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    There is some obvious fading that goes on in the initial washes, How do you keep them from going form black to grey?

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    Default Re: Black Gi's- How do you keep them from fading so fast

    Wash them in a product called Zero, it s designed to keep black clothing from fading.

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    Default Re: Black Gi's- How do you keep them from fading so fast

    I haven't heard of Zero here in the states.. maybe just available in Canada?

    If you don't like the fading you can use Woolite Dark Laundry Fabric wash
    http://www.fabriclink.com/Woolite/DarkLaundry.html

    I, myself, like the faded look

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    Default Re: Black Gi's- How do you keep them from fading so fast

    Woolite is the company that makes Zero. Good catch Tess.

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    Default Re: Black Gi's- How do you keep them from fading so fast

    Let it fade, IMHO there is a certain look that goes with a (well cared for) but broken in GI

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Kai
    Let it fade, IMHO there is a certain look that goes with a (well cared for) but broken in GI
    I agree.

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    Default Re: Black Gi's- How do you keep them from fading so fast

    I have also seen on KenpoNet, suggestions for using cold water always; drying contributes to the fading process, so don't dry it in a dryer; and you can use vinegar in the wash. I think I actually got some of these from Mr. Conatser also.

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    Default Re: Black Gi's- How do you keep them from fading so fast

    Yeppers Michael, Mr. C. suggests that for the Juka Gold especially.

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    I like both looks. So I get to try both ways. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmugg
    There is some obvious fading that goes on in the initial washes, How do you keep them from going form black to grey?
    Cold water, tumble dry (or line dry). This will work for a while, but age eventually bites everything. Especially when hard work (sweat) is involved.


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    Default Re: Black Gi's- How do you keep them from fading so fast

    the fading adds character......just like an old worn out black belt, or a well used banged up gibson les paul ...lol

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    Default Re: Black Gi's- How do you keep them from fading so fast

    this is why I like the cotton/poly blend stuff. they hardly shrink, if they do at all, and the fading is extremely minimal. now...if I could just get some of my gut to fade a bit...I'd fit back in my size six pants...
    See, all I've gotta do is get loose like I'm fluid, dude, Rollin' up my sleeves on my gi and get into it. You and who, him and them? Line up in a single file. One on one, all for one...end up in a bigger pile. The ambiance of Martial Arts is constant, Nunchucks chuckin' when I step in the mosh pit. Wing Chun dummy getting splintered apart, Escrima sticks whippin' and I'm chipping the bark. What are you? A pink belt? I'll give you a head start. Kumite killin', with the spirit of Ed Parker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackcatbonz
    the fading adds character......just like an old worn out black belt, or a well used banged up gibson les paul ...lol
    Ain't that the truth.

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    Default Re: Black Gi's- How do you keep them from fading so fast

    I too like the character of a well worn yet cared for Gi! Nothing feels better!!
    I've earned each little rip.

    BUT: I'd rather not let my dryer do the 'wear' on my Gi, I'd rather my Action did it. So when I can, I let my Gi hang on my back porch. (Well out of reach from my dog!!!!!!) Dryers work CHAOS on these cotton uniforms!!!!!!!! That's one reason it's good to have multiples. One can be hanging to dry while you wear the next one the next night at class.

    ALSO: Don't wait to wash! The salts/alkali from your body after a good workout (or even a mediocre one) eat at the fabric over time. To make your Gi last you, wash asap and hang it out.

    other than that, EARN the fade!!

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    I wash Seig's Juka Gold in cold water then ' Stand it in the corner to dry' ~!! One day I came out into the kitchen and freaked out cuz the gi bottoms were walking across the floor... our kitten was down inside one of the legs .. scooting on her belly across the room~!! *G*

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    My Cat seems to really, really find my bestest Gi the confortable place to nap!! Black Gi fading rather nicely, please ignore the cat hair.

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    If I drape my gi over the couch when I get back home from classes, the cats like to beeline it to my poor gi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenposatori
    Using cold water always; drying contributes to the fading process, so don't dry it in a dryer; and you can use vinegar in the wash. I think I actually got some of these from Mr. Conatser also. -Michael
    Hmmmmm well almost..... 'sept not vinegar. LOL.......

    If you put a teaspoon of SALT in the initial washing when new & drip dry is what I suggested. The salt helps to "set" the dye in the 100% cotton uniforms for a bit longer than if you don't do it (poly uniforms have no problems no matter what you do).

    But in time.... 100% Cotton Uniforms will all fade..... (I agree with most ... this looks cool as well).

    Cheer also makes a soap product that helps keep any type of "Dark Clothing ... Dark" called: drum roll......... "Cheer - dark formula".
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGoldenOne
    Hmmmmm well almost..... 'sept not vinegar. LOL.......

    If you put a teaspoon of SALT in the initial washing when new & drip dry is what I suggested. The salt helps to "set" the dye in the 100% cotton uniforms for a bit longer than if you don't do it (poly uniforms have no problems no matter what you do).

    But in time.... 100% Cotton Uniforms will all fade..... (I agree with most ... this looks cool as well).

    Cheer also makes a soap product that helps keep any type of "Dark Clothing ... Dark" called: drum roll......... "Cheer - dark formula".
    Thanks, I had forgotten the salt tip. I like them faded anyway. The vinigar came from somewhere else then. I do not do this by the way, I have in the past but not every wash, just once in a blue moon <<looking up and wondering.>>

    I will look for Dark Cheer, sounds like a vampire novel.

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    Default Re: Black Gi's- How do you keep them from fading so fast

    The vinegar was for fixing indigo dyes from the old japanese blue gi tops, apparently modern dying practices have made this practice obsolete.

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