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washing raw denim

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by braidkid, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. braidkid

    braidkid Senior member

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    Hello there,
    I just got my first pair of APC NS's and I'm excited to say the least. I've been reading this site for a few months now and have a question regarding washing raw dry denim. It is my understanding that I should wear these as long as possible without washing for them to get their own distinct wear. My question is, what is it about washing that removes honeycombs/whiskering/etc..? Is it the water or the dryer? What's the difference between soaking in cold water for 20 minutes vs. washing in the washing machine? I noticed my APC's said to wash with black woolite....what's this for?

    If anyone can give some basic info as to why not to wash denim and what washing does to the fabric, I would be very thankful. And please dont say, use the search function, as I have never seen the reason behind not washing jeans and the theory behind it. Thanks...
     


  2. kapay

    kapay Well-Known Member

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    Wearing jeans for long periods of time removes indigo dye where there is the most wear. Washing them removes indigo evenly throughout the jeans making the wear less distinct. Cold water removes minimal indigo while machine wash removes maximum indigo. Black woolite is supposed to prevent a lot of indigo loss however most people will tell you to use organic soap because I believe it doesn't have any active ingredients that would aid indigo loss.
     


  3. braidkid

    braidkid Senior member

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    Wow, Kapay, thanks for the informative post.
     


  4. Cali4nia_Matt

    Cali4nia_Matt Active Member

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    The APC Information card also explains the Seawater Recipe which says to "go swimming in the ocean wearing your jeans, rub your jeans with dry sand, and repeat several times." Was this a joke or serious? Has anyone actually done this?
     


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    kapay Well-Known Member

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    The Seawater recipe comes from the idea that salt will also prevent indigo loss but many people say this is either false or not worth swimming around in the ocean. Also the sand will create more unique distressing. Unfortunately one of the biggest reasons not to do it is your jeans smelling like the ocean once it's nice and dry since it replaces regular washing.
     


  6. Cali4nia_Matt

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    The Seawater recipe comes from the idea that salt will also prevent indigo loss but many people say this is either false or not worth swimming around in the ocean. Also the sand will create more unique distressing. Unfortunately one of the biggest reasons not to do it is your jeans smelling like the ocean once it's nice and dry since it replaces regular washing.

    I doubt the sand would do much if it's only a couple times during one day.
     


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    kapay Well-Known Member

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    It'll do subtle fading... they are tiny rocks after all...

    (yeah i know they're not really rocks but I'm an art major and I watched Eternal Sunshine. Cut me some slack)
     


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    The APC Information card also explains the Seawater Recipe which says to "go swimming in the ocean wearing your jeans, rub your jeans with dry sand, and repeat several times." Was this a joke or serious? Has
    anyone actually done this?


    i was in ko chang thailand and took my 6 month old rescues for a bath in the gulf of thailand in june. the girl i was chilling with was like "why the fuck did you wear your jeans into the ocean?" it ended up that i needed to wash them anyways because they never properly dried due to the intense humidity in thailand. it works, very little indigo loss if any at all...more like just dirt came out
     


  9. Cali4nia_Matt

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    I suppose the only real reason to do it instead of putting them into a bath tub full of cold water is to be able to say you jumped into the ocean with them on. Though, wouldn't the sea water make them smell?
     


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    i soak my nudie dry in hot water and there's also minimal indigo lost.... (ultra mild lost)
     


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    this crazy russian guy just washed his brand new superdry jeans. and he says that this jeans never been worn before the first wash

    i think it's crazy
     


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    Eason Bicurious Racist

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    haha braidkid I thought it was a troll until I saw the date.
    P.s. sneaky russian bastards
     


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    What's the deal with washing black raw denim?
     


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    What's the deal with washing black raw denim?

    Its racist
     


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