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.