How to take care of your stockings: wearing, washing, storage
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Let’s be honest: delicate nylon stockings don’t really have a long life. There are some tips, though, that help to prevent them from getting ladders or being destroyed ways too early and help to give them a longer life. Depending on their quality, they can even survive several times of washing before they have to be replaced. In the following, I’m going to tell you everything I know on how to take care of your delicate nylon stockings to give them a longer life.
PS: Check out my blogpost Stockings from A to Z to learn more about stockings and nylon specific terms!
How to take care of your Stockings: Preparations
Taking care of your stockings actually starts long before washing them. This part is all about what to keep in mind before and while putting on your stockings.
Skin & Nail Care
Before taking your stockings out of their packaging, make sure you don’t have any dry skin on your hands and don’t have chipped or very pointy nails. Even the slightest unevenness may damage your nylons. If your skin on the hands is very dry (mine often is, especially during winter), or your nails are very pointy, I recommend to wear thin gloves to put on the stockings. This prevents your nylons from pulling threads or even getting a ladder.
Your legs should be nourished as well, before you put on your stockings. I recommend scrubbing your skin, especially on the legs, on a regular base. This makes your skin very smooth, which not only looks beautiful, but also helps while putting on your nylons. Also make sure you don’t have any callus at your feet. Furthermore, it makes sense to shave your legs and put on some lotion a while before putting on your stockings. If you want to wear thigh highs with silicone elastics, though, make sure there is no lotion left on your legs, because otherwise, they may slip down.
How to put on your Stockings
As soon as your skin is well nourished, we are going to put on those stockings! First of all: take some time for this process! Ladders occur when stockings get overstretched. So if we are in a rush and pull too strongly on our stockings, it is very likely they get damaged!
This is how to do it the right way: Roll your stocking together so you can slip in with your foot easily. Then, grab your stocking at the welt (the reinforced, upper part of the stocking) and carefully slip in with your full leg. Now, the only thing you have to do is to secure your stockings with the garters. That’s it!
How to take care of your Stockings while wearing them
Putting on the stockings without damaging them? Done! But an even bigger source of danger is actually the process of wearing your stockings. Not every mishap can be prevented. However, there definitely are some precautions you can keep in mind.
- When crossing your legs, make sure the heel of your shoe doesn’t get too close to your stockings! Otherwise, this can lead to holes in your stockings.
- If you sitting on a wooden chair or bank, make sure there aren’t any splinters of wood that may damage your nylons. An ale-bench is especially dangerous, by the way. If there is no other seat, though, be very careful. Especially when sitting down, and standing up.
First Aid for Ladders (Runs):
You can’t always prevent your stockings from ladders. So if you see one and are not able to change stockings, you can use hairspray or sheer nail polish to stick the ends of the ladder. This won’t make the ladder unseen, but at least it helps to prevent it from getting even bigger.