Your latex garments should be washed in luke warm clean water with no soap or detergents.
If you are wanting to store your garments after washing, carefully wipe off excess water with a soft lint free cloth and you can either leave to dry flat or for garments like bodysuits, catsuits, etc hang on a plastic hanger away from natural light to dry.
If you are wanting to wear your garments after washing, we recommend washing with a spoonful of Vivishine in the water and then hanging to dry. This will ensure that your garment dries shiny and precoated on the inside ready to wear.
Store flat, lightly coated in talcum powder in a cool dark area like a cupboard that does not get hot and shuts out natural light. It is also a good idea to wrap each piece in acid free tissue paper too.
Polishing and Conditioning
Polishing - You can polish your latex with a silicone based polish or spray. We particularly recommend Vivishine for washing and then drying pre-polished or for a high shine use Pjur Cult Ultra Shine Spray.
NEVER use any polish or other product with with an oil or petroleum base as this will destroy your latex!
If you are using a latex polish that requires rubbing on with a cloth, make sure that it is a soft lint free cloth as polishing too hard with a rough cloth can permanently scratch the surface of the latex. When polishing, make sure that your cloth has a good amount of fluid on it at all times and does not dry out. We use Chux or similar cloths.
Putting On Your Latex
How you put your latex on comes down to personal taste really. There are a few different methods and recommend that you try them all and find out which you personally prefer.
The Talc Method - Coat the inside of your garment with talcum powder as well as yourself. Gently ease into your garment and add extra talc to any areas that need extra "slide".
Pros: Easy to do. You can buy talcum powder just about anywhere. Cheap. Gives you a nice dry feel inside the latex until it warms up and settles onto your body in the right places. Smells nice.
Cons: Messy to use (we recommend standing in a bathtub or at the very least in the bathroom). Talc can become a bit "pasty" inside the latex after wearing for a while. You will need to clean and repolish the outside of your outfit if you want it to be shiny because the talc won't just stay on the inside.
The Dressing Aid Method - Dressing Aids such as Pjur Cult Dressing Aid and Conditioner can be used to make the inside of the garment slippery so it's easier to slip on. All instructions are on the product bottle, however the basic deal is that you coat the inside with the product and and then slip on in! Vivishine, although not a dressing aid (they do have a dressing liquid that we will get in soon) also helps with slipping into garments too because it leaves a slippery coating on the inside and outside of the garment after it has dried.
Pros: These products are meant for getting into latex so super easy to use. Does not require a big clean up after and latex won't need to be recleaned before stepping out the door.
Cons: It starts slippery so you won't start with that dry feeling. The products are costly, however they do last a long time.
The Lube Method - This isn't one that we highly recommend but it can be used in a pinch. You can use a water based lubricant (MUST BE WATER BASED!) to coat the inside of the garment in the same fashion as a dressing aid to help you slip in. This is great if you like that very slippery, "stuck to you" feeling.
Pros: Will get you out of a bind if you need something to help you get dressed in a hurry. It's cheap.
Cons: You will have to cover yourself in lube. It will start with that slushy feeling and once you add sweat it won't get better. Depending on how much you use (try to go for as little as possible), you may find that you have some of the lube squish out of the edges of your garment and dry with a slight "film" on your skin.
Do's and Don'ts
- Store in a flat and lightly talced in a dark, dry and cool place. Preferably wrapped in acid free tissue paper.
- Clean and condition your latex regularly
- Wear light cotton gloves when putting on your latex or at the very least take care with nails, etc as they can damage, puncture or mark you garment.
- Take care when putting on your garment as being too rough, especially with the thinner latex can result in tearing.
- Use a soft, lint free cloth when cleaning and polishing your garment.
- Enjoy your latex!
- Get any oil or petroleum based liquids, creams, etc or greases and solvents on your latex. This includes but is not limited to: Body oils and moisturisers, vasolene/petroleum jelly, oil based lubes, perfume oils and perfumes in general. They destroy rubber and will ruin your garment.
- Attempt to tumble dry, iron or dry clean your garments.
- Use a hard or rough cloth when polishing your garment.
- Let your cloth dry out or rub too hard when polishing your latex as this could permanently scratch or mark the surface.
- Expose to heat, sunlight or light with a high U.V. as it can discolour and eventually destroy your garment.
- Store in damp or hot conditions.
- Expose to fire and naked flames as latex rubber is flammable and burns readily.
- Let your latex come into contact with copper, brass or bronze. These metals permanently stain latex, especially light colours. Even take care to wash your hands well after handling coins, especially copper coins as the residue left on your fingers can transfer to the latex.