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post #31 of 56
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How long do you hang your Heavyweight jeans until they are dry?

I know we are supposed to avoid the direct sunlight, but this seems to take 2 days plus, to get them dry. 

I cracked and threw them into the dryer for 15 minutes to speed it up a bit.  They felt tight, but loosened up again, just the same.    

These are the Unbranded UB 321's, with a bit more than a week of casual wear (a few hours a day after work, and on weekends).  Due to the heavy mud and rain, they've been washed twice.  It's a "car selfie" and after they are dry, I will take some better shots.  I love the way they feel, and the way they went from harsh to manageable with wear.  I know that the stitching is not the world's greatest (I'll show with some photos, too), but until I can land those "The Twenty Six" from Gustin, I am not only enjoying these, but decided the fades were too much fun to go at it alone, so I ordered a pair for my wife.  I am going to put them away for a week, until her's arrive, and then let her catch up for another week, and then will go one on one, mano a mano, with my better half, with the winner of the Fades taking the loser to her favorite restaurant.  


Oops, the pesky pronoun gave me away.  





PS:  Hirsch, how are you feeling?

Thnx

Scared

V v sick - Ive seen doctor and hospitals 6 times in 8 days

Body not really holding food

Always feeling sick

Can't sleep because of body pain

Won't survive if I continue like this :/(
post #32 of 56
Not sure if this has been done before: has anyone considered freezing your heavyweight denim during the summer (when you don't wear it) to prevent crotch blow by slowing down bacteria breaking down your denim? I'm going to test it out this summer with my N&F 26oz, its too hot to wear it during the next 3 months and I'd prefer not to wash it yet.
post #33 of 56
Thread Starter 

^ Just don’t put anything on top of them by accident or they will shatter.

My advice would be to soak them in warm water with Dr. Bronner’s magic soap for about 40 minutes, than line dry and store them in a closet, cabinet, or similar until they will be needed again. The natural oils in the Dr. Bronner’s soap will actually rejuvenate the old dried out cotton fibers making them stronger and less prone to breakage. But if you don’t want to wash them and are after those absolutely never washed fades then maybe you should just go for it and see what happens.

Hirsh-- Best of luck mate.

post #34 of 56
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^ Just don’t put anything on top of them by accident or they will shatter.



My advice would be to soak them in warm water with Dr. Bronner’s magic soap for about 40 minutes, than line dry and store them in a closet, cabinet, or similar until they will be needed again. The natural oils in the Dr. Bronner’s soap will actually rejuvenate the old dried out cotton fibers making them stronger and less prone to breakage. But if you don’t want to wash them and are after those absolutely never washed fades then maybe you should just go for it and see what happens.



Hirsh-- Best of luck mate.



Thnx v v v much!smile.gif
post #35 of 56
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Not sure if this has been done before: has anyone considered freezing your heavyweight denim during the summer (when you don't wear it) to prevent crotch blow by slowing down bacteria breaking down your denim? I'm going to test it out this summer with my N&F 26oz, its too hot to wear it during the next 3 months and I'd prefer not to wash it yet.

Have you washed them? 

 

What about a wash, and seal them in an airtight plastic bag for the summer?

post #36 of 56
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Have you washed them? 

What about a wash, and seal them in an airtight plastic bag for the summer?

I have not washed them. I started breaking them in since early this year, its only been 4 months in. I wanna wait at least 6 months before my first wash but won't be touching them during summer.

Still contemplating a wash and say eft it.
post #37 of 56
Thread Starter 

Just letting them hang in the closet during the summer might be much better than freezing them because it will let them air out which freezing might not do. I think that people freeze because it is quicker, but if you’re not going to be wearing them for months that shouldn’t be a factor.

post #38 of 56
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I have not washed them. I started breaking them in since early this year, its only been 4 months in. I wanna wait at least 6 months before my first wash but won't be touching them during summer.

Still contemplating a wash and say eft it.

