If you are like me, with most things I own I like to get my money’s worth out of them for as long as possible. To accomplish this in most cases proper handling and basic maintenance are necessary. Compression stockings are no different.
Here are some quick pointers on how to get the longest possible use from your compression stockings:
- Frequent washing does not harm compression garments if done properly. Washing your compression or support hose often (preferably after each day of wearing them) actually helps to restore its elastic properties and removes any oils or dirt from the thin woven fibers.
- The elastic fibers in your compression stockings are not invincible against snagging and tearing. To prevent the premature demise of your graduated support hose make sure your hands and feet are well groomed and have no jagged nails or rough skin on which the thin fibers of your compression stockings could catch and potentially be damaged.
- When handling compression stockings or any hosiery for that matter make sure to first remove all jewelry from your hands and preferably use rubber coated gloves to manipulate and smooth the stocking or pantyhose material on your legs.
- Always store your compression hosiery in a dry place. Take care not to snag it in drawers on rough spots in the wood (storing hosiery in plastic baggies offers good protection).
- Never expose compression stockings to direct high heat sources or very hot sun light as this could permanently damage the elastic fibers. By simply following these important tips you should be able to get adequate use out of your compression and support stockings until they need to be replaced.
For additional handling and care tips please also read our blog post… Compression Stocking Care Made Easy