Washing and caring for hosiery
If you take good care of hosiery garments, they'll last longer.
- Wash pantyhose gently by hand, using a mild detergent that doesn't contain chlorine bleach, which will remove colors and damage fibers.
- If you are at the upper end of a size range, it's often wise to get the next size for maximum fit and comfort. Larger or full-figured women should look for larger-sized products often called queen size, which are designed for them. If you have large calves go up one size.
- Do not use a chlorine bleach on support wear.
- Wash your hosiery before you wear it.
- May dry in a dryer on low heat or delicate setting.
- If you prefer the washing machine, place them in a hosiery bag or pillowcase and wash on the gentle cycle with a mild detergent.
- Placing your stockings in a mesh laundry bag will help protect them during the wash cycle.
- Hang or lay flat to air-dry.
- To dry, place one or two pairs of pantyhose on a towel, roll up and squeeze towel gently. This eliminates stretching when hanging hosiery to dry. Never attempt to dry pantyhose in the dryer.
There is a right way to put on hosiery to ensure better comfort. Most importantly, take a few minutes to put them on properly, and follow these simple directions:
- Remove all jewelry, and check fingernails and toes for rough edges.
- Always wear a neutral colour hose or match your hosiery to the lighter colour in the shoes. Never wear nylons that are darker than the lightest colour in the shoes.
- Roll each leg of the pantyhose down and place the garment over the foot. Gently smooth one leg way up, then repeat on the other leg. Pull the rest of the pantyhose up to the waist, but don't pull too tight! Smooth fabrics while checking for any snags.
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