Wear & Care Instructions for Compression Garments

Useful tips to help you get the most life out of your compression stockings and armsleeves.

How to wash compression garments –

  • Most compression garments can be machine washed
  • Use a garment bag if fabric is sheer or tends to snag
  • Use cold or warm water, never hot, and a mild detergent
  • Detergents appropriate for babies clothing are considered mild
  • Hosiery washing solutions condition nylon, and will give your stockings a longer life
  • Many compression stockings can be machine dried.  Check the package or product label.  Spandex and silicone top-bands don’t like heat, so air drying will extend the life of your garment.
  • Fabric softeners and bleach should never be used with compression garments

How to clean the silicone top bands on knee and thigh highs –

  • Soap and oils can build-up on silicone-top bands making them less effective, even with proper washing.
  • Use a cotton ball and a little alcohol, or an alcohol swab to remove soap residue.

How often should compression stockings be washed –

  • Compression stockings should be washed daily.
  • Dirt and oils break down spandex.
  • Daily washing also restores the shape of the stocking.

Should compression garments be worn at night or for 24 hours –

  • Some individuals with severe lymphedema or edema do occasionally need to wear compression 24 hours a day, but this is not typical.  If you are  wearing a compression garment all the time, it should only be done under the supervision of a doctor or therapist.

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Thigh highs slipping down?

If your thigh highs are slipping down, you may have a build-up of oil and/or soap residue on the silicone stay-up band.  There is an easy fix.  Either use an alcohol swab or cotton ball dipped in isopropyl alcohol to clean the silicone ridges on the inside of the top band.  This will remove the oils and anything else that may be preventing it from clinging to your leg.  Over time the band of the thigh high may loosen up a bit.  It could also be an indication that it’s time to buy a new pair.  Try cleaning with alcohol first.

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