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Old 12-26-2009, 12:08 PM   post #1 of 53
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Default Any idea how to soften a new Carhartt

Got a new Carhartt for Christmas and this thing is stiffer than a honeymoon dink, any way to soften it up ??
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:13 PM   post #2 of 53
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i think if you dry it with a few tennis balls in the dryer it helps, i havent tried it but heard that rumor somewhere
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:15 PM   post #3 of 53
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I got one out of the closet that I hadn't worn in a while and after I worked in it for a few hours it seemed to be much softer.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:17 PM   post #4 of 53
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When I get a new one, I wear it for dress for a while until it breaks in, then it becomes my grub jacket afterwards. By then, it's been worn & washed a few times and is nice & soft & flexible for working.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:21 PM   post #5 of 53
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I researched this very subject a couple years ago on the net with no real solution. Here's what works for me: Wear 'em, get 'em greasy and dirty, roll around under machinery, plow snow, work in the rain, spill stuff on 'em.... and never wash them again. Carhartt's of any kind ain't ever supposed to look "clean"!
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:17 PM   post #6 of 53
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I find the stiffer they are,the less likely they are to snag on a sharp peice of metal,thorns,etc..they will soften eventually just by wearing them..I trashed a lot of mine on ragged fenders working in the junkyard,when they were new and stiff they wont snag,but once they are "broken in" they'll rip like paper on sharp objects..I washed mine as few times as possible,because they shrink so much I couldn't get into them after a half dozen washings,they lose thier insulation value after washing them some too--and DONT dry them in a dryer unless they are two sizes too big for you!..I used to just hang mine up to dry ,usually in the room where the wood stove is..
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:21 PM   post #7 of 53
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just wash it several times, with softener, and softener in the dryer.
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:53 PM   post #8 of 53
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I never wash new Carhartts and seldom wash old grubby ones. They tend to be more wind and rain resistant when new and when coated with grease and grime. If you just have to clean them up a pressure washer with cool water does a reasonable job without shrinking the heck of them. As posted before, don't put them in a dryer unless you got an urge to give them to someone smaller than you.

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Old 12-26-2009, 04:27 PM   post #9 of 53
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If you must wash... dry 'em in the room with the woodstove like Tractorholic sez and AFTER they 're dry run them in the dryer for an hour on "Air Only". This will fluff up the polyester insulation again and mildly soften them. This is how I do down stuff without messing down up with heat. Down only takes about 20 minutes though. Anything with fiber or feathers for insulation has to be fluffed to insulate. If it's all laying in the bottom of the quilt pockets in lumps you're going to be cold.
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:54 PM   post #10 of 53
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I never wash new Carhartts and seldom wash old grubby ones. They tend to be more wind and rain resistant when new and when coated with grease and grime. If you just have to clean them up a pressure washer with cool water does a reasonable job without shrinking the heck of them. As posted before, don't put them in a dryer unless you got an urge to give them to someone smaller than you.

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Old 12-26-2009, 04:57 PM   post #11 of 53
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Who's talking about real men here...Big Boy! ;

You know what they say....to be a real man these days, you need to be in touch with your feminine side.
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Old 12-26-2009, 05:03 PM   post #12 of 53
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What about some time near a woodstove??
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Old 12-26-2009, 05:08 PM   post #13 of 53
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Tarp strap it to a tractor tire tread and drive down a gravel road 1/2 mile and back. That'll loosen it up.
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Old 12-26-2009, 05:37 PM   post #14 of 53
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to funny.

nothing will make a Carhartt soft except wearing it like ya stole it.
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Soft?????,?,, I got a carrhart jacket and bib overall 4 years ago......still not "soft"........I like it that way.......
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