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Keeping your knits fresh

Discussion in 'Style' started by sarcasm, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    Now, i know a lot of you people on this board are into fashion. despite
    the grunge look some kids go for, i like to look fresh and clean- as
    well as my clothes. i take pride into what i put on in the morning/after-
    noon/night- and i want to keep the stuff i put my money into, in tip
    top conditon. so i ask you 12oz"swank"kids - how do you take care of
    your clothes? are you ballin out of control and send all your laundry to
    the dry cleaners every week? do you just wash and tumble? anywho
    just list out methods you guys found works to keeping your shit clean.
    (ie detergents, keeping white shirts actually white, washing your hats, etc)

    edit: i'll start throwing in my methods, once people start replying...
    i'm in class right now, so i'll wait a few minutes and learn some-
  2. shapes

    shapes New Jack

    Joined: Aug 31, 2004 Messages: 30 Likes Received: 0
    heres a strange ways you can keep your jeans from fading
    you can pour vinegar in the wash to set the dye. to scared
    to try it tho.

    jackets/wovens and knits all go to the dry cleaner, including
    the polos and burberry joints, they just shrink to much in
    the regular laundry.

    i use baby wipes for my kicks. i swear by these things. you
    can even use them on your tims and it wont take off the suade
    look and feel. either that or you can take tims to a shoe repair
    shop and they'll shampoo them for you.
    also mr. clean just came out with some weird shit to clean knicks
    and marks off walls (like crayons) and scuffs off floors. this
    shit will clean the fuck out ya kicks. all you have to do is wet it.

    thats all i know peace.
  3. misteraven

    misteraven Administrator

    Joined: May 7, 1999 Messages: 8,962 Likes Received: 396
    Knits are washed cold, gentle cycle. Like colors and fabrics, and later placed flat to dry.

    Good denim on the other hand is very rarely washed. When it is, I usually use a mild baby detergent and handwash in the bathtub with cold water. I'll then gently ring it as to not squeeze too much of the pigment with the water. Generally I won't do this more than 2 - 3 times a year, but then again I dont wear good denim when on an average day of hanging out and getting sweaty.
  4. boogie hands

    boogie hands 12oz Legend

    Joined: Feb 15, 2001 Messages: 16,059 Likes Received: 13
    cold wash for button ups followed by tumble drying and prompt removal. tshirts and polos are hung up to dry and every thing else goes to the cleaners as needed. fyi....be careful who you trust with your clothes....ive encountered everything from chemical smells in clothes that have not been properly washed (repeated washing did nothing...these things had to go in the trash) to numerous shattered buttons on shirts. ive had the best results with places that utilize oxygen cleaning as opposed to chemicals and honestly these are the only places i would go these days.

    on the topic of shoes i wear reebok classics so cleaning them pretty much involves shelling out thirty bucks and tossing the old pair in the trash....i swear to god, reebok had better never stop making these shoes.
  5. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    alright since i started this thread, i'll just add my 2 cents (its always nice
    when your clothes don't get fucked up):

    okay so, i'm not rich or anything, and can't spend the 100 bucks a week to load all of my clothing to the dry cleaners, so i do what i can at home to
    keep my shit looking nice.

    i used to always just wash my shirts, buttom ups, hoodies, jeans, shorts, etc all in one load, and then pop em into the dryer. this obviously caused major shrinkage and fadage to my clothes. so i started to just cold wash all my clothes, and hanging them up to dry. this worked to stop the shrinkage, but the fadage was still an issue. so talking about this to my girlfriend, she gives me the low down on laundry (comming froma girl that seems like all her clothes are always new, and just bought). detergents by itself will causes the shrinkage and fadage alone, nonetheless the additional heat blasting of a dryer. so she tells me to get this:


    it's called woolite and it works wonders. its a really mild detergent that promises to never shrink nor fade your clothes. there are instructions on the back of the bottle, in which it pretty much says wash in cold water, on the gentle cycle, and hang dry (or hand wash in the sink). so, having bought some new clothes, i tried woolite on the new threads in hopes of to break the curse of vintage looking clothes. so i try, and do what the instructions say, and HEY, it works. you know the feeling of a new t-shirt? its all soft and thin? yeah, it actually stayed that way.... amazing, i found this pretty damn cool b/c 100% of the time i did my laundry before, my shirts felt all rough and "not new." (you know what im sayin)

    anyway, to keep your shit looking new and clean, use woolite. they even have a special detergent made esp. for black clothing. you can use this stuff on hats, to your $500 dollar silk underwear.... it'll keep them lookin and feelin fresh.

    it is kind of expensive, but imo, it's worth the extra couple dollars.

    for shoes: dont' wear your "good" shoes while roughin around like your 10 years old, playing kickball in the school yard. whipe when necessary..... and for white shoes, actually get some kiwi mop, and acutally use it for what it was made for.... polishing up your kicks....

    more later
  6. Nekro

    Nekro Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 19, 2003 Messages: 2,568 Likes Received: 1
    Pretty much everything gets washed with woolite on gentle cycle in cold water except for black things (woolite for dark colors), and whites [socks, underwear, and t shirts only- button downs get woolite] (detergent and downy clean breeze).

    I iron all my button shirts and occasionally starch the front and the collar, with special attention paid to the cuffs.

    My shoes don't get cleaned because they're all black, but I do shine my boots and white loafers.
  7. war pigs

    war pigs Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Feb 18, 2004 Messages: 2,734 Likes Received: 10
    for cleaning kicks with the white rubber outsole, i use bug and tar remover for cars..shit makes the white rubber bling again...
  8. heavyLox

    heavyLox Veteran Member

    Joined: Feb 2, 2002 Messages: 7,196 Likes Received: 17
    i remember the days of ironing 4 pairs of laces every morning before school. Gotta stay right all day. the mid-morning change up, the fresh for lunch look, after Gym hook-up, and finally the the last class before the bus ride switch-a-roo.

    *** a white tee is a white Tee ONCE after that its just an undershirt.
  9. Nekro

    Nekro Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 19, 2003 Messages: 2,568 Likes Received: 1
    Haven't you discovered bleach? It works wonders on those whisper whites.
  10. heavyLox

    heavyLox Veteran Member

    Joined: Feb 2, 2002 Messages: 7,196 Likes Received: 17
    its not the same. you lose that fresha fresha outa the box(plastic wrap).
  11. Drunk214

    Drunk214 Member

    Joined: Apr 17, 2003 Messages: 741 Likes Received: 48
  12. electro-vadal

    electro-vadal New Jack

    Joined: May 29, 2001 Messages: 2 Likes Received: 0
    Does any one have any ideas to keep the necks of t-shirt from stretching out???
  13. Nekro

    Nekro Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 19, 2003 Messages: 2,568 Likes Received: 1
    Tumble dry hot.
  14. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35

    don't hang your shirts on a hanger
  15. Grimes

    Grimes Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 11, 2004 Messages: 5,161 Likes Received: 195
    i wash all alike colors,whites with whites,warm water..blacks with blacks,cold water...colors with colors,cold water..with special detergent for blacks,and for colors...dont forget to use your bounty ball kids