How to clean your compression stockings

May 10, 2019

Proper care will ensure that you'll get the maximum life and compression from your stockings.  Although our Venasmart compression stockings can be machine washed, we recommend you hand wash them. Hand washing your stockings daily will help your stockings maintain their compression and will remove the dirt and oil from the fabric.  This avoid the early break down of the fibers in the stocking and will keep your skin healthier.

LegSmart Pro Tip:You can always look at the care instructions that comes inside the box. Different manufacturers say different things about how best wash and dry their compression stockings. Some are machine wash friendly.

Fill a your sink or a bucket up with warm water.  Do not use hot water as it may damage the elastic in the stocking.


Add a small amount of mild detergent to the water and agitate the water to mix the soap in. Do not use any fabric softener as that may damage the elastic threads in the stockings.

Gently lather your stockings and let them soak for about 5 to 10 minutes. Avoid rough scrubbing as it might damage the stocking's delicate fibers.

Thoroughly rinse your stockings well with cold water.

Remove the water from your stockings by gently squeezing them, and then pat them dry with a clean towel.  Do not wring the water from your stockings as it may damage the fabric of your stocking.

Lay your stockings out flat to dry.  Do not hang your compression stockings to dry. The weight from the water may stretch the fabric.

When should you replace your stockings?
The elastic fibers of your stockings will break down over time with wear and washing. Proper care will extend the life of your stockings, but you should replace stockings every 3 to 5 months depending on how often you wear them and if you follow the proper care guidelines (hand washing). If your stockings become easy to put on, they probably need to be replaced.

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