Incorrectly Washed Raw Denim - Un-Even Dye Leeching. Please Help!!

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  1. parallelogram

    parallelogram Member

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    Hello Guys,

    I made a big error. I have a new pair of Raw indigo Helmut Lang jeans which were too stiff and I thought if I washed them they would get softer. I washed them in cold water, and set them up for hang dry.
    I decided to take a look a them and found out that the colour had faded or become lighter unevenly in some places?!?! I looked at the washing instructions (after washing them, doh!), it said Do Not Wash!!

    What do you denim aficionados suggest I do? I really love these jeans, I just feel really gutted at the moment.
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    Any honest (and intelligent) suggestions will be supremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

    rgrds,
    parallel..
     
  2. MIKE_JE

    MIKE_JE Senior member

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    Hello Guys,

    I made a big error. I have a new pair of Raw indigo Helmut Lang jeans which were too stiff and I thought if I washed them they would get softer. I washed them in cold water, and set them up for hang dry.
    I decided to take a look a them and found out that the colour had faded or become lighter unevenly in some places?!?! I looked at the washing instructions (after washing them, doh!), it said Do Not Wash!!

    What do you denim aficionados suggest I do? I really love these jeans, I just feel really gutted at the moment.
    [​IMG]

    Any honest (and intelligent) suggestions will be supremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

    rgrds,
    parallel..



    First of all, when you wash raw denim and hang to dry there is often soap residue left in various spots that you will be able to just brush off. Try that, it might be fooling you.

    Second, don't start a new thread for this. There is a jean thread that already exists.
     
  3. KitAkira

    KitAkira Wait! Wait! I gots an opinion!

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    Seppuku, for your denim journey is no more
     
  4. pimpmystyle

    pimpmystyle Senior member

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    Talk about narcissism run amok: "oh no! I washed my pants too early!" No wonder the world's going down the shitter.
     
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    reedobandito Senior member

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    Seppuku, for your denim journey is no more

    Best response evar.

    But you're probably alright, I doubt they're permanently calico'd.
     
  6. meso

    meso Senior member

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    Talk about narcissism run amok: "oh no! I washed my pants too early!" No wonder the world's going down the shitter.

    B-b-b-but who will think of the denim?
     
  7. parallelogram

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    Hey MSSneaker, thanks for the reply. I will take a look at the soap residue, but I can definitely see uneven dye leeching. I had worn these jeans literally 3 times, before I had decided to wash them due to their stiffness. Personally I don't care about whiskers and the broken-in effect ,etc. I looked at my other HL jeans, the tags on all of them say Dry Clean Only. Oh well...

    Sorry for starting another thread, I was suffering from a state of panic and grief.

    To all the other dim-witted folk: honestly guys, if you have that much time on your hands, its a shame.
     
  8. mellow

    mellow Well-Known Member

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    If they're 100% cotton you shouldn't bother worrying about it. I mean, you shouldn't worry about such a thing in the first place but especially if they're straight up cotton.
     
  9. parallelogram

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    unbelievable! please read the post correctly. It is not about "narcissism" or "washing the denim early". The question was regarding un-even dye leeching and marbling effects occurring due to incorrectly washing a pair of very nice jeans. The OP was asking how to rectify the error he had made, or possibly reduce its negative effects.

    Wow. Maybe people need to reflect on the level of arrogance they are operating at. sheesh!
     
  10. parallelogram

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    Hey mellow, thanks for the response. Yes, they are 100% cotton. Is there a way to restore the colour, or even out the dye out across the pants. I was reading on Oki-ni that to even out the dye one should wash the jeans with a little bit of salt in the water:

    "If your jeans are heavily pigmented dry or raw denim, washing cold with salt for the first cycle should help to set any loose dye in the fabric." ---- does this actually work?

    I had acquired these jeans for formal wear, that is why I was feeling a little gutted. If they were my normal beater jeans I wouldn't be too worried.
     
  11. entrero

    entrero Senior member

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    unbelievable! please read the post correctly. It is not about "narcissism" or "washing the denim early".

    Maybe you should edit your thread title, because it suggest just that. Post some pics would be handy.
     
  12. parallelogram

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    Yes entrero, you are correct. I just changed the thread title. thanks for the tip.

    the jeans are still drying, therefore i can't post any pics. posting pics in opinion would be slightly useless as the fades aren't extremely obvious, and it would be difficult to get an exact colour representation of them in a photograph. but i would say that certain areas are no longer 'dark blue' and have become 'lighter blue' - as in certain chunks or patches and streaks, and that certainly looks weird!
     
  13. westinghouse

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    Wash them again...
     
  14. KitAkira

    KitAkira Wait! Wait! I gots an opinion!

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    unbelievable! please read the post correctly. It is not about "narcissism" or "washing the denim early". The question was regarding un-even dye leeching and marbling effects occurring due to incorrectly washing a pair of very nice jeans. The OP was asking how to rectify the error he had made, or possibly reduce its negative effects. Wow. Maybe people need to reflect on the level of arrogance they are operating at. sheesh!
    You cannot fool us by defending yourself in 3rd person.
    Yes entrero, you are correct. I just changed the thread title. thanks for the tip. the jeans are still drying, therefore i can't post any pics. posting pics in opinion would be slightly useless as the fades aren't extremely obvious, and it would be difficult to get an exact colour representation of them in a photograph. but i would say that certain areas are no longer 'dark blue' and have become 'lighter blue' - as in certain chunks or patches and streaks, and that certainly looks weird!
    Problem solved. Would have faded anyway since you bought raw denim, what did you expect them to do?
     
  15. macuser3of5

    macuser3of5 Senior member

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    I had acquired these jeans for formal wear
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