Just because it’s the world’s toughest denim doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve some tender loving care.
SA1NT denim is an investment; in comfort, style and most of all, safety. Like any investment, it’s best to take care of it so it can continue to take care of you for years to come.
Below is the SA1NT guide to taking care of your denim to keep it looking and feeling its best.
BEFORE YOU WEAR
SA1NT denim is designed to be worked, whether it be on the building site or screaming down the freeway with the throttle pinned open. It’s built to be worn – hard. It’s also designed to tell the story of your adventure, fading and wearing over time to reflect your experience.
To help this process, SA1NT suggests holding off from washing your denim for the first time for as long as possible. This allows the denim to ‘learn’ your movements and contours, and makes it unique to you.
If you prefer your denim to look just like the day you bought it, give it a cold wash with two teaspoons of salt before your first wear to help lock in the colour.
WASHING YOUR DENIM
Ultimately, the best way to care for your denim is to wash it as little as possible. Not only do washing detergents strip colour, they slowly break down the cotton fibres that make up denim fabric.
SA1NT knows you’ll be using your denim in some tough environments and when it does come time for a wash, following the steps below will ensure your denim goes the distance:
• Where possible, rather than wash the whole garment, spot-clean stains with a damp cloth or baby wipe by dabbing the stain until it’s removed. Don’t rub the stain, as this can strip the dye from the denim
• If the whole garment needs to be washed, hand washing is your best bet to keep your denim in top condition:
- Turn the garment inside out and submerge it in cold water with ½ teaspoon of detergent
- Gently agitate the garment to ensure the detergent is getting into each fold and seam. Don’t scrub the garment, as this can cause colour loss
- Thoroughly rinse in cold water and roll the denim to remove excess water. Don’t wring the water out, as this kind of rough and tumble behaviour can damage the denim fibres
- Hang to dry.
• If machine washing, follow the same process above – turn the garment inside out and wash it in cold water with the least amount of detergent possible. One tablespoon of detergent is all you need for a full load
• Always air dry your denim indoors or out of the sun, as direct sunlight can cause the denim to fade. Keep denim turned inside out while drying. Air drying, rather than machine drying, will help minimise colour loss and fabric shrinkage.
OTHER TIPS & TRICKS
• Steer clear of bleach and stain removers. The chemicals contained in these products break down the cotton fibres of the denim and severely reduce its lifespan.
• Don’t dry-clean your denim. Like bleach, the harsh chemicals used in the dry-cleaning process damage and break down the cotton yarns in denim. Spend your dry-cleaning dollars on your next SA1NT order instead
• Liquid detergent is softer on fabric than powdered detergent, and will also prevent soap residue being left on your garment
• All denim will fade over time. This is more evident in darker washes (indigo and black) than lighter washes, as the contrast becomes greater
• The unique dying process used for all SA1NT denim means that both wet and dry colour bleeding will occur. This is more likely with unwashed, rinsed or dark denims and occurs especially when denim is new. It is strongly recommended to avoid coming in contact with light coloured furniture and accessories where colour transfer can occur.
• Always wash your denim with similar colours, light with light and dark with dark. This will reduce the chance of colour bleeding when washing
• To remove odours from your denim without washing, often your best bet is to simply air out the garment. To speed up this process, you can either tumble dry on the lowest temperature setting or use a steam iron.
• The leather patches on SA1NT denim garments are designed to fade along with the denim, and add to its unique look.
SHIRTS AND JACKETS
Wash and iron shirts inside out and always follow the care instructions to maintain colour and shape. As always, wash with similar colours to avoid colour transfer.
Washing jackets should be kept to a minimum and spot-cleaning marks and stains is recommended. If required, follow denim cleaning guide outlined above.
Stick to these steps and you’ll have long-lasting, hard-wearing denim that looks great for years to come.