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.

Pete@BrightLife Direct
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