A Basic Guide To Washing Denim Jeans

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A Basic Guide To Washing Denim Jeans

Jeans are a staple of almost every one’s wardrobe. Basic blue and black is every one’s favorite, but you can now find several different colors, washes, and designs. Manufacturers use special techniques to create these textures or washes and they impart a trendy appearance to the finished garment. According to customer demands, manufacturers can also create custom or personalized washes. If you are interested in learning more, we’ve created a short guide that should prove informative.

Step No 1 – Pre-Treatments
Before the denim fabric can be treated or stitched, it is washed and cleaned to remove dirt and impurities. At the same time, the washing process removes any written notations and starch treatments done on the fabric. Washing will also ready-shrink the fabric and prevent changes later on when the garment is ready for final washes.

Step No 2 — Enzyme Wash
Four enzyme varieties are used to treat the fabric before it is processed into jeans. These enzymes are designed to remove lingering fabric tags, smooth out the rough denim fabric, and create textures in the denim fabric. These textured fabrics can then be stitched into jeans that have the pattern all over the jeans.

Step No 3 — Clean Up
Once the material has acquired the overall pattern and design, it is cleaned up or washed again to remove the lingering enzymes. Materials like non-ionic detergents, hot water and detergent washes, and hydrogen peroxide to seal in the finish and to remove excess enzyme.

Step no 4 — Selection
Once the material is ready, manufacturers then decided the type of finish or wash that the jeans require. At this stage, the material is stitched into jeans to created characteristic wear patterns or the entire fabric is treated again to create the custom wash. A few of the most common patterns include the following:

Bleaching or acid washing — Different bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate, calcium hypochlorite, etc. can all be used to create unique textures and washes on the jeans.
Stone wash — Stone washing is also a very common method of treating denim. In this method, pumice stones are whirled with denim jeans to create the worn abraded look on the front and back of the jeans.
Micro sanding — This is usually done by sandblasting, machine sanding or hand sanding. The purely mechanical process wears away the dye on the front of the jeans. The lighter patches are around the knees with characteristic wrinkle patterns around the thigh area.
• Other techniques like rinse washes, over dyes, cellulose wash, salt water denim washes, ozone fading, sun washing, etc are also available.

Some manufacturers skip the wash process and go ahead to single color dark staining procedures to create the characteristic dark black or indigo colored jeans. As you can see, the entire process is quite complicated but it does create a unique, comfortable and trendy garment.

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Effectively Cleaning Sweat Stains From Shirts

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Yellow stains on garments are caused by the reaction between the salts in your sweat and anti-perspirant ingredients with aluminum compounds. You can prevent the stains by wearing an undergarment to protect the outer garment or switching to an anti-perspirant with a low amount of aluminum compounds.

Yellow stains should be removed as soon as possible. Leaving the stains on the garments can make them set in and become harder to remove. If your white shirts are showing yellow underarm stains, there are a number of ways you can remove the coloration. Here are two stain removal methods you can use:

i) The 1:1:1 method
Mix one part of water, hydrogen peroxide and baking powder into a solution and use it to treat the stain. Ideally, the ingredients should be about ¼ cup. Use a thick white towel to protect the counter top from getting stained by the solution. Rub the solution on the shirt and allow it to work for at least 30 minutes. Finally, use an old toothbrush to loosen any residue on the garment and then wash normally with warm water.

ii) The 1:1 method
Mix one part of household ammonia and an oxygen-based bleach to treat the stains. Mix about 2 tablespoons of each solution and rub it on the stain for at least 30 seconds and allow it to work for about 10 minutes. When working, wear rubber gloves and protect your countertop with a thick white towel. Also, make sure you work in a well-ventilated room.

How to Clean Sweat Stains for Dark Shirts
Yellow sweat stains may not be obvious on dark colored shirts but can result into some odor, residue or stiffness under the arms. You can remove the buildup and freshen the garment by using distilled white vinegar. Fill a bucket with cold water with a cup of distilled white vinegar and leave the shirt to soak for about 30 minutes. After this, use an old toothbrush to scrub off the residue and wash the shirt normally.

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Simple Tips Bleaching Clothes or Towels

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Using chlorine bleach to clean your clothing or towels requires some basic knowledge to get the best results. Follow these simple steps and you will preserve the fibers in your clothing as well as clean your clothing better. The first step is to allow the detergents you are using to remove loosen the dirt in the laundry before applying the bleach.

bleachNever apply full-strength bleach to a load of clothing. Always mix bleach with water before adding it to your laundry. Pour one cup of bleach for every quart of water used. Never mix two or more types of bleach or mix other chemicals with bleach.  You could create a caustic mixture that can harm your clothing and your lungs.

When bleaching towels or preparing to use bleach on a piece of clothing first test the bleach on an area not readily visible to the naked eye such as a pocket lining, hem or facing. Mix one part bleach with two parts warm water, the take a cotton swab and dip it in the solution. Dab the solution on the garments lining or facing and allow it to dry. If the garment loses color in the area or color leaches through to the other side, do not use the bleach to launder this piece of clothing.

Bleach works in all temperatures of water, but it works best in very hot water. Wait at least five minutes after the wash begins to allow the detergent to release its enzymes and begin cleaning the clothing. Next add the diluted bleach.

Be sure you use the bleach within six months of purchasing it. Bleach loses its potency after being opened.  After six months dispose of any opened bottles of bleach.

