Originally Posted by k4lnamja
Opened up my closet and found a box I didn't know I had.
Inside? 2 Naked selvedge jeans, shipley halmos jeans, dries pants, zanella uni's, brioni suit.
That's a nice box to find.
(Yes, I see it.)
Originally Posted by hbkshin
Is this Blackwatch?
TROUSER EXPERIMENT REPORT
Anyone who has ever thrifted used men's pants knows the shock, awe and disappointment of finding awesome light grat flannel flat fronts with an 8" leg opening only to find the lining stained like a kitty litter box. Frustrated, angry, and simply not going to take it anymore, I've been planning for some time to do a comparative analysis of the various detergent options to find one that is color safe and material safe on wools, but that cleans the lining.
In Phase 1, now complete, I tested the following:
Enzyme based detergent (Tide)
Non-enzyme based detergent (wisk)
In addition to straight soaks, I also ran one set of trou in each of the above soaks with a pre-treat of eachn of the following (each on different trou)
Lanolin based hand cleaner
As a method, the pretreats soaked for 48 hours. For the soaks themselves (again, 48 hours), the trou were suspended from the left leg, dipping the right waistband only into the soak, allowing a comparison of unsoaked and soaked. I also assigned each lining a rating from 1-10 before the soak, with 10 being the most severely stained. I measured outseam and cuff width, to track shrinkage.
I was planning a full scientific writeup, but
Suffice it to say that most did nothing or very little. Enzyme/Tide was not color safe. Non-enzyme/Wisk seemed best. Damage to the wool seems to be minimal, if the proper steps are followed, including: Rigorous rinse soak to remove the residual detergent; slow, careful drying, NOT hanging the garment or otherwise putting it under stress or pressure (i,e, no wringing or strong agitation; dried laid flat). If followed, the results with Wisk can be quite dramatic. One pair went from a soil level of 8, I think, to a 1 or a 2.
Note that metal clasps rusted in the various soaks.
Results of Phase 1 can be viewed here:
Phase 2 will be to break all trou into piles of similar color. Then all trou will be soaked in wisk, full emersion. This will re-test color fastness (since I only ran wisk on a limited subset of colors).
No need to thank me; just send me your NWT E. Marinella and E.G. Cappelli ties and John Lobbs.