If you are looking for mastectomy bras near me, you can find a wide selection at A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe. To ensure that your bras stay in top condition you need to show them some tender loving care. Here are our tips on how to care for your mastectomy bra.
To clean your mastectomy bras and prolong their longevity and performance, you need to be gentle. Handwashing is the best way to thoroughly clean your bras without wearing down the fabric or damaging the elasticity.
To hand wash your bras, fill a laundry tub with warm water, and dissolve a mild detergent according to the instructions. Soak your bras for approximately 60 minutes, then gently rub the fabric against itself, focusing on the under bust and underarm areas which are more affected by perspiration. Rinse thoroughly under clean water until it runs clear.
2. Wash Occasionally
Unlike panties, you do not need to wash your bra every day. It is recommended that you wash your mastectomy bras every 2-3 wears depending on the weather and your activity level.
Sports mastectomy bras need to be washed after every use as bacteria thrive in warm, damp environments. They are also constructed from heavy-duty fabric which can tolerate more frequent washing.
3. Machine Washing
While handwashing is the recommended method for cleaning your mastectomy bras, many women do not have the time. You can machine wash your bras, but there are some rules to follow to prevent damaging and stretching your bra.
Connect any fasteners whether your bra has front or back closures to prevent tangling. Wash your bras inside separate laundry bags, or use a pillowcase. Set your washing machine to its lowest temperature setting and slowest spin cycle. And, finally, never use bleach.
4. Gentle Detergent
Concentrated laundry detergents can contain harsh chemicals and enzymes that can erode the fabric of your mastectomy bras faster. Alcohol-free detergent is best, and you can find laundry detergents specially formulated for use on delicate items.
5. Line Dry
Drying your mastectomy bras in the dryer may seem convenient; however, the high heat can damage delicate detailing such as lace, heat and warp underwires and reduce the elasticity of the stretch fabric.
The best way to dry your mastectomy bras is to remove excess water after rinsing by laying the bras on a towel and patting it dry with a second towel. Then, hang the bra to air dry.
6. Store Your Bra Properly
Storing your bras correctly is an important way to help your bras retain their shape and supportive features.
You can find mastectomy bra storage boxes specifically designed to hold your bras in the correct shape. Alternatively, you can use a clean shoe box, but make sure to find a shoe box that can fit your bra without needing to fold the bra in half or squash the bra cups.
You can also store your bras on hangers inside your closet. Close the hooks first and leave plenty of space between bras to keep molded cups dent-free.
7. Store Your Breast Forms Separately
Just like your mastectomy bras, breast forms need to be stored properly when you are not using them to keep their shape and avoid damage. At A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe, we can provide specialized storage boxes for breast forms.
To keep your mastectomy bras and breast forms in good condition and performing optimally, it is essential to care for them to prevent damage and wear and tear. To find out more about how you can care for your mastectomy bras or to schedule a professional fitting, call A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe on (954)-543-1262.