How to Wash Compression Stockings?
Compression stockings are a great source of relief for swelling in the legs and help to increase circulation. Knowing the right way to keep them clean will help them last a long time. Its imperative that the garment is washed after each use. Washing brings back the elasticity to the garment; this insures your getting the proper compression as well as preventing them from rolling. Washing after each use will also remove built up oils/sweat which leads to garments tearing & ripping.
- Fill a small tub or basin with cool water.
- Dip the stockings in the cool water, then remove.
- Add a mild detergent or soap to the water. It is recommended to use the manufactures washing solution.
- Mix the water with your hand to circulate the soap.
- Place the stockings back in the water and let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Do not use hot water because the heat might damage the elastic in the compression stocking.
- After soaking, gently rub the stockings to remove dirt and oil.
- Squeeze them out and rinse to remove any soap.
- Be sure to squeeze them gently and do not pull the stockings. Pulling can result in an imperfect fit when trying to wear them again.
- Rinse stockings out until all soap is removed.
- When the water squeezes out clear, they are clean.
- Squeeze out as much water as you can, then lay the stockings flat to dry in a cool or warm place.
- Hang dry.
- Do not place near heat.
- Do not wring them out, as it may damage the way the compression stocking is woven.
Wash your garments after each wearing – The more you wash them the better – Washing brings back the elasticity to the garment, and remove built up oils and dirt. Do not wear a pair for more than 6 Months – This is the max – many replace after 4 months of wearing. This said one can increase the lifespan of each stocking when more not wearing the same stocking everyday- we recommend having 2 or 3 pairs so that they can be alternated. Just because they look good does not mean that they still have the proper compression