Tips for Your Tights
Tips for Your Tights
Always hand wash your tights
If you want your tights to last long, wash them by hand in cold or lukewarm water. If you don’t have time for that, you can wash them in a washing machine on max. 30°C (86°F), but be sure to use a closable laundry bag or small pillow case. It prevents the tights from being elongated or getting tangled with other pieces of clothing. The washing or spin-drying itself doesn’t ruin the tights, but if they already have some tiny, invisible damages (you bumped into the edge of a chair or table for instance while wearing them), the threads can easily snap, and there you have your first hole in your favorite tights.
Don’t wear your tights with cracked heels
The skin there is very thick and a deeper crack can cut your sheer 10-40 den tights. Before going to bed, apply some thick cream on your heels to soften the skin. A monthly visit to the pedicurist can also do wonders. They can take care of your feet much better than you could do it yourself, and they are not as expensive as people usually think.
Don’t put on your tights with broken nails
If you have broken nails, file the damaged edges or put on a Band-Aid. If your hands are very dry or cracked, apply some cream before getting dressed (sheer tights are especially vulnerable).
Wear also socks with winter shoes or boots
Don’t wear your tights with boots or winter shoes without putting on some smaller socks first. If you don’t let the tights rub against your shoes, their lifetime will be much longer.
Cut your toenails
Don’t let your toenails be too long when you wear tights. People often let their toenails grow longer in the summer because nail polish looks better that way. When autumn comes, cut your toenails short – no one will see your nail polish anyway, and long nails can cause a lot of damage your tights.
Store your tights in individual lockable bags
Store your tights in individual lockable bags which are big enough for the tights but not too big. If you squeeze out the air the packages will be smaller. You can easily stack them and can go through the bagged tights to decide which one to wear. If your tights are in an underwear drawer, the bags are easier to find; if you have lots and lots of tights, bags help to make them more organized.
Save your demaged tights
If you notice that your tights are damaged but there is no ladder yet (not all tights are prone to ladders, they appear mostly on more delicate 10-40 den tights. The knitting of thicker tights is not that vulnerable), apply some transparent nail polish around the hole and wait for it to dry. The nail polish binds the threads and the hole won’t grow bigger. If the damage is not obvious you can wear those tights for months to come.