We know, because we create sustainable stockings, that our products are durable enough to withstand just about anything, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care when washing and wearing them. Looking after your legwear is important to ensure you get maximum wear and minimal tear.
Be mindful when wearing
When putting your tights on, it’s important to do so properly to avoid pulling the fabric too much and stretching them out of shape. Bunch them up all the way to the toe, slip into them and slowly pull them up your legs, one at a time. If they’re not sitting right, don’t just yank them from the top. Unroll them to around the knee and then pull back up, making sure you’ve got enough fabric.
The same lesson goes for taking them off, just in the opposite direction. Slowly and gently roll down from the top, avoiding pulling your tights. Be mindful of your nails (fingers and toes!) and any rings or bracelets that could get caught and create tears.
Use a delicate wash bag
When machine washing your tights, make sure to place them in a delicate bag and wash on the gentlest setting. This will first of all ensure your hosiery is safeguarded from any buttons or clips snagging the fabric. Washing on a low setting avoids your tights being overworked and wearing out.
And as tempting as it may be to throw them straight in the dryer - especially in winter - we strongly suggest against it. Tumble drying your hosiery can damage the elastic in the yarns and you risk warping and shrinking the shape.
Hand wash when you can
If you want to keep them in top condition, forego the machine all together and simply hand wash your tights. Hand washing means you can be extra gentle. Once washed, make sure not to wring your stockings. Gently squeeze them to remove excess water. This ensures the shape doesn’t stretch or warp. Don’t forget, the fabric is quite fine and will dry relatively easily when draped over a clothes horse.
Keep all your hosiery separate to the rest of your intimates, especially bras, as the hooks can catch on the fabric and cause tears that become ladders. If you don’t have enough drawers to justify one solely for your tights, use drawer dividers or even a tissue paper-lined shoebox to separate your stockings from the rest of your intimates.