Washing / Care

Washing instructions for correct cleaning of compression stockings

 

 • Wash your compression stockings daily.
• Most compression stockings can be washed in a machine at 40° using the delicates wash cycle. 
• Use a detergent for delicate fabrics. Do not use fabric conditioner as this may block the pores and make the fibers stick together.
• Most stockings are suitable for drying in a tumble dryer (on delicates) but we highly recommend you simply air dry which they do rather quickly under normal humidity conditions.  Never dry compression stockings in the sun or on the radiator.
• Please do not have compression stockings dry cleaned and do not iron or bleach.
• You can wash your compression stockings gently by using a laundry net.

Washing hints for in between and on journeys:
A daily wash in the washing machine isn't practicable for most people, and it's not recommended for the environment either. Washing compression stockings by hand isn't really that much of an effort, so the hand wash can be integrated in everyday routine like brushing your teeth.

• Fill the wash basin with water and add washing powder or other gentle detergent for compression stockings 
• leave to act for a short time
• wash the stockings
• rinse thoroughly
• wrap the wet stockings in a towel and lay flat, apply pressure so that as much moisture as possible is pressed out of the stocking into the towel
• take the stockings out of the towel and hang them up
• leave to dry until next morning
• finished!
 
Why should medical compression stockings be washed every day?
Apart from reasons of hygiene, the compression is reduced slightly by being stretched on the leg and this is restored by washing and drying, which plays a very important role in keeping the individual stocking measurements exactly the same. Only a freshly washed stocking acts on the leg because the stocking loses some of its shape due to the anatomy of the leg and the wash restores it to its original shape. Those who don't wash their stockings for days will not have the required pressure on their legs to enable them profit from compression therapy. Furthermore, the daily wash helps the stocking to keep its elasticity and compression properties for a period of six months.
 
Care is so easy
... that it can become as natural as cleaning your teeth.

 

Socks and sleeves: Machine wash cold or warm with delicate setting and basic detergent. (No Wool-Lite)

Compression Apparel: Machine wash cold with basic detergent, lay flat to dry
 

 

 

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