I would not risk it, myself, but freezing does kill germs.  Folding them nicely, putting them in a freezer bag, and then to the freezer might work.  For me, I would wash once first, but you've obviously worked hard at the fades. 

post #39 of 56
You could always turn them inside-out and hang them in the sun for an afternoon. Sunlight is a good sanitizer and if they are inside-out the denim shouldn't fade (especially if only for a few hours).
post #40 of 56
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Originally Posted by JChance View Post

Not sure if this has been done before: has anyone considered freezing your heavyweight denim during the summer (when you don't wear it) to prevent crotch blow by slowing down bacteria breaking down your denim? I'm going to test it out this summer with my N&F 26oz, its too hot to wear it during the next 3 months and I'd prefer not to wash it yet.

IMO with raw denim a cold or cool soak with a mild soap like woolite or dr. bronners sal suds will not result in much indigo loss. What I wold do is soak for 45 minutes or so flat in the tub, turning and lightly working the areas where dirt gather (crotch, cuffs) with your hands. Then rinse in cold, hang til mostly dry, wear until fully dry, then hang (NOT fold) in an aerated place. I'm pretty sure you'll be OK.

I've noticed there's a huge difference between a soak to get out smell etc. and an actual "wash" in a machine, even on the gentlest cycle. I'm also not sure about your theory of bacteria "breaking down" denim. IMO what causes blowouts is friction, pure and simple, and dirt/sand can aggravate it.
post #41 of 56
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Originally Posted by andy b. View Post

You could always turn them inside-out and hang them in the sun for an afternoon. Sunlight is a good sanitizer and if they are inside-out the denim shouldn't fade (especially if only for a few hours).

Andy,

 

is sun drying a concern for shrinkage?

post #42 of 56
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Originally Posted by Peter1 View Post


IMO with raw denim a cold or cool soak with a mild soap like woolite or dr. bronners sal suds will not result in much indigo loss. What I wold do is soak for 45 minutes or so flat in the tub, turning and lightly working the areas where dirt gather (crotch, cuffs) with your hands. Then rinse in cold, hang til mostly dry, wear until fully dry, then hang (NOT fold) in an aerated place. I'm pretty sure you'll be OK.

I've noticed there's a huge difference between a soak to get out smell etc. and an actual "wash" in a machine, even on the gentlest cycle. I'm also not sure about your theory of bacteria "breaking down" denim. IMO what causes blowouts is friction, pure and simple, and dirt/sand can aggravate it.

 

 

Due to mud, a few regular machine washing of these Unbranded 21 ounce jeans:

 

 

post #43 of 56
stop being afraid of washing your god forsaken jeans.
post #44 of 56
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Andy,

is sun drying a concern for shrinkage?

I'm not even saying to wash them, just hang them up to air them out. A lot of times people forget that humans have been around for about 50,000 years. We've been cleaning the items we wear and eat from a lot longer than washing machines and dishwashers have been around. The UV rays from the sun and natural ozone are some of the best sanitizers out there. But telling folks to hang their laundry in the sun to dry and sanitize it won't generate a lot of dryer sales for LG and Samsung. biggrin.gif

That said, I don't think hanging wet jeans in the sun will shrink them any more than hanging wet jeans from a hanger in your bathroom.
post #45 of 56
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Originally Posted by andy b. View Post


I'm not even saying to wash them, just hang them up to air them out. A lot of times people forget that humans have been around for about 50,000 years. We've been cleaning the items we wear and eat from a lot longer than washing machines and dishwashers have been around. The UV rays from the sun and natural ozone are some of the best sanitizers out there. But telling folks to hang their laundry in the sun to dry and sanitize it won't generate a lot of dryer sales for LG and Samsung. biggrin.gif

That said, I don't think hanging wet jeans in the sun will shrink them any more than hanging wet jeans from a hanger in your bathroom.

 

We went years without a dryer.  When it broke, we did not replace it.  It is just so much better for quality clothes to be hung dry.  

 

The UB321's in the photo have gotten those lines from the washing machine.  

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