How does hot soaking work? I want to hot soak as well.
How hot should the water be?
How long should I soak it?
Flip it inside out?
Would it help in shrinking the length? I currently have it double cuffed and it's still too long... Should I uncuff them during hot soak or leave them cuffed?
More info please!
Hot soaking helps shrink unsanforized (shrink-to-fit) denim with minimal indigo loss. I like to soak using the hottest water that comes out of the tap. Some people will pour in pots of boiling water during the soak to make it even hotter, but I prefer not to do that because it can destroy the leather patch. I usually soak for about an hour. I usually flip the jeans inside out before I soak, but it probably doesn't make a difference since there is no agitation. I would uncuff your jeans before you soak.
Whether soaking will shrink the length of the denim signficantly depends on whether the denim is sanforized (pre-shrunk) or unsanforized (shrink-to-fit). With N&F jeans, the only unsanforized models are the Oni collab and the Flat Head collab. All other N&F models are pre-shrunk, so hot soaking probably won't get you more than an inch of shrinkage in the length.