We all do it almost every day: compression wash. Tights, sleeve stockings and even compression sportswear - everything goes into the machine more often than many other items of clothing in your bar. We can make some mistakes in handling the special material that could damage it.
But don't worry, dear ones. Today I am Master Proper, the white giant, the Persil Megaperl and save your supplies from the cruel laundering death. Caroline to the Rescue!
Oh god, did I do so much wrong?
Ok ok that was a little dramatic. But let's be honest, washing compression is not really emotionally upsetting or even exciting. Perhaps this little top 10 will help you avoid a few mistakes and in the end have well-maintained compression garments by your side for longer. So, let's go.
10 mistakes that can happen while washing compression
- Wrong temperature selected
In general, you should stick to the temperature on the label and do not wash the compression stockings hotter than indicated. Usually the optimal temperature is 40 ° on the delicate program.
- Place compression stockings on the heater to dry
Don't do that. Do not dry compresses in direct sunlight or on a heater. But some models are suitable for the tumble dryer on the gentle cycle, for example.
TIP: If you want to go faster, put the supply in a towel, wrap it up and squeeze it out a little (DO NOT wring it). Then hang up as usual.
- Fabric softener, optical brightener or stain remover used
This is definitely not a good idea. The pores can be closed by the additives and fibers can be glued together and you are doing your compression a disservice. In the worst case, you will also favor sliding.
- Wrong detergent used
Delicates or colored detergents are used for compression washing in the washing machine (Test winner Stiftung Warentest) recommended. Heavy duty and wool detergents contain additives that should be avoided.
TIP: Almost all manufacturers offer special detergents for compression stockings. Next time just ask about it in your medical supply store. Here we have it for you average and here that Juzo Detergent tested.
- No laundry net used
Bra closures, zippers or Velcro fasteners are potential dangers to the fabric and could cause damage. I use a laundry net to protect my stockings. There are either some directly from the manufacturer in your medical supply store or here on amazon for a narrow thaler.
- Washed irregularly
It is highly recommended that compressions be washed daily after use. Be it in the washing machine or by hand, the daily reset for the fibers guarantees you the right fit every day!
- Washed on the wrong side
In order to remove residues such as skin flakes, hair or lotions from the adhesive tape with its silicone coatings, you can wash the stockings inside out. If things got particularly dirty, you can pre-clean the silicone a little by hand.
- Chemical cleaning
People are naturally creative people and that's why some people might get the idea of having their stockings dry-cleaned. That is not exactly what is meant by gentle care, so please don't do that. That's not a flokati.
Yes, the direct heat from ironing should also be avoided. Since the compression should lie like a second skin anyway, there shouldn't be any problem with wrinkles. The body heat will smooth everything out by itself. After all, we are hot devices 😉
Even if the thought of (ideally) two pairs of stockings in the semester inpuncto germination does not always trigger ecstasy, I can reassure you. You don't have to chlorinate the compression or soak it in vinegar to keep it sterile. Daily laundry is sufficient here and, above all, the high-tech fabric from which our supplies are made. That already ensures that we don't carry bacteria mothership with us for walks and we already know from the swimming pool that chlorine is not the gentlest thing.
Everything has an end
Even our wonderful high-tech super compression has had its day after six months and has done its job. Then it's time to buy a new one (in the best case a second as an alternating supply for hygienic reasons) to apply. Until then, be good to your compressions, take care of them and work around the mistakes. This may save you a little trouble and you can benefit from the quality of your care for longer.