I would feel 100% safe with any expensive item.

I have a front loader that has a hand wash cycle on it. I use that and hang dry when actually washing my jeans. Its a gentle and very short cycle.
post #36 of 52
I just treat them like a cheap, regular pair of jeans, just no drying. I wash them like once a month, as you don't want to be that guy who doesn't wash his jeans and smells.
post #37 of 52
I have heard of people wearing them in hot water. Is this suggested?
post #38 of 52
i wear them when i put them in the washing machine. i have a large washing machine.
post #39 of 52
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Originally Posted by zacharydschroeder View Post
I purchased unwashed Levi's Skinners about two months ago. I have not washed them yet. I've probably worn them 15 or 16 times. They are starting to show some wear, but mostly the indigo is just turning brighter at the stress points. That means when I wash them (in a few months), those are the points where the indigo will not hold and it will be extra faded there after I wash? All those Nudies on their website were worn unwashed for a long time, but the real high levels of distress come from the first wash after constant wear, right? I plan to wear my jeans a while before I wash them, but if I wash them cold will they come out of the wash not even looking faded? Could I just shower with them on instead so they hold a good fit?
its cool you want to have a nice fading pair of jeans but i think you are worrying about it to much. your jeans should fade and wear according to how you wear them. if your a construction worker your jeans will fade differently from someone that only wears their jeans for 2 or 3 hours a day. you should NOT worry what other people do otherwise it makes no sense to buy raw denim. the point of buying raw denim is to differentiate yourself from every other douche bag out there. wear your jeans however you want. wash when they are dirty. if they smell, its time to wash (even if its at month 2). personally, i wash my raw jeans once a month, sometimes earlier, and my jeans fade well. i am not suggesting you need to wash as often as me but i do recommend you wash when they are dirty. denim needs to be washed frequently in order to hold up well ... assuming you will wear them for 1 - 2 years. in terms of your first wash i would wash in cold water with a mild detergent (woolite or woolite dark). i would avoid the dryer, if possible. the dryer does weird things with cotton-based garments. do not expect them to show real signs of wear for at least 5 months. what you are seeing now it the denim wearing in stress areas ... once you do your first wash those areas will lighten up slightly but like i said you will not notice any real wear for around 5 months +/- depending on how much you wear them. most of all, enjoy them. move up to a higher quality denim for your next pair.
post #40 of 52
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i wear them when i put them in the washing machine. i have a large washing machine.
where to kop?
post #41 of 52
Quick question: Is "unwashed" denim the same thing as "raw" denim??

Second quick question: The tag on mine says avoid contact with light colour clothing but I always like to tuck in my polos. Will the dye on the inside waistband of these unwashed jeans rub their colour off on my white polo shirt?
post #42 of 52
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Originally Posted by SuitMyself View Post
Quick question: Is "unwashed" denim the same thing as "raw" denim??

Second quick question: The tag on mine says avoid contact with light colour clothing but I always like to tuck in my polos. Will the dye on the inside waistband of these unwashed jeans rub their colour off on my white polo shirt?

Answer to your second question - Yes. It's not going to happen in just 1 or 2 wears (unless it's raining and your jean got wet). But some of the blue dye did transfer onto the white undershirts and white sneakers that I frequently wear with my jeans.
post #43 of 52
gentle cycle and hang dry for me
post #44 of 52
I've heard of freezing them to kill the bacteria (you can try googling "freezing denim"). Wear the denim for eight months before the first wash to get that fading effect (the filthier the jeans is, the more it fades during washing)
post #45 of 52
anyone who puts their nut sweated and assjuiced jeans in their goddamn fridge needs to get their head checked.
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