How to Care for Premium Denim

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Premium denim garments, such as jeans and jackets, are typically made from high-quality fabric, dyes and other materials. These garments don't come cheap, so when you buy one, you want your investment to last. Without proper care, a denim item might fade, shrink or stretch. By laundering your denim the right way, your garment will stay in like-new condition for many years.

Step 1

Launder your denim only as often as necessary. Unless your garment gets very dirty, you don't need to wash it. By washing the item less, you'll extend its life.

Step 2

Turn denim inside-out before laundering it. This helps protect the fabric from wear and fading.

Step 3

Wash denim in cold water on the normal cycle to prevent shrinkage and color bleeding. Any bleach-free detergent will safely clean denim. Use a detergent that's formulated for dark-colored clothing if you have black or dark-blue denim.

Step 4

Add a capful of liquid fabric softener to the laundry when washing rough or starchy jeans.

Step 5

Hand wash denim if you prefer not to use the washing machine. Fill a tub halfway with lukewarm water, then add 2 tablespoons of mild liquid soap. Immerse the garment in the water and allow it to soak for 20 minutes.

Step 6

Hang the denim garment up to dry or lay it down flat on a towel. Do not put denim in the dryer; the heat can make the fabric shrink.