How to Wash Your Compression Socks

We often get customers asking us how to keep their socks in the best condition to ensure they last for as long as possible. One of the main ways to ensure your compression socks maintain their durability is to properly wash them. Before you follow these steps, check the manufacturer's instructions (usually included with the packaging) to see what they recommend.

We put together the following steps to ensure you properly wash your compression socks:

Step 1:

Fill a sink with warm water. Pour a mild detergent into the warm water and agitate the water with your hands to ensure the detergent is evenly distributed.

Step 2:

Soak your compression stockings in the warm water.  While they are in the water, gently agitate each sock by rubbing them with your fingers and palms. Do not use aggressive rubbing, as you can ruin the fibers. Be sure not to stretch your compression socks in any way. This may result in deformed socks that may end up being too long or too loose. This process should only take a few minutes.

Step 3:

Once you have properly washed your socks, pour out the soapy water and add warm, clean water. Rinse your compression socks gently in the water to ensure there is no access soap.

Step 4:

After properly rinsing your socks, remove them from the water and gently squeeze them with your hands. Be sure not to twist or stretch your compression stockings, because the elastic might become damaged and may lose its compression. After most of the excess water is removed, place them on a flat surface or hang them on a hanger.

Going through the process of washing your compression socks may seem tedius, but properly washing them will ensure that they last for as long as possible and not remove the compression. The washing process is the same for all types of compression stockings, including medical, maternity, thigh high, and compression stockings for nurses.

If this all sounds like far too much for you, you might consider limiting your sock purchases to Juzo brand socks. Almost all Juzo compression socks and stockings are machine washable and dryer safe.

Additional Tips:

  • Do not use fabric softener or a detergent with a softener, as this will damage the fibers after continuous usage. Woolite is especially bad for compression. NEVER use it.
  • Do not use cold or hot water. Using cold water will not properly remove any oils and dirt deeply embedded in the fabric. Hot water will damage the fabric and may even permanently set stains in white colored compression socks.
  • Read the manufacturer’s packaging to find out additional information on longevity and proper washing. If you can’t find the packaging, check our website. We post laundry instructions on most of our product pages.
  • Do not place in dryer unless clearly instructed on the packaging. High heat can set stains in your white compression socks and cause damage to the fabric and eventually lose its compression. BUT some items and brands like Juzo recommend drying their compression socks to return them to the correct shape. Read instructions on the box carefully.

How to clean the silicone top bands on knee and thigh highs?

  • Soap and oils can build-up on silicone-top bands making them less effective, even with proper washing.
  • Use a cotton ball and a little alcohol, or an alcohol swab to remove soap residue.

How often should compression stockings be washed?

  • Compression stockings should be washed daily.
  • Dirt and oils break down spandex.
  • Daily washing also restores the shape of the stocking.

What mild detergent is a good choice?

  • Anything that's recommend for babies and kids would be a good choice for your compression socks! We also sell a few detergents made specifically for compression hosiery. Many customers have reported that they do prolong the life of the socks and stockings. Take a look here and read the reviews!

The staff at BrightLife Direct are eager to answer any of your questions regarding how to properly wash your compression socks. They have years of experience and knowledge in compression stockings for men and compression stockings for women.

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