PROTECTING YOUR COMPRESSION STOCKINGS
Gradient compression stockings are expensive – and to get the best, most effective use out of them it is important to care for them properly. Caring for your compression stockings by wearing donning gloves is one of the first things you can do to protect your investment
These gloves not only help you get your compression stockings on and off, but they also help protect the stockings from jewelry and sharp fingernails.
CARING FOR YOUR STOCKINGS
PLEASE, wash your compression stockings! I have heard several stories of people not wanting to wash their compression stockings for fear that the garments will wear out faster. In fact, the opposite is true. Washing your compression stockings on a daily basis maximizes therapeutic effectiveness and prolongs the life of the stocking. The oils and dirt in the skin actually cause the compression in the stocking to break down faster and be less effective.
I recommend hand washing your compression stockings in warm water with a mild soap. Using soap specifically designed for compression stockings can prolong their effectiveness. Be sure that you rinse all soap residue from the stockings, then wrap your compression stockings in a clean towel and pat as much of the water out of them as possible. Lay flat too dry. To dry faster, use a small fan.
Some manufacturers do say that their stockings can be machine washed and dried. If you decide to go this route, treat your compression stockings like you would fine lingerie. Use the lowest permanent press settings and a garment bag. If you also decided to use the dryer, use the lowest possible temperature setting. Never use bleach, chlorine, fabric softeners, Woolite or other laundry additives, for these can damage the compression in the garment.
ONE TO WASH, ONE TO WEAR
Depending on how often you do laundry, you will want to have adequate stockings so that you have a clean pair of stockings to wear each day. At the very least, you will want to have a pair of stockings to wear, and one to wash. If a compression stocking is worn every day, you should get good compression therapy for around four to six months. If you purchase two pairs of stockings and switch them out on a regular basis, you now have good compression therapy to last the entire year.
SILICONE BAND CARE
Occasionally the silicone band at the top of the stocking will begin to lose its grip. If and when this happens, you can use a little rubbing alcohol to clean the silicone. If no rubbing alcohol is available, hand wash the silicone band with hot soapy water. This should give the silicone band some extra life.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
Gradient Compression Stockings are an investment in your health! Protect your investment with proper care of these garments.
- Use donning gloves whenever you don or doff garments
- Wash stockings daily by hand
- Lay flat to dry
- Clean silicone band when needed
REPLACING YOUR COMPRESSION GARMENTS
When wearing compression stockings daily, you should get six months of good compression therapy from your garment with proper care. Be sure to replace garments when they begin to feel loose and seem too easy to get on. Compression only works if it is compressing, and older garments are not going to give you the benefits you need. Investing in your health with good quality compression stockings can be expensive, but caring for your compression stockings can protect that investment in your stockings and in your health.