The widespread assumption that you don't need to pay attention to anything special when washing, drying and caring for denim jeans is wrong. Even though most jeans, at least traditional jeans, are made of 100% cotton, denim behaves differently in many ways to a pure cotton T-shirt. To ensure that your jeans last a long time, SANVT clarifies the most important questions regarding jeans care and gives you helpful tips on washing, drying and stain removal.

Golden rules

How do you wash jeans for the first time? 

For the first two washes of a new pair of jeans, you should avoid washing them together with other items of clothing. Why? Even if jeans, like the Perfect Jeans from SANVT, are pre-washed, there may still be residual colour in the denim fabric when you start wearing them. This harbours the risk that other items of clothing could turn a bluish colour. Hence the rule: always wash jeans separately at the beginning.

How to wash jeans properly?


Whether for the first few washes or afterwards - there are a few rules you should follow when washing jeans in order to keep the garment in your wardrobe for a long time.  


  • Tip no. 1: Use a low wash temperature: To prevent fading and shrinkage, always wash your jeans in cold water, for example at a maximum of 30 degrees or on a cold wash cycle. This is not only good for your jeans, but the environment will thank you too. If you are unsure, you can always check the care label.    


  • Tip no. 2: Prevention is better than cure: Pre-treat stains with certain stain removers or curd soap before washing.  


  • Tip no. 3: Turn jeans inside out for washing: This not only protects the colour, but also minimises the abrasion of the jeans. This will keep them in their ‘first’ condition for a long time. Important: make sure you have emptied all pockets beforehand!  


  • Tip no. 4: Close the zip (if available): This will help you keep the shape and your jeans won't be damaged in the washing machine.    


  • Tip no. 5: Use a laundry bag: this little helper protects the fabric of the jeans and ensures a gentle washing process.   

Washing Instructions

Water temperature 40°C
Do not bleach
Ironing medium temperature
Tumble drying lower temperature 60°C

Should you wash jeans by hand? 

In addition to ecological reasons, hand washing also has the advantage of extending the life of your clothes. Spinning your clothes in the washing machine can put a lot of strain on them. If you don't have the time or energy to wash by hand, make sure you use a delicate cycle or minimise the number of spins. 

How often should you wash jeans?

There is a misconception that every item of clothing needs to be washed after wearing. This is not only fatal for jeans, but also for all other items of clothing - no matter what material they are made of. To keep your clothes for a long time, you should avoid over-washing. This is because fibres and colour can be damaged with every wash cycle, especially with a high spin cycle.  This rule applies even more strictly to denim: limit washing jeans to every 10 washes that you regularly do in everyday life. It's not just the colour that can suffer if you wash your jeans too often, but also the fit.  


As a general rule, avoid washing if you can: if the jeans aren't really dirty or don't have any stains, don't wash them, but air them out as much as possible. This works well on a clothes hanger or bar, for example.  

How to dry jeans properly?

Air dry instead of tumble dry: we recommend letting your jeans air dry rather than putting them in the tumble dryer. Even if a tumble dryer is the quicker and more convenient solution, direct heat can cause the fabric to shrink and damage it. Whether in the living room or in the garden in a shady spot, air drying is a gentle, environmentally friendly way to dry jeans after washing.    


A little extra tip: Avoid wringing out wet denim as this can distort the shape. Instead, gently squeeze out the excess water before air drying. 

How do you remove a grease stain from jeans?

No matter what type or form - stains on clothing are always annoying. To effectively and quickly remove oil or grease stains from jeans, we have some helpful step-by-step instructions for you:  

1. Blot the stain:
use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot away as much oil or grease as possible. Avoid rubbing the cloth on the denim fabric before treating with stain remover, as this can spread the stain further.   


2. Apply washing-up liquid: Apply a small amount of liquid washing-up liquid directly to the stain. The advantage of washing-up liquid over soap: washing-up liquid is designed to penetrate grease and can therefore easily remove oil stains from denim.   


 3. Rub in gently: Gently rub the washing-up liquid solution into the stain using your fingers or a soft-bristled brush. Work the solution slowly into the fabric to dissolve the grease.   


4. Leave to work: Leave the detergent solution on the stain for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate the fabric and dissolve the grease.   


5. Wash as usual: After allowing the detergent solution to work, wash the jeans according to the care instructions above. Use cold water and a mild detergent and wash the jeans inside out to protect the colour.   


6. Check before drying: Before drying the jeans, check whether the stain has been completely removed. If there is still residue, repeat the stain removal process before drying. 

How do you prevent jeans from wearing out?

Nothing is worse when your favourite jeans no longer fit the way they did the first time you wore them. To prevent jeans from stretching out, you should first of all avoid pulling or stretching your jeans when they are wet. In addition, storage in the wardrobe or chest of drawers/shelf is also important: hang or fold the jeans neatly to avoid creases and to maintain their shape between wears. 



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