Updated: 08.11.2022 15:58:35

Black jeans are always in fashion, and they are also versatile. You can wear them to work, to important meetings, and to parties with friends. Another advantage of this wardrobe item is that dirt is practically invisible on black, so you can wear it longer than light and white things. However, of course, you need to wash black jeans, and here a problem arises — from contact with water and detergents, the fabric can begin to fade, shed, look somehow pale, whitish and completely unpresentable. Therefore, we wash as little as possible, observing the simple rules for caring for black-dyed denim.

How to wash black jeans in the machine automatically and manually

How often should you wash black jeans?

The less denim is in contact with water and washing powder, the longer it retains its color, and things — their original shape. It is necessary to wash black jeans as they get dirty, the frequency of cleaning procedures depends on how often you put on a thing and in what conditions it is used. If you wear every day, then once a week you can freshen up a wardrobe item by doing a quick wash in the washing machine or by hand. If jeans are worn several times a week or two, and not for gatherings in nature, but for going to work, to a restaurant, washing can be done twice as often. If this is done more often, the thing will “age” ahead of time and become unattractive, stretch or, on the contrary, sit down, fade. However, you can refresh the shade of black jeans without any problems, read the article to the end, we will tell you how to do it, how to return a deep and bright black color to black denim trousers.

How to hand wash black jeans

Hand washing black jeans is the best option because you can control the process every step of the way. The only difficulty you may encounter is the heavy weight of the item of clothing when wet. Especially if the fabric is of high quality, dense. Such products not only weigh a lot, they are poorly rinsed out, it is difficult to wring them out with high quality. But if these features of hand washing are not taken into account or ignored, then the process turns out to be quite simple:

  1. We prepare a container and water for washing. The basin should be deep enough to hold the item, and the water should be cool enough so as not to adversely affect the pigments, but at the same time warm enough to effectively remove dirt and not cause discomfort to the skin of the eraser’s hands. The optimal water temperature is from 30 to 40 degrees, that is, approximately like your body temperature.

  2. Add detergent to water. It is better that it is not a powder, but a gel, with a composition that is environmentally friendly and safe for nature and human health. Since you will be working with your hands, the detergent should be free of potential allergens and irritants. To preserve the color of jeans, you can use a special detergent for washing black clothes, following the dosage indicated on the label, based on the amount of water used.

  3. Shake the added gel well in water so that foam appears.. Keep in mind that if household chemicals are used for washing in automatic machines, there may be very little foam, in which case the amount of detergent does not need to be increased, since there is no point in this, there is no need to increase the cost of washing.

  4. Jeans ready for washing — clean pockets, brush off strong dirt, if any, fasten buttons, snakes, make sure that decorative elements are securely fixed (if something can come off, you need to either sew it on stronger or tear it off for washing). And most importantly — turn the product inside out. This will not only protect the black pigments from heavy washout, but will also reduce the risk of detergent streaks on the front. After washing, the hostess does not have to turn her wet jeans inside out to dry gently and prevent the fabric from fading in the sun.

  5. Jeans submerged in waterleave to soak for 30-60 minutes, especially if they are heavily soiled. Additionally, you can rub spots with stains with a soft sponge, like the one you wash dishes with.

  6. After the recommended time has passed, jeans are wrinkled with soft movements, like dough, and the fabric is easily rubbed in places of heavy pollution. After that, they are taken out of the water and squeezed out with crumpling movements, without twisting. The water is drained, the thing is immersed in a basin, clean cool water is poured and rinsed. Rinse should be done in several changes of water until it becomes clear.

  7. After rinsing, the water must be drained without removing the jeans from the basin, tilting it to one side and pressing the thing against the wall to squeeze out excess liquid. When the maximum water has drained, the trousers are taken out, laid out on a terry towel (preferably dark, so that no paint stains can be seen if the jeans shed a little). When moisture is absorbed into the towel, the washed product can be shaken and hung to dry on a rope or dryer bar. Just keep in mind that at the points of contact between the fabric and the rope, distinct “creases” may appear on the jeans, which are not so easy to get rid of.

As you can see, nothing complicated, washing black jeans is no fundamentally different from hand washing other things. Unless it is desirable to make the water cooler, and also not to actively rub the product so that the paint does not start to come out of the fibers.