Bleach can be a great asset for cleaning laundry.  It can also cause great problems when used improperly. Whether bleaching towels or clothing, by following the steps listed above, you’ll obtain a well cleaned load of laundry with its original colors. Respect the purity of bleach and never combine it with other chemicals or other bleach formulas to keep from ruining your clothing or harming your lungs.

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How To Remove Grass Stains From Clothes

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Grass stains can be very difficult to remove. Fortunately, you may already have everything you need to remove the grass stains in your cabinet. Below are some natural laundry tips for removing grass stains:

Vinegar to Remove Grass Stains

Vinegar is an effective and low-cost remedy for removing grass stains. It is very simple to use vinegar to get rid of grass stains. All you have to do is apply undiluted vinegar to the stain. Let the vinegar soak overnight. After that, you can launder your clothes as you normally would.

You can also use a solution made out of one part warm water, one part vinegar and one part rubbing alcohol. You will need to use this mixture to pre-treat the stain. Let the mixture set for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it as you normally would.

Enzymes to Remove Grass Stains

Enzymes can help attack the protein in the stain. Using a detergent that contains enzymes before washing the clothing will help remove the stain in many cases. You will simply need to apply the enzyme detergent to the stain. If you have a powdered form of detergent, you will need to mix it with a little warm water before applying it to the stain.

Scrub the item with the digestive enzyme. After that, you will need to wait 15 minutes and then wash the item. You can also use digestive enzymes to remove the stain, which can be found at your health food store.

Rubbing Alcohol to Remove Grass Stains

You can pre-treat a stain using rubbing alcohol. Apply it to the stain directly and then allow it to dry. Rinse the stain in cold water after the alcohol has dried. After that, you will need to use some enzyme detergent. Rinse the clothing again. Let your clothing dry before you wash it.

No one likes grass stains, but removing them may be easier than you think. Rubbing alcohol, vinegar and enzyme detergents are some of the things you can use to get rid of grass stains in your clothes. Keep in mind that alkaline detergents, ammonia or decrease-type detergents should never be used to remove grass stains, as these will actually “set” the stain and make it harder to remove later.

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Fun And Interesting Facts About Laundry Machines

84869830Washing machines have revolutionized the way we do laundry. Not only do they make the process much easier to deal with, but they also ensure that the clean we want is the clean we get. However, the machines and dryers we know and love today were not always around, and there are many fascinating laundry facts surrounding their creation.

The Earliest Washing Machines

The very first washing machines were made in the 1700s. They consisted of wooden boxes that were filled with clothes, pushed through the device by a hand rotary. The clothes were taken through a straining and rubbing process that wore away at grime and dirt until the clothes were clean again.

Eventually, this version of the washing machine evolved into a more complicated device through innovation and experimentation. This more advanced version used an array of gears and pegs to push clothes through soap and water, with cleaner clothes appearing on the other end. It was invented by William Blackstone to be given to his wife as a birthday present.

Modern Electric Washing Machines

It was not until 1908 that the very first powered washing machine was created. Studies showed that when washing machines were loaded from the front, instead of from the top, they were much more efficient, and were able to clean the loads set in them much better. While there is a split of washing machines made as such today, experts still believe that the front design is better.

Washing Machines and the Women’s Liberation Movement

While conventional knowledge may suggest otherwise, academics strongly believe that the washing machine has done a lot of for the women’s liberation movements over the years. While it is largely considered to be a homemaker’s task, the fact that the appliance became available at home freed up the woman’s time enough to allow her to enter the workforce as she saw fit.

Almost all innovations have such a rich and fascinating history. If you would like to learn more about laundry facts and techniques, browse through our many articles as here at Cleaner Visions.

How To Properly Clean Your Laundry Iron

180455547Irons are very useful to those who like to wear neat and freshly-pressed clothing. On the other hand, using a sticky, stained iron can be annoying and dangerous. If you’re having dilemmas with your dirty iron, you don’t need to purchase a new one right away. There are simple ways that you can try to help your steam iron become useful again.

Removing Waxy Substances From Your Iron

Hot irons tend to melt some waxy elements, especially on printed clothing. As these sticky substances accumulate, it gets tougher to run irons smoothly. If you’re having this problem with your iron, get a couple of pages from your old newspaper and set your machine to the hottest. Continuously run the iron into the newspaper until the wax is gone.

Removing Oil From Your Iron

No one wants to press clothes with an only iron. If you’ve accidentally spilled an oily substance into the soleplate, just get a damp cloth with a little bit of ammonia. Gently wipe the cloth onto the surface until the oil is gone. Get another damp cloth without ammonia and wipe the bottom of the iron a couple of times to remove any residue.

Clean a Clogged Reservoir From Your Iron

Some irons have built-in reservoirs so people don’t need separate sprayers when pressing their wrinkled clothes. Then again, these reservoirs can get clogged overtime, which makes it difficult to use them. In order to clean a clogged reservoir, just mix one part of water to one part of vinegar then carefully pour the mixture into the iron’s water compartment. Allow the iron to steam for a few minutes then drain the solution after an hour. Keep repeating the process until the reservoir becomes clean. Don’t put any garments beneath if the water doesn’t look clear to avoid hard-to-remove stains on your clothing.

These are just a few effective ways on how to clean your iron. There are other techniques that you can try, but so far, these ones have been proven by most homemakers.

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