Jeans, Tanks and Tops or Shirts with rhinestone embellishments are trendy and part of our everyday wear. With a little care and knowledge you can enjoy and wear them for a long time.
After 10 years of rhinestone work, we have developed a few of tricks and guidelines for clothing and accessory items that have flat back, rim set, and jeweled pieces where an adhesive has been used to attach them to the fabric. Not entirely specific to Jeans and tops you may find this helpful for many finer garments.
Most labels recommend: Wash garments inside out, with zippers zipped and buttons or snaps closed. Use gentle cycle and cold water. Warm water for whites but never hot. Use a mild detergent and very little of it. Tumble dry low.
This method works. But it will cause tiny cracks in the stones, which makes the stones dull and lose their twinkle. More often than not after a few washings you will have missing or loose stones as well.
Preferred method Wash item by hand inside out. Use warm not hot water. A very little of mild detergent. Do not soak embellished clothing in water for more than a few minutes. Do not twist or wring the embellished garment. After you rinse it, transfer the rinsed item to the empty washing machine. Use the GENTLE CYCLE.SPIN ONLY setting. For heavy clothing such as jeans you can spin out the garment twice. This removes the excess water without twisting or wringing the fabric which stresses the stones. Hang it to air dry. Do not hang outside if it’s hot. Direct sunlight and heat should be avoided.
After the item has dried, you may place in the dryer on low for 5 minutes (no more) to fluff out the fabric so it doesn't have that stiff feel from air dry. For light weight fabrics put onside of a pillow case and fluff for 3-5 minutes. It’s best to iron t-shirts and tops but I'll explain that next.
Hand Washing Washing by hand is the only way to wash embellished light weight tops or shirts. The washing machine is just too hard for the fabric and stones. For Some jeans, you can get away with washing using the gentle cycle or hand wash cycle. I would advise doing so if the fabric is very soiled.
Fixing the lost stones If a stone is lost from a t-shirt in the center of your chest, it’s noticeable. You will need to purchase fabric glue to fix the lost stones. If you have the stone that is lost from the garment, glue it back on. If you don't have the stone, then you are going to have to purchase some.
Keep in mind that crystal rhinestones are glass. They can break or crack. It’s best not to take off a jeweled top and toss it across the tile floor. The bigger the stone are, the more likely they are to break or be knocked off. When buying jeans with rhinestones, you should look for styles that use small stones on the backside or other stress points on the jeans. The hem line is not a stress point but the tush and thighs are.
All in all, to maintain the effect of rhinestone transfers, much care should be taken. Using the above hand washing directions will help to keep your garment looking newer for a longer time.