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How To Clean & Preserve Tights

When you find that perfect pair of tights, you want to make them last. And there's nothing that wears gorgeous hosiery down like careless laundering. From sheer to opaque and nylon to spandex, keep every pair of pantyhose looking like new by treating them properly. This way you'll help maintain color, elasticity, and fabric integrity for longer than you thought possible. That's why we're breaking down the basics of washing delicates like these. Keep your tights clean with these helpful tips on how to treat stains and wash.

Gather These Tools:

Delicate Wash, Stain Solution, Mesh Bag Bundle


Go For A Touch Up

Before laundering, treat any stains on washable fabrics with Stain Solution. Use tepid water and work it directly into affected areas.


Freshen Up Nicely

To remove persistent odors, mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with a sink full of tepid water and soak for up to 30 minutes. Rinse well before laundering.


Black tights being washed in a sink using The Laundress's tights laundering method.


Give Your Favorites A Hand

Handwashing is the best and safest way to care for delicates like tights and hosiery. This can help protect the color and elasticity and prevent snags and tangles that can occur when machine washing tights.

Fill a wash basin or sink with tepid water and Delicate Wash. Soak for at least 30 minutes. Rinse well, running cool to room temperature water over the item until the rinse water is no longer soapy.

To dry, do not wring. Instead, press the delicate tights against the sink or basin to remove the water. You can also remove water by laying the tights over a towel, then rolling the towel upwards or folding it in half and applying pressure.

A pair of tights being washed using The Laundress's method to clean & preserve black tights.


Machine Wash With Care

If you must machine wash, do it gently for the best results for your favorite tights. But remember, washing machines can expose hosiery to lint, which can make color appear dull. Make sure to follow these steps to avoid common pitfalls:

  1. Select the delicate cycle and cold water temperature on the washing machine.
  2. Insert items into a Mesh Bag to avoid tangling or snagging. This step is crucial as it protects your tights from gathering lint, which is difficult to remove. It also keeps your tights from twisting, which may lead to permanently misshapen tights.
  3. Add Delicate Wash for an effective gentle cleanse.


Get Hung Up

Simply hang your hose to dry, or lay them flat on a drying rack. Never, ever machine dry tights.

Tights hanging on a drying rack after being washed using The Laundress's method to clean & preserve black tights.