Whether you just got a pair of compression stockings or have been using them for years, taking care of your compression garments is of the utmost importance. Not only do you have to keep your socks clean, but you also have to ensure they’re keeping their elasticity to get the therapy that you need.

In this article, we're going to go over two different methods that you can use to keep your compression stockings clean. So, let's get started!


There are two different ways that you can choose to wash your compression socks:

- Washing them By Hand
- Using a Washing Machine

We’ll be going over both options to give you more flexibility in deciding how to take care of them!

But, before we go over either option, here are some things to avoid when cleaning your compression stockings:

1. Avoid wringing out the compression garment since this can damage the stocking
2. Avoid pulling on or stretching the socks during the washing process since this can affect their fit
3. Avoid placing them near excessive heat since this can damage the elastic and hurt the therapy the socks provide

Method 1: Washing by Hand

Washing by Hand

First, we’ll be going over how to hand wash compression socks. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Get a small tub of cool water and add a mild detergent/soap (the manufacturer’s solution is a great option)
2. Place the stockings in the water and let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes
3. Then, gently rub the socks to remove any spots or dirt on them
4. Next, gently squeeze and rinse the compression socks to remove any soap
5. Dry the compression stockings by laying them out in a dry place (avoid sources of excessive heat)

Method 2: Machine Washing

Machine Washing

Although you can wash compression socks by hand, we typically recommend that you machine wash stockings since it’s an easier process. Here’s what you’ll need to do for machine washing:

1. If there are any dirt spots (particularly in the silicone bands), hand wash these areas first
2. Set your washing machine to either cold or warm cycle, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Place the socks in the washer and add a mild soap or detergent (the manufacturer’s detergent is a great option)
4. After the wash completes, remove the socks and gently squeeze or press any excess water from them
5. Dry them by laying them flat in a dry location away from excessive heat

Also, if you’re machine washing your compression stockings, make sure to wash them with similar colored items! And, for extra protection, it’s also recommended to put them in a mesh bag when washing to prevent snags and cuts from occurring.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Often Should I Wash My Compression Socks?

Unless the manufacturer states otherwise, it’s recommended that you clean compression socks after each use.

This is recommended for two reasons. First, it helps keep your stockings free of bacteria and odor, ensuring they’re fresh for each use.

Second, they ensure the garments remain effective by allowing the stockings to regain their elasticity. By doing this, you’ll ensure you get the proper therapy for each use.

Can I Tumble Dry My Compression Socks?

Whether you can tumble dry your stockings depends on the manufacturer! Please check in with the cleaning instructions from them.

If you would like more information about this, you can also email us at customersupport@medityhealth.com or chat in!

Where Can I Buy New Compression Socks When Mine Are Worn Out?

Great question! If you’re looking for new compression stockings, you can shop right here at MedityHealth!

We offer knee-high socks, thigh-high stockings, and pantyhose from some of the top brands, including: Juzo, Jobst, and Sigvaris.

Why Should I Shop at MedityHealth?

Another great question! Customers continue to choose MedityHealth because we offer free shipping, great pricing, and up to a 90-day return policy to ensure you get the fit you need.

What If I Have More Questions?

If you still have questions, please reach out to us any time and we’d be more than happy to help!

You can call us at (866) 945-4766, chat with us on our website (MedityHealth.com), or email us at customersupport@medityhealth.com.