Latex is a natural fabric and needs some love and attention to ensure that it will last a long time in good condition. Are you new in the world of latex? Here are some tips and tricks with regards to latex care…
- Apply silicon based lubricant (not the warming, cooling, flavoured kind) or talcum powder (100% talc, not baby powder) on the inside of the item that is tricky to get on. This makes you ‘slide’ in more easily and it will avoid damages to your item.
- Hand wash all your latex items after you have used them. Do so in lukewarm water with some dish soap (like Dreft or Fairy), rinse well and hang out to dry. Turn your item inside and out until it is completely dry.
- Are you wearing your item again soon? After you washed your item and rinsed it well, you can wash it in clean lukewarm water with a shine agent (like Vivishine).
- Are you not wearing your item again soon? I advice you to talc your item with talcum powder (100% talc, not baby powder) after your item is completely dry and store it away.
- Keep your latex items out of direct sunlight. This might stain your latex.
- Store your items in a dark place. Preferably hanging them up (covered to avoid damaging from surrounding items) or putting them away in a zip lock bag.
- Do you want your latex item to be nice and shiny when you wear it? Apply some silicone lubricant with a lint free cloth. It is easy to apply when wearing to item.
- Latex does not like oils (from for example moisturizers, fake tan, body creams, perfume or deodorant), it can stain the latex permanently.
- Avoid nicotine or metal/copper (like coins or jewellery) to get in touch with your latex items. This might leave permanent brownish stains on your latex.
- Make sure you latex does not come into contact with any sharp object like long fingernails, jewellery, glass or knives, as this my rip the material.
- Do not let your latex items come into direct contact with heat. Watch out with irons, hairdryers and heaters/radiators.
- Be aware to not store light coloured latex with darker coloured latex. The lighter coloured latex might stain.
Washing your latex
To wash your latex items fill a bowl/bath/bucket/sink with lukewarm water and add a bit of dish soap (like Dreft or Fairy). Hand wash your items inside and out. Rinse well after your done. There should not be any more soap on your items.
You can dry your latex items carefully with a towel or hang it to dry indoors, away form sunlight. Turn the items inside and out until your items are completely dry. Normally it takes about 24 hours to dry.
When storing your items, apply talcum powder (100% talc, not baby powder) to the items to get rid of any moisture. Store your items in a dark place. Preferably hanging them up (covered to avoid damaging from surrounding items) or putting them away in a zip lock bag.
Do you want to wear your items again and not store it away for a longer period of time? After you washed your items and rinsed them well, you can wash them in clean lukewarm water with a shine agent (like Vivishine). Let the items dry by using a towel or hanging them indoors. Make sure to dry your items inside and out until they are dry and shiny again.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions or experience any problems. I want you to be as happy with your items as I was making them.
I cannot be held responsible for problems arising due to items of clothing being poorly maintained, stored or worn.