If you want to enjoy your latex garments and accessories for as long as possible, you need to give them proper care. Since we have plenty of experience in this regard, we would like to share it with you in this simple five-step manual.
Latex is quite different from woven cloth, leather and other common materials. Therefore, many of the usual and intuitive procedures associated with clothing do not apply. For example, latex should not go anywhere near a washing machine, let alone an ironing board!
But fear not, taking care of latex is no rocket science. In fact, it is quite easy, simple, and many even consider it a fun ritual. We are sure that you too will quickly learn and appreciate this essential aspect of wearing latex.
Make sure to store you garments in a dark, dry place, preferably avoiding contact between the individual pieces. The best method is a combination of plastic hangers and clothing bags but you can also use boxes of appropriate size.
When using boxes or flat surfaces in general, make sure you fold your garments neatly, as crumpling causes damage to the material. Most importantly, whatever you do, never weigh your latex down with other objects! Gloves, stockings and other accessories can be stored in the same manner but you may also use small non-transparent bags.
Before putting a garment on for the first time, it is necessary to treat its underside with a special solution, powder or silicone oil. If you had already worn the garment, it should have been treated so before being stored. There is no harm, however, in treating in once more before putting it on.
Each type of treatment brings a different sensation against your skin, so personal preferences are important. The treatment coats the material in a protective layer and makes dressing much easier. If you intend to wear latex against bare skin, make sure it is dry.
While dressing, look out for fingernails, necklaces, rings, piercings and other objects with potentially dangerous sharp edges. Then apply the final touch and polish your latex. You can use the polishing solutions or silicone oil we offer.
When wearing latex, pay attention to the same dangers as when dressing. Do not dig your nails into the material and avoid quick movements against objects with buckles, spikes and sharp edges in general.
Latex must never come into contact with objects made of softened silicone. This material tends to react with it and may cause irreversible damage. Before using emulsions of any kind, make sure they are latex-friendly. It is safe to use water-based solutions but under no circumstances should latex come into contact with animal fat or any other type of grease or oil, with silicone oil being the only exception.
Furthermore, light-coloured latex should not come into prolonged contact with metal objects, since it may leave dark spots on the material. These spots will fade out over time but it is impossible to remove them completely. Therefore, look out for zippers, sliders, buckles or piercings.
After you take your latex garment off, it will require thorough cleaning and drying. The best method is to use our special latex-cleaning products. Alternatively, you may simply wash your garment with lukewarm water and use soap or detergent if necessary to remove excessive grease and impurities.
Dry your garment on a plastic hanger, never use wooden or metal ones. Avoid washing lines as they may be impregnated with reactive solutions. Drying racks are to be avoided as well. After some time, turn your garment inside out to allow it to dry out completely. This is especially important with gloves and stockings.
After your garment has dried, it should be treated. The best option is the special antistatic solution we offer but you may also apply powder or silicone oil. Please bear in mind that oil has a slightly annoying tendency to catch dust and other particles. Do not forget to treat both the inside and outside of the garment.
After you complete all of the steps described above, it is safe to put your latex away.