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How to fix pants that have a shiny backside

Updated February 21, 2017

While some people enjoy having an eye-catching rear end, it is possible to attract unwanted attention to this area of your body. For example, trousers that are shiny exclusively around the backside can make you appear dishevelled and your trousers look just plain odd and distracting. The shiny spots often come from ironing the trousers on too high a setting. Dark coloured trousers like black or navy blue most often have this problem. You don't need to toss out your trousers with shiny backsides though, there are ways to salvage them.

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  1. Pour 1 cup white vinegar into a basin, add 4 cups of cold water and mix well.

  2. Soak a clean cloth in this mixture. Wring it out. Shake out your trousers and lay them in front of you on an ironing board or a flat surface covered with a towel.

  3. Press the cloth against the shiny areas. Repeat until you've dampened all the shiny spots with this mixture and let the trousers fully air dry. The shine will be gone.

  4. Lay out the trousers on top of an ironing board or flat surface with the backside up. Place a damp cloth over the shiny areas.

  5. Press a hot iron on a steam setting against the cloth, pressing and ironing the damp cloth into the fabric. Repeat in this fashion until you've covered all the shiny areas.

  6. Run a slightly coarse bristled fabric brush over the areas you just ironed. This will help to roughen up the threads of the material and prevent them from shining. Allow the fabric to air dry as normal.

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Things You'll Need

  • Basin
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • Clean cloth
  • Ironing board or flat surface
  • Iron
  • Fabric brush

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."

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