We do encourage the use of COLD water. With modern detergents, hot water is not needed and it will only wear out your clothing faster. And yes, machine washing is fine.
Dry cleaning? We do not endorse this cleaning method. While our pants are 100% cotton, the holster-pockets are manufactured from rip-stop nylon and Velcro. These items are synthetics and we cannot ensure that the solvents used in each dry cleaning facility would be compatible with nylon and Velcro.
You can have the pants professionally laundered. Laundries do offer services for washing and pressing sharp creases into your pants if that is your styling preference.
We chose 100% cotton because Americans love the feel and breathability of cotton. It is true, synthetic materials are more forgiving with wash and wear . . . but the comfort and feel are not the same. CCW Breakaways washes, dries, and presses each garment before it leaves our factory. This costs more too . . . but the extra cost is worth the perfect fit . . . and there's no shrinkage!
Will my cotton pants wrinkle? What can I do to prevent wrinkling in my cotton pants? The two videos below explain the proper wash and dry techniques that affect the outcome.
The first video from Consumer Reports emphasizes:
- Cold Water Washing
The second video (between 2:29 and 3:50) from Consumer Reports emphasizes:
- Tumble Dry, or Hang Dry, or Air Flat Dry,
- And if you use the Tumble Dry method, use the least amount of time and use the least amount of heat,
- Then, hang immediately to prevent wrinkles . . . even if they're a little damp!