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Latex can be kept for many years in good condition if handled with care. To help you understand how to look after your rubbery goodness we have listed below some helpful hints
Latex will tear very easily if it is pulled or snagged on anything. Long fingernails can be very hazardous.
Always use plenty of talc/lube on the inside of the garment to assist pulling on. Be careful at this stage with long fingernails. Pushing/sliding is safer than pulling.
Latex can be affected by perfume, body sprays and body oils. Do try to avoid these coming into contact with the garment. Also many forms of liquid can affect the surface finish of latex, be very careful when leaning against a wet bar top for example.
Light coloured Latex can stain very easily. A chemical reaction occurs pretty damn quickly when latex comes into contact with copper or copper deposits which can exist in many metal items, so avoid wearing a metal chain or collar, and avoid coming into contact with coins.
The outer surface of latex can be polished using a water based polish such as Latex 101 Shiner or Black Beauty. Silicone sprays and fluids such as Eros lube are NOT recommended. They WILL make your latex shine bright, but the silicone deteriorates the rubber more quickly and makes the garment near-impossible to repair.
When removing your garments wash them with lukewarm soapy water and rinse them thoroughly in the shower. Some wearers find it easier to get under the shower to undress. Turn the garment inside out allow to dry. Do not hang light colours on a metal hanger or rail. The garment must then be thoroughly dried and talced on the inside. Beware! Washing too much and leaving the garment in water can cause the garment to lose its shine.
When latex comes in contact with natural light it develops a white powdery bloom which cleans off, but is undesirable and weakens the rubber’s strength and shine. You can avoid this by storing your garment in a cool dry place out of the light, covered by a black bin liner.
Each time you wear your garment put more talc on the inside and if required polish the outside surface.
Following these instructions should ensure that your garment lasts for many years, however, latex is a natural product and can wear very quickly particularly at stress points such as the elbows, knees and seat and especially when the garment is tight fitting.