How to Make Your Compression Stockings Last

When you wear compression stockings, there are a few details you should know about how to take care of your investment and make sure it lasts. Each pair of compression stockings should come with instructions for proper care and cleaning, but we have a few general tips you can use.

Wash Your Compression Stockings the Right Way

Washing your compression garments every time you wear them is extremely important. When you wear the garments, they conform to the size and shape of your legs. A daily or nightly washing will help the garment return to its original size and shape, with the added benefit of keeping the fabric clean and fresh. Some compression pantyhose are washable in your washing machine’s delicate cycle, but not all are, so pay special attention to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

A few general tips: use cold water and a small amount of gentle soap, avoiding any types of softeners, hot water, and hot dryers. When possible, use a compression stocking washing solution, which is specially designed to clean the elastic fibers of your stockings, without damage. Additionally, avoid wringing out your stockings, instead use a towel to pat your stockings dry, and then hang your stockings to dry. Check out our How to Wash Your Compression Stockings guide for more.

Use the Super Grippy Donning Gloves

When you’re buying compression stockings, it’s a great idea to get yourself some donning gloves at the same time. These are gloves specially designed to help you grip and put on your compression stockings while minimizing damage. When putting on compression socks or compression pantyhose without gloves, it’s possible you might damage or snag the elastic fibers with your fingers and fingernails.

Dealing with Snags

If you find a snag or small run in your compression pantyhose, try not to panic. Use a bit of clear fingernail polish or a non-fray liquid for fabric on the snag to prevent it from getting any worse. You can also try to pull the snagged thread back through the compression pantyhose with a needle to repair it.


7 Responses

Christina Slater
Christina Slater

January 27, 2015

Repair small hole made by Velcro material, near the in-step?

Ellen
Ellen

September 28, 2014

My hose always wear out at the heel. The more I sew them , the bigger the hole. I keep my heels soft but after 3-6 months the heels are so big, they leave marks on my feet. What can I do to repair them.?

Angel
Angel

February 17, 2014

I am on my 3rd compression pantyhose, they only last one week before there is a run in my inner thigh starting from the inseam running down my leg. Each pair has the same run, why is this happening? I’ve been remeasured 3 times, tried different compression fabric (I’m using the Plus fabric now). What can I do to prevent the fabric from my pants (I’m assuming it’s what is causing the run), to cause so much friction between my thighs? Please help.

Kristi
Kristi

November 13, 2013

I also would like to know how to darn or repair small holes in the toes of my expensive support hose. The hole continues to get larger until my toe pops out. Please help!

Daniel
Daniel

September 27, 2013

Thanks for reading and commenting Robert and Violette! I can actually answer both of your questions at the same time since they’re related. When your stockings get a small hole or run in them, then can be darned (if you know how) or sewn back together. Clear coat nail polish works great for temporarily fixing small runs. Typically smaller tears in the foot portion aren’t much to worry about since most of the compression is focused in the ankle and calf. Only if you get any tears in those areas should you consider replacing the stockings. Hope this helps!

robert
robert

September 19, 2013

can the toe of my jobst compression socks be repaired

Violette
Violette

January 31, 2013

i always walk without slippers in the house and found small hole in the sole of the stockings. can i just sew them up? thanks

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