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.

  1. Fill a small tub or basin with cool water.
  2. Dip the stockings in the cool water, then remove.
  3. Add a mild detergent or soap to the water. It is recommended to use the manufactures washing solution.
  4. Mix the water with your hand to circulate the soap.
  5. Place the stockings back in the water and let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Do not use hot water because the heat might damage the elastic in the compression stocking.
  1. After soaking, gently rub the stockings to remove dirt and oil.
  2. Squeeze them out and rinse to remove any soap.
  3. 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.
  1. Rinse stockings out until all soap is removed.
  2. When the water squeezes out clear, they are clean.
  3. Squeeze out as much water as you can, then lay the stockings flat to dry in a cool or warm place.
  4. Hang dry.
  5. Do not place near heat.
  6. Do not wring them out, as it may damage the way the compression stocking is woven.

Good Practice

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