Compression garments are not something we buy as often as we buy our everyday clothes. Because of that, we would like to take good care of them, so they would last and preserve their abilities. As experts in the compression garment industry, we decided to help. So, we are putting down some tips and tricks for you on how to care for your compression socks.
If you are reading this and wondering “What are compression socks?”, then we suggest that you first read our article “Compression socks 101”. But, for those who just need something to fresh their memory, here is a quick run through the subject.
What are medical compression socks?
Medical grade compression socks are socks made of medical grade compression material. There is a wide industry of compression garments, which differ from one another in shape, and strength of compression. Medical grade compression is a mild compression between 10 and 15 mmHg. Compression can go from 8 to as high as 60 mmHg.
Why are these socks different from regular socks?
Compression material that socks are made from helps your veins to pump blood. It tightens firmly around your leg and foot, helping blood flow. For those reasons, they make a perfect companion for those who suffer from varicose veins or cold feet.
Who can benefit from compression stockings?
Medical grade compression socks are very popular among people with varicose veins. However, they are not the only ones who can benefit from these stockings. We all spend most of our day in shoes and socks, which doesn’t allow our feet to breathe. Standing or sitting all day puts pressure on our feet and legs, making it harder for veins to pump the blood uninterruptedly. So, when you think about it: we can all benefit from compression socks.
Medical grade compression socks are great during pregnancy, after a long day at work, after a long flight or while traveling, etc.
Medical grade compression socks by Skineez
Medical grade compression socks from Skineez also help with hydrating your skin and letting it breathe. They are not only made from compression material, but they are also infused with a special formula that replenishes skin. The combination of compression and hydrating therapy has a very relaxing effect on your body. It helps with both circulation problems and sensitive or dry skin. It is a real refreshment to your feet.
Now that you have refreshed your memory, let’s talk about care.
How long should you wear compression socks?
Medical grade compression socks give you a boost while you are active, standing on your feet or sitting down. If you go with mild compression, there is no need to worry that the squeeze can be dangerous. Because of that, there are no reasons for you to limit yourself wearing them. However, it is better if you wore them during the day when you are active and need a helping hand. We already said that these socks or stockings help when you are not able to find time in a day to stretch out or elevate your legs. So, there is no need to wear them if you are resting with your legs on the couch or lying down. With strong compression, it is suggested not to wear them to bed, because the compression is to firm. But, with light or mild compression, it is safe even to sleep with them, only not as effective as during the day. If you are healthy and your feet just get tired, there is no need for you to wear them to bed.
It is, however, highly suggested that you put them right on when you wake up, before standing. In that way, your feet won’t swell and get tired. Also, the change between resting and standing up will not be as drastic.
How long should you wear compression socks for varicose veins?
If you have a minor problem with varicose veins, you should wear your compression socks as we explained above. If you have a moderate or severe problem, then you should consult your doctor. He or she will help you with the level of compression you need and the recommended usage that comes with it.
How to care for compression socks?
Your compression socks should always be clean and dry when you are using them. Here are some tips on how to properly care for them:
- Hand-wash them separately in cold water. That way the material won’t suffer damage and will stay firm and flexible.
- Never use chlorine-based bleach.
- Do not use fabric softeners
- Line dry
- Do not put them into direct disclosure to the sun or heat (such as from radiators)
- Do not iron
- Do not dry clean
Soak your stocking in cold water, add mild detergent and let them soak. After 5-10 minutes, wash them and rinse them. Let them dry on a hard surface for another 10 minutes. After that, hang them inside away from the radiator or outside in shade. Let them dry completely.
Skineez hydrating formula:
After 10 washes, you should re-infuse them with our formula, using our Garment Replenishing Spray. In 4 simple steps, they will be as good as new!
How long do compression stockings last?
You can do your best to take care of your socks, but for how long until you need a new pair? For the best experience and for the sake of your feet, you should know when it is the time to replace your compression stockings.The best rhythm is to change them once every 3-4 months.