Friday, December 31, 2010

Laundering Denim

Prevent Bleeding Denim!

* High quality denim is less processed and tends to bleed more
* Always wash before wearing, even pre-washed denims
* The first few launderings, wash separately; add white vinegar to the water
* Wash in medium temperature and low dry

Above tip courtesy of

Removing Stains From Denim

Denim is a fairly low-maintenance fabric, but stains will set into it if not cleaned right away. For most stains, all you will need to do is blot at them with some cold water mixed with a mild detergent. If the stain is stubborn, try some stronger solutions, like a dry-cleaning solution or white vinegar.

Grease stains

Grease stains most often result from petroleum-based spills, and the stains are extremely stubborn. Using solvent cleaners can usually remove the grease, but these cleaners may contain bleaching agents that can damage the fabric, so make sure to try them on some inconspicuous area of your garment before you apply them on the stain.

The best way to go about it is to blot the stain with the solvent. Now, use the familiar mix of mild detergent and tepid water and gently blot the stain. Third, use a clean white cloth dipped in some alcohol to further blot the stain. This should take care of the matter, but if the stain remains, try scrubbing it gently with dishwashing detergent and then rinsing the area with a mixture of white vinegar and water.

Food and oil stains

The first thing to do is to blot the stained area with a cloth soaked in dry-cleaning solvent. Then, sponge the area gently with a mixture of a mild detergent and tepid water. This blotting and sponging should remove most food and grease stains. You should wipe off the residual detergent with a damp cloth.

Go to the link above to find specific instructions for other types of stains.

REMEMBER, regular stain removal products contain bleach that will blotch your denim forever.

The images used in this post are from "The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen", an impromptu gift for family and friends recorded on Christmas Day 2008 by Narelle and her sister Sarah, which you can view below.

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