Nothing is more frustrating than getting a new pair of tights or hosiery and then immediately getting a run. Here are some tips on how to prevent runs in tights. Some are tried and true methods, and others I'm going off of the advice of others. Still, anything's worth a try if it'll prolong the life of your legwear, right?
Prevent Runs in Tights
#1 Not all tights are created equally.
Buying opaque tights over nylons will help prevent runs. A high denier tight means it's thicker and more durable. Look for tights above 40 denier. Hipstik's opaques are 97 denier which makes them super soft and strong.
#2 Bigger is better.
You don't want to be over-stretching too-small tights, because you'll likely cause a run. If you're unsure of sizes, always opt for the bigger size over the smaller one. Your tights will thank you, and you'll be glad when they last longer.
#3 Pre-stretch your tights.
When your tights are new, you'll want to stretch them before putting them on. One unconventional way to stretch your tights is by wetting them and tossing them in the freezer. The theory behind this is that when the tights freeze, the fibers are stretched. Then once they thaw and dry, you can wear them without fear of runs. Before every wear you should at least be stretching your tights with your hands.
#5 Pull tights up by the ankle, not the waist.
A sure fire way to create sudden doom for your tights is to pull them up by the waist. Before tugging on the waist, find scrunched areas and gently work them up: ankle, calf, knee, thigh, THEN waist.
#6 Wash them by hand or in a mesh bag.
Tights should be washed by hand, but if you're in a rush, you can throw them in the washing machine in a mesh bag. Keep them separate from other clothing and make sure there's nothing that will snag them. Hang your tights to dry and avoid high heat.
If you do happen to get a small run in your tights, you can paint clear nail polish over the run or spray hairspray to prevent the run from spreading. But it's better to avoid them altogether by caring for your tights. I have Hipstik black opaques that have lasted me a couple of years, and I'm sure they'll last for years to come. Buy good quality tights and care for them and you won't be dealing with runs very often.