April 14, 2024

How to Wash Your Compression Garments


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!

Things to Avoid

Before we go over how to wash your compression socks, here are some important things you need 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

How to Wash Your Compression Socks

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 a cold or warm cycle, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions (if you're unsure, just reach out to us!)
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 garment bag when washing to prevent snags from occurring.

How Often Should I Wash My Compression Garments?

Unless the manufacturer states otherwise, it’s recommended that you clean compression socks after each use. This is recommended for two reasons:

1. It helps keep your stockings free of bacteria and odor, ensuring they’re fresh for each use.
2. It ensures 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!

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.


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