How To Soak Your Jeans

“We recommend you to give your jeans a quick rinse in the sink before you start using them.” I put this advise in our “Guide to Dry Denim“, and in this article I’ll take you through a step-by-step guide on how I do it. The main reason to rinse your jeans before you wear them is that they simply will last longer, as starch (and chemicals) is removed. -This softens the fabric. The process is exemplified with a pair of Lee Archives 101Z jeans from 1952. I don’t say that this is the only way to do it, it’s just my way.

Turn your jeans inside out.

Fill your sink or wherever you wish to rinse your jeans.

Make sure the water isn’t hotter than you can stand putting your fingers in it.

Use something to keep the jeans submerged.

You might see bubbles caused by the air escaping from the jeans.

Let them soak for an hour or two.

After the first hour, the water that these jeans were soaked in had only been slightly coloured.

After the second hour, the water had turned a bit more yellow-blue-ish, which is completely normal and a result of the starch that is washed out.

After the rinse, I hang my jeans to dry in the shower. The underfloor heating speeds up the drying.

Guide by Thomas Bojer.