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Part Myth, Part Truth - 5 Denimhead Beliefs Explained

They may be the most comfortable clothes that you can own. But are you sure that you are taking care of them properly? There are beliefs everywhere; freeze your jeans! No no, don't wash them. They are your closest life companions, and definitely, you should treasure them—while you’re lucky enough to find one.

Rather than just do what they do, why not find out the truth? There are variety of myths out there about your blues, but in fact, not all of those advices will actually add extra wear to your favorite pairs. We at Denimio care and want everybody to get the best for their denim and treat them right- so we're here are to, let's say, tweak the five most common beliefs regarding your valuable true-blues. Let's carry on to the road of the real denimheads!

Myth 1: Freezing Your Jeans Will Get Rid of Those Smells and Bacteria

Most denimheads (and maybe you too!) don't really wash their jeans. A risk we will take but cheerfully endure for the best worn-jeans results. We probably think twice about washing that new pair of jeans or even to take them off. It started with the obsession to make the perfect pair of pants- and continues to this day. A lot of "true faders" don't wash them - even for months at a time. Some even use them as pajamas and sleep in them to get authentic-looking honeycombs on the back of the knees and lap whiskering.

With this belief, people have their jeans covered with tiny food stains or accumulated dirt. Of course they do spot cleaning, but as time went on,  freezing popped up to  become of one the best alternatives to get rid of unwanted germs on their jeans. The method is simple. They fold their jeans neatly and place them inside a ziploc bag, seal the bag, then insert in freezer. The hope is that they will come out smelling nice and new after a week in the fridge.

However, this doesn't get rid of one of the biggest problems- the stench. Jeans and heavy, and wearing them for even hours in August might make it a walking hazard around the house. Freezing does sometimes help with bacteria killing, but it wouldn't sort out those stains on your jeans! So next time when you start wondering the consequences of putting your jeans in the ice box (a.k.a It will be lying next to those microwave dinners), maybe think about what this really does for them - and determine whether putting away your beloved jeans for a week really helps.

 

Myth 2: If you must wash your jeans, do so sparingly.

Over time, the buildup of dirt, oil, and skin (Yuck!) and whatever other grime attaches itself to your jeans will break the material down. So when and how to decide it's time to wash them?

  • They smell
  • They’re stretched out and have gotten saggy at the knees and tush
  • They’re visibly dirty

But maybe those circumstances don’t inspire you to  wash your jeans! You know what? That’s fine. They’re your jeans. You are an adult with your own free will. Washing your jeans rarely can help preserve their shape. This is especially true for denim that hasn’t been prewashed, which takes it longer to mould it to fit your body’s contours. For example, raw denim is best given a good six months before washing. The longer you can leave it, the higher contrast fades you'll get, if you're into that kind of thing. The reason for this is that the indigo will have worn off in places where you make natural creases. But if you DO want (and need) to wash your blues, just follow the "only cold water" tip. You'll be safe since the temperature won't rinse the dye down.

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Myth 3: Never put your jeans in the tumble dryer.

Some Denimheads believe it's all right to put jeans in the dryer, with some caveats. According to Good Housekeeping "All fabrics and especially jeans benefit when you take them out of the dryer slightly damp. Simply tug and smooth them into shape and let them finish drying flat or on a hanger. If, even after tumbling on low heat and a delicate cycle, you see lots of lint on the dryer's filter, you may want to switch to line drying your jeans to help preserve the fabric."

If your jeans are stretched out, a quick tumble in the dryer can help them regain their shape. (You'll know that already if you've read this golden manual!)  Denim is a sturdy fabric made to tolerate dryers although maybe not at super high heat. Follow the inside your jeans (on the label) and remove the jeans when they are slightly damp to prevent unwanted creasing.

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Myth 4: Wearing your jeans in the bathtub can ensure a perfect fit.

Except fading, “Shrink-to-fit” also provide a totally different experience for having a pair of raw denim. Among denimheads, the process of wearing in a pair of raw jeans is a part of the charm. As the denim shrinks and conforms to your body, it also develops fading and whiskers with a more natural appearance. But how can we get a pair of jeans with a perfect fit? No worries, you can put the jeans on, run a warm bath, and get in. Stay in there for at least 15 minutes. Then get out of the tub, towel dry, try a few lunges, and keep your jeans on for about 30 minutes. Then take them off and hang dry (do not put in dryer). It would work for those who buy smaller size jeans who are afraid of too much shrinkage.

  1. Put your jeans on and button them up
  2. Fill your bathtub up with warm water, and sit in it until your jeans are soaked (approximately 15 minutes)
  3. Pull at areas you want to loosen while in the tub (for approximately 10 minutes)
  4. Stand up and let yourself drip-dry, then get out the tub and dry off
  5. Continue to wear for around an hour, try lunges, squats or sit-ups to stretch out denim
  6. Take off your jeans and hang them out to dry
  7. Once dry, repeat exercises (for approximately 10 minutes) to ensure the fibres don’t contract

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Myth 5: Stretch Jeans fit better

Those that have a better opinion on fitted jeans are always advocating for stretch jeans that wrap your legs and thus, form a tighter silhouette. However, this is probably only true for those first time wears. Why raw denim possesses such a holy set of followers is mainly because how these jeans, well, grow on you. Unlike stretch jeans, raw denim starts out as blank canvas for the fit- get one that you usually are suited to, then start the magic! Over weeks, these jeans gradually form themselves on your legs (no, not Jumanji style), but rather a nice and steady pace of "form-fitting" , so by the time you grow into them, they've grown into you. Stretch jeans, raw denim jeans- they are all the perfect fit, providing you take care of them.

If, though, by chance you've decided you just had to shrink/ expand the fit, here are a few tips that are tried and true to get you the best size you want:

  • To stretch the waistline, soak it with warm water and then wear or use a large hanger to stretch
  • To stretch thighs, cold-wash, then wear to stretch, or stretch out thighs with arms
  • When stretching, repeat process if the desired result is achieved
  • If you’re seeking stretch and comfort, buy jeans with a little elastane
  • Shrinkage can be achieved through a hot-wash, boiling your jeans or wearing them in a warm bath
  • Use a tumble dryer on hot to finish the shrinking process

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After a full revealing of the "myths", why not try some of them out yourself? See what works for you and what doesn't, then personalize your denim caring style as a pro should.

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