Washing in the washing machine

Washing black jeans in the washing machine is easier than washing them by hand. Since everything is done without your participation and effort, it remains only to prepare the item for washing, choose a detergent and a suitable mode:

  1. The product is fastened with all buttons and zippers, turned inside out, having previously checked the pockets, placed in a special bag or mesh for washing in order to reduce the friction force of the thing on the walls of the drum, and also prevent stretching of the fabric.

  2. Detergent can be taken the same as for hand washing — special for black clothes (Laska 3D, Sarma Active, Burti Noir), ordinary washing powder in the form of a gel or laundry soap, grated, mixed with soda ash or ordinary baking soda and water . Loose powder is best not to use. Firstly, it has a more aggressive composition than the gel. Secondly, it does not dissolve well in cool water, and black clothes are best washed at low temperatures. Thirdly, it is poorly rinsed out of dense denim fibers, due to which the material may begin to wear out quickly, and whitish stains may appear on black fabric. Also, to improve the quality of washing and reduce the consumption of detergent, you can use special balls for washing.

  3. We select the delicate, gentle or any other similar mode — “Quick wash”, “Hand wash”. Or we simply set the temperature on the washing machine display to 30 degrees, the time is minimal (30-40 minutes), additional rinsing is optional, but recommended to eliminate the possibility of a whitish coating, spinning is 400 revolutions per minute or no spin.

After that, you can load the batch for washing, since black jeans are allowed to be washed with other black items. White and colored denim should not be placed in the drum, as even the most expensive and high-quality denim trousers can suddenly begin to shed, and other things will take on an “earthy” hue.

Proper drying and ironing

How to wash black jeans in the machine automatically and manually

After washing, we hang the trousers over a bathtub or basin or dry them slightly on a terry towel, and then on a rope or a special dryer. What not to do when drying black jeans:

  1. Hang them on a rope, bending in half — creases are formed. It is better to hang the product by the legs, grabbing them with clothespins at the bottom edge.

  2. Hang them out to dry in direct sunlight. Even if the product is turned inside out, it should still be dried only in the shade or in a ventilated, dry area.

  3. Dry black jeans on a radiator, radiator or other heating device, including in close proximity to a heat source.

You can iron black jeans if there is no such prohibition on the label of the product. If you intend to iron the trousers, then after drying, do not turn them inside out, iron them from the inside and through a thin fabric. If your jeans are too stiff after washing and drying, this may indicate that you have very hard water. At the next wash, add baking soda or soda ash to the washing powder or use a special water softener, for example, Calgon. The stiffness of the denim after washing may also indicate that the rinse was not of sufficient quality. Try activating the extra rinse next time. The stiff fabric of trousers can be softened by ironing them with a steam iron or steam generator, but only through a fabric or gauze folded in several layers.

How to restore bright and saturated color

If over time the black faded, became less bright, and the products began to look worn, you can use a very easy method to restore the brightness of the color. You just need to treat the jeans with a special paint for clothes. It is difficult to find such a product in stationary stores, but on sites on the Internet the assortment is wide, there are options for any budget. And most importantly, to use the drug, you do not need to have any special knowledge and skills or have expensive equipment and technology at your disposal. Simply follow the instructions on the paint package. It may differ depending on the composition of the product. But, as a rule, you need to dilute the paint, add water, soak the jeans in it for a certain time, then rinse the product in several changes of water. If the product is of high quality, then it will color the fibers and you don’t have to worry about the durability of the pigments. If this is a low-quality preparation, for some time after the procedure, jeans can stain the skin, as well as other wardrobe items.

On the net you can find tips on how to restore the black color of the fabric in several more ways, for example:

  1. Wash the faded product with other black items that shed. This is an ineffective, even dubious way, since the color of the jeans will not become more saturated, the difference will be difficult to notice with the naked eye. And there is nothing good in the fact that your other things shed, you need to wash them as little as possible and use color enhancers.

  2. Color black jeans with hair dye, making it according to the instructions, and then diluting it in water to soak the products. This method can be used only as a last resort, when there is no special fabric dye at hand, but there is just a hair dye. Otherwise, it is advisable to spend money on a special drug, especially since, most likely, it will cost much less than hair dye.

Obviously, in order to return the bright color and presentable look to black jeans, it is better to use a special dye. For example, “Surf” is a universal paint for fabric processing at home. Or «Simplicol», which received a lot of positive feedback. This tool is intended for processing natural and semi-synthetic fabrics manually or in an automatic type washing machine. The composition of the drug includes a pigment fixer, which guarantees color saturation and a lasting result.

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