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How to care for raw denim

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by zacharydschroeder, May 3, 2007.

  1. zacharydschroeder

    zacharydschroeder Senior member

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    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?
     
  2. KennyGhetzoff

    KennyGhetzoff Senior member

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    you are wise to seek the information of this forum, young grasshopper. but there are so many questions and so little time. With one click of your mouse, you shall find the answers to all that you seek.

    *music swells*

    I GIVE YOU..... the search function. Treat it well and let it lead the way, it will show you all the beauty you possess inside and t'will give you a sense of pride.
     
  3. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Senior member

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    wash when intolerably dirty; hang dry; wear frequently

    adjust according to nerdiness
     
  4. robbie

    robbie Senior member

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    my redloops are cooler than your skinners zach
     
  5. zacharydschroeder

    zacharydschroeder Senior member

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    my redloops are cooler than your skinners zach

    oh yeah?? We'll just have to compare when you're in town. You may be forgetting I have the Skinny Reds that may or may not look like your Red Loops. Oh, by the way, most Red Loops are dry, so don't wash them. Now you can take some strain off your Rustlers, eh?
     
  6. robbie

    robbie Senior member

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    yeah dude, i am going until September 28 w/ my rustlers
    and November 1 with my new Red Loops
     
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    you can basically do whatever you want. But arent those pre-washed? If so, there is no real reason to wash it before it gets dirty.
     
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    Levi's recommends dry-cleaning their raw denim, or else it might end up shrinking too much.
     
  9. zacharydschroeder

    zacharydschroeder Senior member

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    you can basically do whatever you want. But arent those pre-washed?

    mine are the "worn unwashed" finish.
     
  10. lowrey

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    just wear them regularly and wash when you really need to. people go from a month to a year without washing, its just personal preference.

    fading is caused by wear and washing might bring it out a bit, but from my experience with various jeans the effect a wash gives is not that dramatic. use mild detergant and wash them in cold or warm.
     
  11. jingco

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

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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags.

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

    Hope it helps!
     
  12. ss10guy3

    ss10guy3 Senior member

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    Some guys here will recommend against it, but I dry clean once a month because I'm too lazy to hand wash. It's worked great so far.
     
  13. Pablo-T

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    Some guys here will recommend against it, but I dry clean once a month because I'm too lazy to hand wash. It's worked great so far.
    It's bad for the planet, for you, and not particularly good for your jeans.
     
  14. underwearer

    underwearer Senior member

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    wear everyday and never wash them.
     
  15. mlyngard

    mlyngard Senior member

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    you are wise to seek the information of this forum, young grasshopper. but there are so many questions and so little time. With one click of your mouse, you shall find the answers to all that you seek. *music swells* I GIVE YOU..... the search function. Treat it well and let it lead the way, it will show you all the beauty you possess inside and t'will give you a sense of pride.
    wash when intolerably dirty; hang dry; wear frequently adjust according to nerdiness
    lulz
    Levi's recommends dry-cleaning their raw denim, or else it might end up shrinking too much.
    Okay, ante up. Show me where it say that.
     
  16. mlyngard

    mlyngard Senior member

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    Here's a video of me washing my raw denim after wearing it for 18 months.
    IMPORTANT NOTICE: No media files are hosted on these forums. By clicking the link below you agree to view content from an external website. We can not be held responsible for the suitability or legality of this material. If the video does not play, wait a minute or try again later. I AGREE

    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. And we posted the instructions, details, and photos here: How to wash your raw denim jeans Hope it helps!

    lulz "Taking care of your raw denim and achieving spectular fades may seem like a monumental task, but it's a lot easier than you may think." "2. Add a small amount of laundry detergent. I recommend Woolite Dark for minimizing indigo loss." When do any dudes think they've become experts when the personal experience and wisdom of the original Osaka Five denim company founders and even the Levis historians are debated. Some wash often, some wash sometimes.
     
  17. KitAkira

    KitAkira Senior member

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    Obsessing over how to treat your denim = weak ass fades.
     
  18. zacharydschroeder

    zacharydschroeder Senior member

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    Obsessing over how to treat your denim = weak ass fades.

    *Palm to forehead*

    Well, suffice to say I've figured out a few things about denim since May of 2007 when I wrote that.
     
  19. jingco

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    Thanks, i updated the spelling error. What's wrong with the 2nd?

    I agree there are a lot of different opinions on washing raw denim.

    lulz

    "Taking care of your raw denim and achieving spectular fades may seem like a monumental task, but it's a lot easier than you may think."

    "2. Add a small amount of laundry detergent. I recommend Woolite Dark for minimizing indigo loss."

    When do any dudes think they've become experts when the personal experience and wisdom of the original Osaka Five denim company founders and even the Levis historians are debated. Some wash often, some wash sometimes.
     
  20. airblaster503

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    I think the fact that you talk about trying to achieve spectacular fades, but you go on talking about woolite dark trying to minimize indigo loss. That doesn't make any sense, if you want good fades, why the hell would you want to use a detergent that minimizes the loss of the indigo???
     

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