Congratulations on your first pair of Crazy Compression socks! We're so excited for you and all the benefits they can bring you! If this is your first time having compression socks, do you know how to care for them? How to wash your compression socks and the best way to store them? Do you know how to care for your compression socks, sleeves, and stocking so they last longer?
If you're uncertain about answering any of these questions, let Crazy Compression aid you. We are crazy about everything compression socks, from how they work, why they work, how they're made, and even how to care for them—so that you get the optimal benefits from every pair. Let's dive into caring for your new socks.
Wearing Compression Socks
To get the maximum benefits from wearing your compression socks, you should be putting them on when you get out of bed in the morning and taking them off before bed. Putting them on, ideally before your feet hit the floor, prevents swelling before it can start. However, if you're new to wearing compression therapy garments, you might have to work up to wearing them all day. That's perfectly normal!
You can start to ease into them by wearing your compression socks or sleeves for a few hours at a time, working toward the goal of a full day. Your health provider will be able to assist best and advise you when and how long you should wear compression socks should you be using them for medical conditions.
How Often To Change Compression Socks or Sleeves
It might be tempting to think, since they look clean and smell clean, to re-wear your compression socks the next day. Please make sure that you wash your compression socks or sleeves every evening after taking them off, or ensure you have enough to wear a clean pair every day.
Changing into clean compression socks every day is for two reasons. One, for hygiene, odor and bacteria do not grow and thrive in the sock from foot, from sock to foot again. And two, this is to ensure that your compression sock's material remains at maximum efficiency. When you wear a compression garment for an entire day, it stretches. Once washed and properly dried, the sock or garment regains its original elasticity and compression.
How To Wash Your Compression Socks
Like any compression garment, you must wash compression socks after use and before wearing them again. Like many other garments, if you can avoid placing them in the washer to clean them, that would be best. However, not all of us can hand wash due to illness or limited mobility issues. Therefore, if you can only use your washer, here's how to do so to ensure they last long.
Washing Compression socks in the Washing Machine:
• Always wash them in like colors.
• Wash them in cold, cool, or warm water, but avoid hot water.
• Use a gentle detergent specially formulated for active products to help sanitize and remove odors.
• Never use bleach or detergent with bleach.
• Choose your washer's delicates or gentle cycle.
• Skip the dryer. Make sure you hang your compression socks from the wash to air dry, somewhere either outside in the sun or in a part of your home where there is airflow, and it is dry.
If you can hand wash them, we recommend considering doing so to preserve the special elastics that give your socks their compression. Handwashing can help prevent repeated chemical detergent exposure, weakening and damaging the fabric. Hand washing is also much more gentle on compression socks than machine washing, as machine washing relies on rough agitation and handwashing preserves the integrity of the elastic and dyed fabric.
Handwashing Compression Socks:
• Fill a sink, a bathtub, or a basin with cold, cool, or warm water. Avoid using hot water.
• Add a mild detergent to the water. Don't use a harsh detergent or detergent with bleach. Use a specialized detergent to clean activewear that removes sweat and bacteria if possible. A teaspoon should be sufficient.
• Gently mix the detergent with water. Place your compression socks within the water and let them soak for 5 to 30 minutes.
• Gently swish compression socks in the water, and then carefully rub them together to remove oil and dirt. Please pay attention to any bands on the socks as they can often attract foreign materials.
• Drain the sink, tub, or water basin and begin rinsing out your compression socks under cold, cool, or warm water. When rinsing, be gentle when squeezing, and don't pull the socks as this can stretch out the material and compromise your fit.
• Continue rinsing and squeezing until the water is clear of soap and suds. Press out as much water as you can, then lay the stockings flat on a towel or hang them to dry. Try to avoid wringing the socks or placing them near extreme heat, which can affect the materials.
How Often You Should Replace Your Socks
Having more than one pair of compression socks and rotating them will help prolong the garment's life. Depending on where you purchased your socks from and how they are manufactured, you will most likely have to replace them every six months—sooner if you're repeatedly wearing and washing just one or two pairs.
However, we happen to know that if you're caring for your Crazy Compression socks, they come with a lifetime guarantee. That guarantee is because we are committed to making the absolute best compression socks and knowing how important it is to our customers to own quality, well-made garments that will last! We hope that we've been able to assist you with these fantastic tips and tricks on taking care of your compression socks or stockings so they last longer than ever. Do you still have some questions for us about the care of your new compression socks? Curious about something else? Please feel free to reach out and contact us at any time. We would love to help answer your questions and help you find the perfect sock for you!
When it comes to compression socks, we're crazy in love with what we do and hope you'll love it, too!