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HELP? Jeans are fading =(

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,
I've noticed for my darker RnR jeans.. when I wash them, the color kind of washes off.. esp near the butt and front.. whereas the bottom of the jeans are normal??
I think i read off somebody's thread that you wash the jeans in vinegar to keep the color?? details??

btw the ones thats are fading are : ROTH librium padded logo, and costello raw !!

post #2 of 10
how do you wash your jeans?
post #3 of 10
I wash my jeans inside out in COLD water and the color seems to stay.
post #4 of 10
You soak them in vinegar for a day I think....I used to do that to black jeans, but never done it on blue.....
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
I wash my jeans inside out with cold water!! don't know why it's like this.. haha it would take a lot of vinegar to soak these jeans!! you just let them sit?? then wash it again?? thanksssss!
post #6 of 10
if you don't have a HE front loader which requires that special soap, try woolite dark. I used to use it all the time until I was threatened by the sears repair man that if I didn't use High Efficiency soap that he'd void my warranty.
post #7 of 10
Originally Posted by koreany View Post
I wash my jeans inside out with cold water!! don't know why it's like this.. haha it would take a lot of vinegar to soak these jeans!! you just let them sit?? then wash it again?? thanksssss!
Yeah I took like a 5 gallon bucket and a few containers of vinegar and just let them sit in it over night soaking.....then wash....it doesn't completely void the fading, but it does help to preserve the original color for longer!
post #8 of 10
I use woolite dark too, I think it really helps!
post #9 of 10

I have actually heard of the vinegar or salt method...

Preventing Color From Bleeding on Clothing

My Grandmother taught me to use vinegar and salt. I use about 4 parts vinegar to 2 parts salt. Dissolve it into your washing water first or hot water first, before adding clothes. This works every time.

There is a product you can buy to prevent colors from running in the wash. I'm sorry I don't remember the name of it right now, but its a common one. Look in the detergent aisle of your grocery or discount store.

I wash all new colorful clothing in table salt. I set the washer level on low, use cold water and add probably half a container (grocery store size) of salt. Wash normally and then wash with detergent. It may be a manufacturer problem but this always works for me.

... then I stumbled onto this....

FAQ: Is there any way to "set" dye in purchased clothing?

True Dye Fixatives, an all-purpose solution
There is only one type of product that you can buy that will actually set dye regardless of its type. A product called Retayne, sold by local quilter's supply shops as well as by most mail-order dye supply houses (see Sources for Dyeing Supplies),

Retayne is a cationic dye fixative.
Retayne and other commercial dye fixatives are the only real solution to commercial clothing that bleeds.
is recommended for fixing dyes in commercially purchased cotton fabrics or clothing to prevent color bleeding during washing. This product is a cationic bulking agent, which acts to seal in the dye by physical means, rather than the chemical bonds which are so dependant on the type of dye. It seems that the particles of Retayne adhere to the dye molecules, effectively making them larger, so they do not come out of the fabric as easily. Note that Retayne is washed in as a laundry additive, and thus can be used only on things that can be immersed at least once without the dye immediately floating off and ruining other parts of the same item. Retayne may be removed by washing with overly hot water, and thus treated items must be washed in cool water. (Unfortunately, the one situation Retayne cannot help with is the dry crocking of indigo, in which improperly applied dye rubs off of the fabric even when dry.)

Instead of Retayne, G&S Dye sells a similar product called Raycafix, which they say is stronger; another advantage of Raycafix is that it can be laundered in warm water without losing strength. Dharma Trading Company sells Retayne and also a product called "Dharma Dye Fixative", which they claim increases the washfastness, wetfastness, resistance to perspiration staining, and resistance to seawater fading of several different kinds of dye. I don't know how it compares to Retayne; it may be a generic version of the same product, or a related product, instead. Aljo Dyes strongly suggests the use of their equivalent product, Aljo Pro-fix PCD after-treatment, after using direct dyes, which would otherwise run too much to be at all desirable. (See Sources for supplies for contact information for all companies mentioned.)

Note that the use of any such aftertreatment, while improving washfastness, may adversely affect lightfastness; dry garments indoors, and store them in darkness when they are not being worn or displayed.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks!! i'll have to try one of these options!! get back to you guys after!
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