Holes in Jeans

Q: Why are there holes in my denim jeans after dry cleaning or washing?

A: One or several holes in the same or random places on your jeans could be caused by acid based chemicals contacting the fabric for an extended period of time, deteriorating the yarns. These chemicals can be as mild as those used in plant foods and fertilizers, to very strong mineral acids used in types of batteries. If the garment is not cleaned immediately, the exposure eats away at the fabric and will eventually break down the yarn after cleaning the holes, and possible discoloration around the borders will become evident. There is no satisfactory repair once the holes appear; however, style dictates that holes in jeans are cool these days (but maybe not if you are over a certain age)!