Garment Care

Where right and left garments aren’t obvious, ie. sleeves, socks and leg tubes, the left garments have a small tab sewn into the top of the garment. Just remember, “Lefty Loopy”!

1. Wash your garments daily.
Garments should be washed every day, because it is important to remove damaging residue left by lotions and body oils. This will extend the life of your garment. Hand wash daily in COLD WATER ONLY, using a small amount of liquid TIDE, WISK or ZERO. You can machine wash semi-regularly, (delicate cycle) in COLD WATER, with the same detergent. We cannot guarantee the garments if other detergents are used. Do not use Fabric Softener or Bleach, as these products will disintegrate the garments. If you are bringing your garments to clinic for revisions, be sure they are washed and dried, and bring both sets.

2. To dry, lay it or hang it on a towel.
We do not guarantee garments if they are dried near a heat source, in direct sunlight, or in a dryer. These methods can damage the elasticity, causing the garments to lose their pressure. Most funding sources will not allow replacement of garments more than once every 2-3 months.

3. Be sure to wear one garment one day and the other the next.
The garments will wear unevenly and stretch out, giving unbalanced pressure, if one is worn more than the other. Begin wearing the garments gradually, building up to the 231/2 hours a day (burns), (or 12 hours for some trauma and lymphedema) a day in about a week, if needed. Wear the garments a wholee day before you begin wearing them at night.

When putting on your garments, remember to inch them on as you would a pair of stockings. Do not pull on from one end of the garment, e.g., the armpit or wrist, which stretches and strains the garment. You can hold the seams to aid in pulling them on.

5. Putting on gloves
When putting on gloves make sure they are pushed completely down into the finger webs. If you hold your gloved hand up to the light, you should not be able to see any light coming through the finger webs.

6. Velcro closures
When garments are not being worn, and before washing, fasten all the Velcro closures so the rough Velcro won’t pull and rip the garment. Be careful of the Velcro when putting on the garment.

7. Creams
Make sure any creams you use are well absorbed into the skin before you put on your garments. Oil-based creams can break down the fibers in the garments. Water-based creams are the least harmful to the garment; therefore, your warranty applies for WATER-BASED CREAMS ONLY. We do not guarantee the garments if oils or oil-based creams are used.

8. Deodorants
It is best to wear roll-on or spray deodorants with your garments rather than stick deodorants. Stick deodorants can cause breakdown in the underarm of the garment.


There are several things to be aware of when you begin wearing your pressure garment. You should build up to wearing them 23 1/2 hours a day (or 12) as soon as possible. For burns, hypertrophic scarring can begin after only a few hours of not wearing your garments. However, please be cautious of the following:

- You notice an allergic reaction.

- You feel any tingling sensation or numbness, especially in your hands, legs, or feet.

- Your skin begins to turn blue, particularly in your hands and feet.

- You begin to develop a sore larger than a dime.

- Your breathing feels affected (when wearing a vest).

- Wearing head garments: be sure to see your dentist regularly to assess if the garment is affecting the jaw. RGC cannot be held responsible if the jaw line is affected.

- RGC does not recommend that babies under 2 ½ years old wear head garments at night.

- Edema transferring to an inappropriate area

Some of these symptoms are indications that your garments may require further revisions, or you are not ready to wear some, or all, of them. Please remove the garments immediately and contact us as well as your therapist/doctor. We will make arrangements with you to correct any problems.

We look forward to serving you. Please contact us with any concerns you may have.