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Denim Damage: Common Problems With Jeans

It's nice being able to look your best in suits or a tweed jacket when you head to the office or go out on the town with the woman you're dating, but there are going to be times in your life when you just want to relax, be comfortable, and be casual. That's where jeans come in. Denim offers the best in casual wear because you can wear jeans almost anywhere. They're a great option for a day in the country, riding horses, taking a hike, or picking fruit. They can be worn on many casual dates, like when you go bowling or have a picnic in the park. They can even be paired with a men's tweed jacket for a more grown-up casual look.

Like any other type of clothing, though, jeans take a beating after a while. When denim is damaged, you only have two choices: fix it or throw away the jeans. But what if you could avoid denim damage altogether? While it may not always be possible, there are a few steps you can take to prevent problems from occurring.

Common Denim Damage

Like any article of clothing, from suits to tweed jackets, jeans can become damaged as they are worn. Here are the most common types of problems you might have over the life span of your jeans and how to avoid those problems.


Blowouts- Blowouts are holes that occur in the most uncomfortable of places, and avoiding them, especially in public, is important. If you can't, though, there are ways to fix them. One of the most popular and best ways is through darning. This is when a professional reweaves threads into the denim, making sure that the threads he or she is using closely match the threads that already make up your trousers. This means that in the end the repair is almost completely invisible. Considering the location of most blowouts, this is a good thing.

Avoiding it: Avoiding a blowout is simple. You just need to wash your jeans more often. While you don't need to wash them every single time you wear them, washing them frequently will help. Blowout occur when dirt accumulates on the fabric and the fabric rubs against itself. The dirt act like a razor, cutting into the denim and thinning it until it finally breaks open.


Other Holes- Other areas of your jeans can wear out as well, especially in areas around the thighs and the knees. If the hole created is small, you can leave it as it is to give the pair of jeans a bit of character. If it's too large, though, you'll need to consult a tailor who will most likely use a piece of cloth to patch the torn area.

Avoiding it: Again, this problem is caused by dirt particles, so wash your jeans more often.


Stretched Button Holes- Stretched button holes can happen for a number of reasons. In some cases, it may be wearing the jeans over time, in others, it may occur because you misjudged the size of the jeans initially or you've gained weight since you purchased them. If the problem isn't too bad, a tailor can use new stitching to reinforce the stretched button hole. If it's stretched too much, though, the area will need to be darned. This is where new threads are introduced to the area and combined with the old threads.

Avoiding it: Pay attention when you're purchasing new jeans. Raw jeans are normally a little tight when you first put them on, but if they feel skin tight, you may have purchased a size too small. When your jeans are too small, you put unnecessary stress on them, especially when it comes to the button holes.


Cuff Damage- If you don't wash your jeans very often and let them remain cuffed, dirt can accumulate in the cuff and wear through the fabric at the crease. When this happens, you don't have too many options. The cuffs can be darned, but this can make them feel stiff and difficult for you to fold without the help of an iron.

If that doesn't sound like what you want to do, you can always continue wearing them until the cuffs fall off. When this happens, it will be much easier for your tailor to create a new hem for the jeans.

Avoiding it: Avoiding problems with the cuff is easy. Simply uncuff the trousers every so often and use either a clothes brush or your hand to brush out the dirt. Clothes brushes are essential tools to have, especially if you wear men's tweed jackets or suits often.


Stains- Everything around us can become a potential hazard to our clothing, and denim is no exception. Denim can be stained with blood, grease, food, or even crayons. When these stains occur, it's important to take the proper steps to get rid of them quickly.


  • Blood- If blood gets on your jeans, take care of it immediately by wiping it away with a white cloth soaked in cold water. Once the stain is gone, let the jeans air dry.


  • Food and Grease- Use a mixture of warm water and mild dish detergent to sponge the area where the stain occurred. Blot the area to get rid of the food or grease. Use a clean damp cloth to remove any residual detergent.


  • Crayons- Have children? If so, you'll likely experience a crayon stain at least once. To get rid of this problem, use a butter knife to scrape off any residue. Once you've done this, get an ice cube and rub it over the stain until the ice completely melts. This will harden the stain and allow you to scrape it off easily.


At Brook Taverner, we offer you a wide variety of clothing options, like men's suits, tweed jackets, and even denim jeans. Make sure you're ready for the possible problems you may have with any item of clothing you wear so you can avoid the issues or treat them as they occur.

By Brook Taverner 6 October 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments