Meet the Staff: Denise

It’s been such a busy holiday week – especially with our sale on Sigvaris – that we’re a day late with our weekly Meet the Staff feature! A day late, but well worth the wait because this week we’re featuring Denise – a BrightLife staff member who makes ALL of our customers happy by making returns easy.

Meet the Staff: Denise
Check out Denise’s favorite product – the Sigvaris Soft Opaque Pantyhose – and check back next week for more details on the amazing BrightLife Staff.


How to Wash Your Compression Socks

We often get customers asking us how to keep their socks in the best condition to ensure they last for as long as possible. One of the main ways to ensure your compression socks maintain their durability is to properly wash them.

We put together the following steps to ensure you properly wash your compression socks:

Step 1:

Fill a sick or bucket with warm water. Pour a mild detergent into the warm water and agitate the water with your hands to ensure the detergent is evenly distributed.

Step 2:

Soak your compression stockings into the warm water.  While they are in the water, gently agitate each sock by rubbing them with your fingers and palms. Do not use aggressive rubbing, as you can ruin the fibers. Be sure not to stretch your compression socks in any way. This may result in deformed socks that may end up being too long or too loose. This process should only take a few minutes.

Step 3:

Once you have properly washed your socks, pour out the soapy water and add warm, clean water. Rinse your compression socks gently in the water to ensure there is no access soap.

Step 4:

After properly rinsing your socks, remove them from the water and gently squeeze them with your hands. Be sure not to twist or stretch your compression stockings, because the elastic might become damaged and may lose its compression. After most of the excess water is removed, place them on a flat surface or hang them on a hanger.

Going through the process of washing your compression socks may seem long, but properly washing them will ensure that they last for as long as possible and not remove the compression. The washing process is the same for all types of compression stockings, including medical, maternity, thigh high, and compression stockings for nurses.

If this all sounds like far too much for you, you might consider limiting your sock purchases to Juzo brand socks. Almost all Juzo compression socks and stockings are machine washable and dryer safe.

Additional Tips:

  • Do not use fabric softener or a detergent with a softener, as this will damage the fibers after continuous usage. Woolite is especially bad for compression.
  • Do not use cold or hot water. Using cold water will not properly remove any oils and dirt deeply embedded in the fabric. Hot water will damage the fabric and may even permanently set stains in white colored compression socks.
  • Read the manufacturer’s packaging to find out additional information on longevity and proper washing. If you can’t find the packaging, check our website. We post laundry instructions on most of our product pages.
  • Do not place in dryer unless clearly instructed on the packaging. High heat can set stains in your white compression socks and cause damage to the fabric and eventually lose its compression. BUT some items and brands like Juzo recommend drying their compression socks to return them to the correct shape. Read instructions on the box carefully.

The staff at BrightLife Direct are eager to answer any of your questions regarding how to properly wash your compression socks. They have years of experience and knowledge in compression stockings for men and compression stockings for women.

Spotlight on Solidea

We’ve added a new brand to our inventory – Solidea. Have you heard of it? Solidea is known globally for combining fashion and compression into effective medical shapewear.

We first came into contact with Solidea through our contacts at, who recommended Solidea compression armsleeves for Lymphedema patients. We’ve found that Solidea not only carries great products for customers treating lymphedema and edema in their legs and arms, but Solidea also designs fabulous compression shapewear that slims and tones the body (something we think everyone will like!).  Read on to learn more about this line and why we’re so excited about it!

Solidea Bilateral ArmsleevesSolidea for Lymphedema: We are really impressed with the innovative armsleeves that Solidea carries. Some patients with lymphedema cannot use traditional armsleeves due to constriction of the upper arm. The Solidea sleeve doesn’t hold on to the top of the arm – the fabric actually comes across the shoulder and back. This design makes sure that the armsleeve is comfortably in place all day and that it won’t interfere with lymphatic movement. It actually helps maximize fluid movement.

Patients with edema in the upper thigh were looking for options as well. The Solidea Micro Massage Capris, when worn in combination with compression hosiery, provide full-leg compression and fluid movement.

Solidea is unique from other brands because of its patented fabric technology. The “Micro Massage” works directly with the subcutaneous lymphatic capillaries to move lymphatic fluid.

Solidea Silver Wave Abdominal BandFashion Shapewear: Want to improve your circulation, trim your tummy AND dress with style? Well, Solidea is the brand for you! Solidea, which is made in Italy with soft, luxurious fabric, is created to fit your body like a second skin. The seamless Wonder Model hosiery has a shaping panty that does wonders for your figure and looks great with dress clothes. And, the Silver Wave Abdominal Band uses Micro Massage technology to break up cellulite cells and smooth skin.

Learn more about Solidea on their website and check back on our site frequently as we add more shaping products at great prices to our Solidea collection.

By Brita @ BrightLife Direct

Meet the BrightLife Staff: Scott

Ever wonder who packed and shipped your socks so quickly or who processed your return?? We thought you might, so every Thursday we feature a profile of one of our dedicated employees.

Today – meet Scott, our Office Manager or as he likes to say “Minister of Support.” Scott makes sure we’re stocked with all kinds of compression goodies and that all of our customers are happy.

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Check back every Thursday to learn more about the BrightLife Direct employees that work with you!



Should Traditional Compression Stockings be Worn at Night?

Traditional elastic compression stockings should not be worn at night on a regular basis, unless you are told to do so by your doctor.  Just about all compression stockings provide “static” compression which means constant pressure is being applied to your legs all the time to help your blood circulate. You will feel the same compression level whether you are sitting, standing, or laying down.  These activities can also include naps and long flights, but “static” compression is not meant for regular around-the-clock use.

The exception to this is a low compression stocking, below 18mmHg, such as anti-embolism stockings or TED hose.  These are the white stockings often worn while in the hospital, and are sometimes prescribed for home use following surgical procedures.

If one needs compression 24 hours a day, your doctor or therapist will typically recommend a solution like bandaging or an alternative compression garment that provides “Dynamic” compression. These garments provide more compression when you move, and less when you are resting. Think of tying a string lightly but taut around your calf.  Flexing your calf muscle will make the string feel tight, although the string inherently has no compression.  Your muscles are creating the “Dynamic” compression.

Dynamic compression is often used to treat lymphedema, especially during the decongestive phase.  And it’s used by individuals whose medical condition requires compression around-the-clock.

By: Pete@BrightLife Direct