Are you wondering how to wash your compression stockings? Although the stockings are constructed of strong elastic and rubber fibers and made to be durable, they can be damaged or stretched if they’re tossed into your washing machine or dryer. The stocking’s compression qualities may be lost with even one tough rinse cycle.
To find out how to wash your brand of stockings, first read the manufacturer’s instructions. Manufacturers such as Sigvaris, Jobst, Mediven, and Juzo should include complete care instructions with your stockings. Some brands of stockings, such as Mediven, may be able to be washed on your washer’s delicate setting.
- Start by filling a bucket, sink, or washtub with warm water.
- Gently dip the stockings into the tub to dampen them.
- Then, add a small amount of delicate washing liquid and swirl it around the water.
- Let the stockings soak for a few minutes to loosen dirt, oils, and skin cells from the stocking’s fibers.
- Gently rub the stockings together to clean them better, but be careful not to stretch them.
- Empty the tub, refill with warm water, and dip or rinse the clean stockings.
- Gently squeeze the stockings to remove excess water.
- Place a towel on a drying rack and lay the stockings on top to dry. Avoid hanging the stockings directly on a rack or pole to drip dry; the weight of the water could stretch the stockings, causing them to fit improperly.
You can buy special detergents designed to protect the fibers of the compression stocking from breaking down.
A special net for washing may also be useful:
How often should you wash your stockings? It depends on how long you wear them, but most manufacturers recommend daily compression stocking washing.
And here’s a tip: moisturizing lotion can break down the fibers in compression stockings, so be sure to apply it only when you remove the stockings at night.
Some stocking wearers recommend a washing solution just for compression hose.