Struggling to zip up your favorite pair of jeans that just fit yesterday? Blame that long tumble in the hot dryer for shrinkage in the waistband and calves.
First, to get technical, that tightening phenomenon is called "consolidation shrinkage." Think of denim fibers as a long chain. When fabric is agitated during the wash and heat cycles, it causes fibers to break their bonds so the cloth gets smaller.
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If it sounds complicated, don't worry, the process to get them back in shape is much simpler!
What you'll need:
- Spray bottle
What you'll do:
1. Spray water on the areas that are snug, often the waistband or calves. The water will help release the fibers.
2. Pull, pull and pull. Focus on the problem areas to reshape the fabric. Pull fabric up and down lengthwise and apart widthwise to create give in all directions.
3. Lay them flat to air dry. This is key! Don't toss them back into the offending dryer, unless you want to repeat the whole process all over again.
Easy, no? Maybe next time your denim needs a refresh you'll head to your freezer instead!