The Absolute Best Way to Preserve Distressed Denim

Friday, August 7, 2020
Distressed Pair of Jeans
By Kevin Reilly
Here at Tear Mender, one of the most common questions we get isn’t about fixing tears—it’s about keeping them!  If you are one of the masses that have incorporated ripped jeans into your wardrobe, you might be wondering the same thing:  “is there some magical way to freeze my denim in time and stop further ripping?”  In this week’s blog, we are going to answer that question in two different ways.

Holes in jeans have (very) humble roots.  Since denim began as a fabric for gold miner’s pants during the late 1800s, the first to sport jeans with holes were probably the miners who fell on hard luck.  The look experienced a revival in the 1970s during the counterculture punk movement, ironically because it was not fashionable, as bands like The Ramones and Sex Pistols set the stage for the grunge movement that would carry the look in the 1990s.

Since that time, distressed denim has come a long way. . .  All the way to office wear some cases, if you can believe that. Jeans are now being block-sanded and laser-burned on a massive scale, but sometimes you want to distress your own denim.  We encourage you to get as creative as you’d like with your jeans, but the how-to videos on YouTube are missing one major part:  How do you stop the ripping when you’ve got the exact look you want?

Option #1:  Add a patch behind the holes in your Jeans using Tear Mender.  As you paint around the hole with our product, you will lock the fabric in place, and never again will your jeans unravel in the washing machine.  What’s more (to some people), is you can choose whatever fabric you’d like and give your denim a custom look.  You can find our new tutorial on patching behind ripped jeans here:

Option #2:  Follow the above tutorial, but leave out the step where you apply the patch!  Just simply turn the jeans inside-out, dispense a small amount of Tear Mender onto your table, and (with your finger) paint a thin layer around the holes and rips that you’d like to lock in place.  Then allow 3 minutes to dry.  That’s it!
We hope this helps those of you who have pondered this age-old (or maybe decade-old) question!  Perhaps with our technique, your ripped jeans will live on to be sold for thousands of dollars in Japan someday!

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Variety of Jeans Hanging in a Store