If you thought washing your jeans was problematic, then you’re probably in the dark about how to correctly wash your hosiery.
Depending on what type of tights you have will depend on the best way to wash them. For example, Sonsee 20 Denier Sheer tights need a little more care when washing than Sonsee 100 Denier tights which are more robust.
Here are our top tips for caring for your tights so they last you season after season.
While you might not be able to see dirt on your tights, it’s good to wash them after every second wear to keep them fresh. Many of us don’t wash our tights enough with the fear of tearing them or we’re simply unsure of the best way to do it.
Thicker, more sturdy tights can be thrown in the washing machine (phew!), perfect for those of us who don’t simply have the time to fit hand washing into our schedule.
To ensure your tights don’t tear or end up entangling everything else in your washing machine, here are some easy steps to follow.
- Turn tights inside out and pop into a laundry bag. Be careful not to put bras in the same bag as the hooks could snag the tights.
- Use a mild detergent in a cold, delicate cycle to protect the colour and texture of your tights
- Skip the dryer and hang to dry in shade or inside
Like most super delicate or lacy items in your wardrobe, it pays to play it safe with sheer tights and opt for a quick hand wash (plus, it can be a very therapeutic exercise!).
- Fill a bucket/sink with warm water using mild soap or detergent
- Remove any rings or jewellery that could snag the material (watch any pointy fingernails or rough skin)
- Turn hosiery inside out and let soak for 10 minutes
- Scrunch tights and gently rub fabric together to remove dirt
- Rinse with cold water and roll up in a towel to remove excess water
- Hang in the shade or inside to dry
Putting on your tights…safely
There is nothing worse as having your perfect outfit chosen for the day, slowly pulling on your tights…and ‘bang’ – a long tear runs down the back of them.
While all Sonsee tights are premium quality, therefore less likely to snag, here are some quick and easy tips to ensure your tights slide on effortlessly and snag-free.
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Other things to help your tights stay in tip top shape:
- Shave and moisturise your legs before you put your tights on for easy glide. Use a little extra moisturiser for your hands to smooth out any rough bits that could snag the material
- Avoid boots or shoes with buckles or zips that could snag the material
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Taking them off…gently
To take your hosiery off simply do the opposite of putting them on – start at the top and roll them down gently without ever pulling to avoid stretching them.
Give your tights the love they deserve and they’ll stay in good shape for you all year around.