How to Stone Wash Denim

Written by eemaan ahmad
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There is a more practical option to spending a lot of money on the near perfect pair of faded denim. Stone washed or acid washed denim is a process that was developed by washing the fabric in large industrial washing machines with small pumice pebbles to give it that worn-in look. You can tailor the degree of stone washing to the areas you wish to treat if you do it yourself. To achieve this retro faded denim look, you will need a few household items and at least two days.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pumice stone

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  1. 1

    Place the denim in a bucket filled with cold water. The denim must be entirely submerged. Let it soak for two days.

  2. 2

    Apply moderate to rough pressure to rub the denim with a pumice stone in the areas that you wish to look stone washed. Denim is a fabric that won't tear quickly so don't be afraid to use a heavier hand.

  3. 3

    Remove the denim from the bucket after two days and let it air dry in a place where it can get ample sunlight. Let it dry completely.

  4. 4

    Wash the denim on the cold cycle in your washing machine.

Tips and warnings

  • Use salt rathern than bleach to achieve a stonewashed look. This will enable you to avoid inhaling the chemicals in bleach.
  • You can stonewash stitched or unstitched denim.
  • Do not wear the denim until you wash the salt out of it.

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