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Are Your Kitchen Countertops Ruining Your Tops and T-shirts?

Are Your Kitchen Countertops Ruining Your Tops and T-shirts?

There is a laundry list of why these tiny holes occur in your tops and t-shirts. The most common reason is hardware. Your jeans button, your belt buckle and even your zipper if it sticks out, all lead to tiny holes in the front of your tops. Jeans hardware combined with friction from leaning against something like your kitchen counter would be the number one cause. Add in some granite or stone countertops and voila, mysterious tiny holes in a shirt you just bought. It does not matter if you spent £5 or £50, if you have a top made from thin material and are wearing jeans, leaning into a hard surface, you better believe you will be getting holes.  

 We tested a number of tops that ranged from Asda to Jigsaw - all were made from cotton and some had a hint of lycra for stretch. It did not matter how much the top was, the outcome was always tiny holes. Sometimes it took a few hours and sometimes it took a few weeks. The common denominators in the testing included a pair of jeans and a granite countertop. We think that if you have wood, you will eventually get holes, maybe not as quickly as granite, but this was not tested. We also found that tiny holes could be height dependant, so if you were petite or quite tall your top/button/countertop abrasion was not so apparent because if you were leaning into the counter it would not hit at that “sweet spot” to induce tiny holes.

 You can take preventative measures to reduce the occurrence of these tiny holes in the kitchen:

  1. Wear an apron to reduce the friction of the shirt/button/counter top
  2. Tuck in your top
  3. Put duct tape or masking tape over your jeans button
  4. If you run your hand along the edge of the granite, check that there’s no chipped edges or bits that stick out as this can snag your tops. You can get a stonemason to smooth out these edges apparently.
  5. Wear leggings.
  6. Wear a t-shirt that you don’t care about damaging in the kitchen.
  7. Wear heels so your hips are above the counter to prevent leaning.
  8. Try Holé and cover your jeans button for hole prevention.